The Chicago Cubs can trace their professional baseball history back to 1871, where they played under the moniker the Chicago White Stockings. In 1903, they officially became the Chicago Cubs – and the rest is history. The Chicago Cubs – a.k.a. the Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts, Chicago Orphans, Chicago Remnants – have captured 16 National League pennants (1876, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, 1945) and two World Series titles (1907, 1908).
Here are ten valuable Chicago Cubs baseball collectibles that are sure to excite sports memorabilia buffs. It's been over a 100 years since the Cubbies took home a World Series title, but hope springs eternal among diehard Cubs fans who still flock to the friendly confines of historic Wrigley Field...
Chicago Cubs 1911 Ticket Booklet
Mrs. Charles W. Murphy, wife of the Chicago Cubs president, was awarded her very own free ticket booklet in 1911. That booklet – still harboring 18 unused tickets to Chicago's West Side Park – in fine condition brought $2,629 at auction.
Chicago Cubs 1911 booklet with unused tickets $2,629 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Chicago Cubs 1929 Composite Photographic Display
The Chicago Cubs captured the National League pennant in 1929, going 98-54 but later losing to the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series four games to one. A framed 1929 composite photograph of "Our Cubs," including notables Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson, Gabby Hartnett and Kiki Cuyler, sold at auction for $717.
Chicago Cubs 1929 framed photograph $717 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Chicago Cubs 1945 World Series Press Pin
The Detroit Tigers defeated the Cubs four games to three in the 1945 World Series. Chicago's 1945 World Series press pin – worn by members of the media who covered the Fall Classic – bears the familiar V for Victory World War II symbol. One example in excellent condition fetched $334.60 at auction.
Chicago Cubs 1945 World Series press pin $334.60 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Chicago Cubs 1932 World Series Mini Bat & Pennant
The powerful New York Yankees swept the Cubs four games to none in the 1932 World Series. A 1932 souvenir Cubs mini bat with pennant in excellent condition sold at auction for $191.20.
Chicago Cubs 1939 Team Photo Pack Set
The 1939 Chicago Cubs official team photo pack set numbers 25 6x9-inch black-and-white photos, including Dizzy Dean, Gabby Hartnett, Phil Cavarretta and Billy Herman. One set with original envelope brought $191.20 at auction.
Chicago Cubs 1939 team photo set $191.20 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Chicago Cubs 1967 Ernie Banks Pro's Pizza Baseball Card
Pro's Pizza issued a very rare baseball card picturing Ernie Banks on its boxes in 1967, along with other Cubs players Billy Williams, Glenn Beckert and Ron Santo. One Banks example in good condition brought $155.35 at auction.
Chicago Cubs 1957 Train Depot Baseball Schedule
A handsome 1957 train depot Chicago Cubs schedule entices travelers to come out to Wrigley Field and see the Northside Cubbies in action. One example in excellent condition sold at auction for $119.50.
Chicago Cubs 1957 schedule displayed at train depots $119.50 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Chicago Cubs 1909 Frank Chance Pocket Mirror
Chicago merchant tailoring firm Holek, Filip & Co. produced a very rare pocket mirror in 1909 featuring Chicago Cubs manager Frank Chance along with the home schedules for both the Cubs and the White Sox. Chance garnered the honor of appearing on the mirror as the Cubs had won the 1908 World Series. This mirror in near mint condition brought $4,994 at auction.
Chicago Cubs manager Frank Chance 1909 pocket mirror $4,994 - Robert Edward Auctions
Chicago Cubs Ernie Banks 1967 Autographed Road Jersey
When it comes to Chicago Cubs history no name looms larger than Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, affectionately known as "Mr. Cub." A Banks' signed 1967 Cubs road jersey #14 hit a top bid of $22,040 at auction.
Ernie Banks signed 1967 Cubs road jersey $22,040 - Robert Edward Auctions
Chicago Cubs 1929 Murderers Row Pinback Button
The 1929 Cubs had their own version of Murderers Row in Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson, Kiki Cuyler and Riggs Stephenson. A rare 1929 celluloid pin commemorating those four players in excellent condition sold at auction for $2,900.
Chicago Cubs 1929 Murderers Row/The Four Horsemen pinback $2,900 - Robert Edward Auctions
Chicago Cubs Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction results courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Edward Auctions, LLC, Watchung, New Jersey
- Top image: Chicago Cubs 1948 and 1950 yearbooks $95.60 - Heritage Auction Galleries
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