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The St. Louis Cardinals began their baseball life in 1882 as the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the American Association. They joined the National League ten years later in 1892, officially becoming the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900. The franchise has been a very successful one, fielding a number of Hall of Famers – Rogers Hornsby, Dizzy Dean, Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, Billy Southworth, Ozzie Smith, et al. – and winning eleven World Series titles in 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006 and 2011.
Here are ten valuable St. Louis Cardinals baseball collectibles that will excite both Redbird fans and sports memorabilia buffs. "Go crazy, folks!" as longtime Cardinals announcer Jack Buck used to say.
St. Louis Cardinals Dizzy Dean Home Jersey
Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953 and a member of the Cards' vaunted "Gas House Gang" of the 1930s, is one of the most famous pitchers ever to don a St. Louis uniform. Ol' Dizz's 1936 St. Louis Cardinals #17 home jersey brought a staggering $103,500 at auction.
Dizzy Dean's 1936 home jersey $103,500 - Robert Edward Auctions
St. Louis Cardinals Ken Boyer Home Uniform
Ken Boyer was the Cardinals' popular All-Star third basemen from 1955-65. The Liberty, Missouri-born Boyer broke in with the Redbirds in 1955, with his complete rookie year #14 uniform bringing $22,325 at auction.
Ken Boyer 1955 rookie year uniform $22,325 - Robert Edward Auctions
St. Louis Cardinals 1926 World Series Press Pin
The 1926 World Series pitted the St. Louis Cardinals vs. the New York Yankees. The Cards took the title in seven games. A 1926 Cardinals World Series press pin – given out to members of the media – sold at auction for $1,880.
St. Louis Cards 1926 World Series press pin $1,880 - Robert Edward Auctions
St. Louis Cardinals 1960s Black Bobbing Head Doll
Vintage baseball player nodders are big with collectors. A black St. Louis Cardinals bobbing head player doll from the 1962-66 era in near mint condition fetched a top bid of $1,044 at auction. These nodders could be purchased at the ballpark for around $2.
St. Louis Cardinals 1962-66 baseball player nodder $1,044 - Robert Edward Auctions
St. Louis Cardinals Dizzy and Daffy Dean 1935 Rice-Stix Baseball Card Set
St. Louis clothing manufacturer Rice-Stix produced a two-entry baseball card set in 1935 featuring the famous Dean brothers, Dizzy (Jay) and Daffy (Paul). Together, the Dean brothers won an incredible 49 games for the Cardinals in 1934, with Dizzy posting 30 wins and Daffy 19 wins. These two Rice-Stix cards – called regional issues and designated as UM7 in the baseball card catalog – are rare, with a pair of graded examples selling for $3,525 at auction.
Dizzy and Daffy Dean 1935 Rice-Stix regional baseball cards $3,525 - Robert Edward Auctions
St. Louis Cardinals Enos Slaughter 1953 Original Topps Baseball Card Artwork
Hall of Famer Enos "Country" Slaughter played for the Cardinals from 1938-53. The original artwork for the 1953 Topps baseball card #41 featuring Slaughter brought $2,644 at auction.
Original 1953 Topps artwork for card #41 Enos Slaughter $2,644 - Robert Edward Auctions
Stan Musial 1940s Chesterfield Poster
When talking St. Louis Cardinals history they don't come any bigger than Stan "The Man" Musial, who won National League Most Valuable Player honors in 1943, 1946 and 1948. Long before the 1964 Surgeon General's Report on the health dangers of smoking, Musial and a number of other prominent athletes did promo spots for Chesterfield cigarettes. A 1940s Chesterfield poster (21x22-inches) picturing Musial in Redbird cap and suit (that's a strange combination) in excellent condition sold at auction for $818. Yes, "Triple Smoking Pleasure" – along with lung cancer, emphysema, COPD, heart disease, bronchitis, etc. To his credit, Stan later gave up smoking.
Stan Musial 1940s Chesterfield poster $818 - Robert Edward Auctions
St. Louis Cardinals 1953 Yearbook
The official 1953 St. Louis Cardinals yearbook features Stan Musial on the cover. One example in excellent-mint condition brought $82.80 at auction.
St. Louis Cardinals 2006 World Championship Ring
In 2006 manager Tony La Russa's St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers four games to one to claim the World Series, with David Eckstein voted as series MVP. A 2006 world championship ring once owned by a member of the Cardinals' front office staff sold at auction for $9,560. It's made of 10K gold and sports 40 rubies on a bed of diamonds.
St. Louis Cardinals 2006 world championship ring $9,560 - Heritage Auction Galleries
St. Louis Cardinals 1968 World Series Game One Full Ticket
In Game One of the 1968 World Series at St. Louis' Busch Memorial Stadium, the Cardinals' Bob Gibson struck out 17 batters to lead his team to victory over 31-game winner Denny McLain and the Detroit Tigers. A full, unused ticket from that historic contest sold at auction for $448.50.
St. Louis Cardinals Credits & Top Image
- Auction results courtesy Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey, and Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: St. Louis Cardinals 1967 World Series photo pennant $66 - Heritage Auction Galleries