The Kansas City Royals were founded as an expansion franchise of the American League in the year of 1969. Fun Fact: the Royals got their team name from the name “Royal” paying homage to the American Royal. The American Royal is a livestock show, a horse show, a rodeo, and it’s also a championship barbecue competition held annually in Kansas City since 1899.
As of 2021, the Royals have won the American League West division a total of 6 different times, and they’ve won the American League Central division one time in 2015. The Royals also have 4 American League Pennants to add to their name, as they’ve won the World Series championship twice, in the year 1985 against the St. Louis Cardinals, and again in 2015 against the New York Mets.
Fun Fact: the Royals were the most recent team from the American League Central division to win the World Series title. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as George Brett, Brett Saberhagen, Frank White, Dan Quisenberry, Amos Otis , and countless others. Because off their impact on the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. Recently we’ve discovered the five most expensive Kansas City Royals Jersey’s ever sold:
5. 1984 Dan Quisenberry Game Worn Jersey – $ 506
Dan Quisenberry was one of the most elite closers in Major League Baseball throughout the entire course of the 1980’s, and he is considered to be the greatest closer to ever put on a Kansas City Royals uniform. Quisenberry was known his unique delivery, as it was a submarine type delivery. He also led the American League in saves in 5 different seasons, and was a vital part of the 1985 Royals World Series Championship team as he posted a 2.08 ERA over 4 different appearances in the fall classic.
In 1984, Quisenberry was an American League All-Star as he represented the Royals on the American League team, he led the league in saves with a total of 44, he had 41 total strikeouts, and he had a winning record out of the bullpen with a 6-3 overall record. His jersey was sold as part of the Crown Sports Auction in January of 2017 for a total of $506.
4. 1978 Frank White Game Worn Jersey – $567
Frank White is one of the most underrated second basemen in the history of Major League Baseball. White was arguably the greatest defensive player in the history of the Kansas City Royals Franchise, as he has 8 total Gold Glove Awards to add to his name for his abilities to keep a very high fielding percentage and make many clutch defensive plays in key moments to help the Royals win big games.
In 1978, White was named to the American League All-Star team as he represented the Royals on the American League team, he won a Gold Glove Award for second base in the American League in 1978, he had a batting average of .275, he hit a total of 7 home runs and drove in a total of 50 runs. White is also second all-time in Royals franchise history with total base hits with 2,006 hits. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions for $567 as part of the Sports Collectible Auctions that took place in Dallas and was sold on November 9th, 2013.
3. 1986 Brett Saberhagen Game Worn Jersey – $840
Brett Saberhagen was arguably the greatest starting pitcher in the history of the Kansas City Royals franchise and was one who was unfazed by being put into the spotlight. He was one of the main stars on the 1985 World Series championship team.
He has won a total of 2 American League CY Young Awards one in 1985 and the other in 1989. In 1986, Saberhagen struggled as he posted a 4.15 ERA, and a losing record of 7-12, but one down season doesn’t matter as this man had the team on his back during the franchise’s World Series run the year before. His jersey was sold as a part of the Heritage Auctions for $840 as it was a part of the Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas and was sold on August 20th, 2017.
2. 1981 Amos Otis Game Worn Jersey from the Greg Stiegler Royals Bat Boy collection – $900
Amos Otis spent his formative years in a Kansas City Royals uniform and was a key contributor in helping the organization transform throughout the course of the 1970’s. Otis was a five-time All-Star and he won a total of 3 Gold Glove Awards throughout his career. Otis was known for his immaculate speed, as he created many action moments with his speed. In 1981, Otis only appeared in 99 total games, but he was able to rack up a total of 16 stolen bases, 9 home runs, 57 runs batted in, and he posted a batting average of .269. His jersey was sold as a part of the Heritage Auctions as a part of the Fall Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction, the jersey was sold for a total of $900 as was sold on October 18th, 2018.
1. George Brett’s Jersey from the Pine Tar Game – $174,000
George Brett is considered to be the greatest player to ever put on a Kansas City Royals uniform as he is one of the greatest third basement Major League Baseball has ever seen. Throughout his career, Brett has accounted for over 3,000 career base hits, he has hit over 300 home runs, he has a career batting average over .300, and he has added over 200 stolen bases to his name.
One of George Brett’s most famous moments was the incident that occurred during ” the pine tar game”, when Brett hit a game-winning home run at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees, and then the umpires reversed the call and took the home run away because they found pine tar on his bat. This incident is as famous as it because of the reaction George Brett had after they reversed the call, as he came storming out of the dugout and immediately charged up at the umpires trying to physically attack them while yelling at them at the same time.
He also signed the bottom of the jersey that was sold and labeled it ” Pine Tar Game, 7/24/83″. The jersey was sold for a total of $ 174,000.
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