Ten Valuable Nolan Ryan Baseball Collectibles
Nolan Ryan (1947-) was one of the hardest-throwing pitchers ever to play the game. Known as "The Ryan Express," the right-handed Ryan played his 1966-1993 career with the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, amassing a 324-292 won-loss record and a major league record of 5,714 career strikeouts. The author of seven no-hitters – 1973 (2), 1974, 1975, 1981, 1990 and 1991 – and an eight-time All Star, Nolan Ryan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.
Here are ten valuable Nolan Ryan baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia buffs. All on board for The Ryan Express...
Nolan Ryan 1968 Topps Rookie Baseball Card
Nolan Ryan shares his 1968 Topps rookie card #177 with fellow New York Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman. One graded example in SGC 88 near mint/mint 8 condition brought $1,154.37 at auction.
Nolan Ryan 1968 Topps rookie card $1,154.37
Nolan Ryan 1981 Houston Astros Game-Used Jersey
Nolan Ryan spent most of his career with the Houston Astros from 1980-88. A 1981 Astros game-used #34 Nolan Ryan road jersey – autographed by The Ryan Express on front – sold at auction for $4,929.38.
Nolan Ryan 1981 game-used Astros jersey $4,929.38
Nolan Ryan Single Signed Baseball
A baseball signed by Nolan Ryan on the sweet spot and graded/certified by PSA/DNA in gem mint 10 condition fetched $113.53 at auction.
Nolan Ryan 1977 Topps Baseball Card
Card #650 in the 1977 Topps baseball set features Nolan Ryan of the California Angels. One graded example in PSA gem mint 10 condition blew 'em away at auction, bringing a top bid of $1,493.75.
Nolan Ryan 1977 Topps card $1,493.75
Nolan Ryan 1990 300th Win Full Ticket
Nolan Ryan recorded his 300th win in Milwaukee on July 31, 1990. A graded full ticket from that historic game in PSA mint 9 condition sold at auction for $79.
Nolan Ryan 1990 300th win ticket $79
Nolan Ryan 1969 Topps Baseball Card
Card #533 in the 1969 Topps baseball series features New York Mets pitcher Nolan Ryan. One graded example in SGC 92 near mint/mint+ condition brought $286.80 at auction.
Nolan Ryan 1970 Topps Baseball Card
Card #712 in the high number series of the 1970 Topps baseball card set is Nolan Ryan of the New York Mets. One graded example in SGC 86 near mint+ 7.5 condition sold at auction for $137.43.
Nolan Ryan 1970 Topps card $137.43
Nolan Ryan 1972 Topps Baseball Card
Card #595 in the 1972 Topps baseball card series features Nolan Ryan of the California Angels. One graded example in PSA mint 9 condition brought $95.60 at auction.
Nolan Ryan 1972 Topps card $95.60
Nolan Ryan Autographed Photo
An 8x10 autographed color photo of Nolan Ryan as a Houston Astro sold at auction for $79.
Nolan Ryan 1982 LeRoy Neiman Serigraph
Noted sports artist LeRoy Neiman captured Nolan Ryan pitching his fifth no-hitter of September 26, 1981, against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Houston Astrodome. Limited edition print #73 of 300 – signed by both Neiman and Ryan in pencil – brought $1,015.75 at auction.
Nolan Ryan 1982 Leroy Neiman limited edition print $1,015.75
Nolan Ryan Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Nolan Ryan limited edition artist proof print signed by Ryan and artist V. Wells $79