The San Diego Padres were founded as part of the National League in 1969 as one of four expansion teams. Fun Fact: the Padres are one of two California Major League Baseball teams (the other being the Los Angeles Angels) that were founded and stayed in California. The Padres adopted their team name from the Pacific Coast League team that arrived in San Diego in 1936. As of 2021, the last time the San Diego Padres have won the National League West division was in 1984, and the Padres have won the National League Pennant a total of 2 times in 1984 and 1988, but they unfortunately lost the World Series both years and have not yet won World Series championship and their franchises existence. The Padres were also the very last out of the 30 Major League Baseball teams to throw a no-hitter, where they finally did it against the Texas Rangers on April 9th, 2021. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Tony Gwynn, Randy Jones, Jake Peavy, Dave Winfield, Trevor Hoffman, and countless others. Because of their impact on the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. Recently we've discovered that some Padres jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Padres jerseys sold to date:
5. 2006-2009 Jake Peavy Game Worn Jersey - $179
Jake Peavy is known to be one of the Padres best starting pitchers in most recent years as he won the National League CY Young Award with a unanimous vote in 2007. In 2007, he earned the pitching Triple Crown as he led the National League in wins with a total of 19 wins, he struck out a total of 240 batters, and earned a 2.54 ERA. Peavy became the 8th player since 1969 to accomplish this. In 2006, Peavy was the captain of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, as he was opening game pitched and led USA to a victory. Peavy also signed the largest contract at the time in Padres history, getting an extension for $52 million. His jersey was sold as a part of the Heritage Auctions and was sold as part of the Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as his jersey was sold for $179, and was sold on November 7th, 2015.
4. Trevor Hoffman Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $391
Trevor Hoffman was an under appreciated but an absolutely dominating closer. Hoffman only led the league in saves in only 2 seasons, but he was able to record at least over 40 saves in 9 different seasons in the big leagues. Hoffman became the first reliever in Major League Baseball history to first hit the 500 save mark, and then was the first player to hit the 600 career saves mark, as he finished his career with a total of 601 saves, and held the record from 2006-2011 for most career saves by any closer. Hoffman signed this jersey that was sold at auction on the back of the jersey on the number 5, as his number was 51, and he wrote "All the Best", and then his signature right underneath that. The jersey was sold for $391 on November 4th, 2018 as a part of the Crown Sports Auctions in their 2018 October Auction.
3. 1976 Randy Jones CY Young Season Game Worn Jersey - $ 1,912
Randy Jones struggled in his rookie campaign, but he was able to turn it around in his sophomore season as he recorded 20 wins, and then in his junior season in 1976, Jones was really able to make his mark in the big leagues. In 1976, Jones was awarded with the National League's CY Young Award, he represented the Padres on the National League All-Star team, he led the league in games won with 22 wins, he led the league in total games started with 40, he led the league in complete games with a total of 25, and he led the league in total innings pitched with a total of 315.1. Jones also posted a 2.74 ERA, and struck out a total of 93 batters during his CY Young award winning season. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the 2011 April Dallas Signature Sports Collectibles Auction that was held in Dallas, as his jersey was sold for $1,912, and was sold on April 22nd, 2011.
2. 1999 Tony Gwynn 3,004th Hit Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $ 6,300
Tony Gwynn was one of the greatest hitters that Major League Baseball has ever seen, and he was able to bless the San Diego Padres fan base by playing his whole entire career in a Padres uniform. This jersey that was sold was the exact jersey that Gwynn was wearing when he recorded his 3,004th hit in 1999. 1999 was another stellar year for Mr. Padre, as he represented the Padres on the National League All-Star team, he recorded an immaculate batting average of .338, he hit a total of 10 home runs, he drove in a total of 52 runs, and he had a total of 62 stolen bases. Gwynn hit .338 for his career and was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame as a first ballot inductee in 2007. Gwynn had a total of 3,141 hits for his big league career, as he also recorded 200 total base hits in 5 different seasons, and the most impressive thing was that he only struck out a total of 434 times, meaning he was putting the ball in play most of the time he was at-bat, and he only struck out an average of once every 5.6 games. His jersey was sold as a part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Fall Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction and the jersey was sold for $6,300 as it was sold on November 20th, 2021.
1. 1977 Dave Winfield Game Worn Jersey - $ 9,600
Dave Winfield was a man of many talents, as he began his Major League Baseball career in a Padres uniform establishing himself as one of the best power hitters in the big leagues, but this almost never happened as Winfield was also drafted into the NBA by the Atlanta Hawks, and he was also drafted into the NFL by the Minnesota Vikings. Winfield chose to stick with baseball and he had one hell of a career. In 1977, Dave Winfield represented the Padres on the National League All-Star team, which was his first All-Star appearance of his career, he recorded a batting average of .275, he hit a towering 25 home runs, he drove in a total of 92 runs, and he had a total of 16 stolen bases to add to his name. In his time with San Diego, Winfield appeared in 4 All-Star games, he won two Gold Glove Awards, and he hit a total of 154 home runs, but then he went on to sign with the New York Yankees in 1980. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Platinum Sports Auction that was located in Dallas, as the jersey was sold for $ 9,600 and was sold on February 24th, 2019.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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