The Toronto Blue Jays began their baseball life in 1977 as an American League expansion team. The Jays played their first game on April 7, 1977, at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, where they beat the visiting Chicago White Sox 9-5 during a minor snowstorm. Currently the only Canadian team in major league baseball, the Blue Jays have captured two American League pennants/World Series titles (1992, 1993).
Here are ten valuable Toronto Blue Jays baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Jays fans and sports memorabilia buffs. George Bell, Dave Stieb, Joe Carter, Tony Fernandez, Cito Gaston and Roberto Alomar are just several Jays personnel honored at the Rogers Centre's "Level of Excellence."
Toronto Blue Jays Pat Hentgen 1993 World Series Road Jersey
The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies four games to two to win the 1993 World Series. That year, pitcher Pat Hentgen posted a 19-9 record for the Jays. Hentgen's Toronto game-used #41 road jersey from Game 3 of the Series – won by the Jays 10-3 with Hentgen getting the win – sold at auction for $920.
Pat Hentgen's 1993 World Series jersey $920 - Robert Edward Auctions
Toronto Blue Jays Jerry Garvin Home Baseball Jersey
Jerry Garvin pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977-82, where he posted a 20-42 won-loss record. Garvin's 1979 Toronto game-worn #36 home jersey brought $690 at auction.
Jerry Garvin's 1979 home jersey $690 - Robert Edward Auctions
Toronto Blue Jays 1992 World Champions Team Signed Baseball
The Blue Jays won their first World Series title in 1992, defeating the Atlanta Braves four games to two. An Official American League ball signed by 28 members of that Blue Jays team – Joe Carter, David Wells, John Olerud, Cito Gaston, Pat Borders, Jimmy Key, Dave Stieb, et al., – sold at auction for $60.95.
Toronto Blue Jays 1992 team autographed ball $60.95 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Toronto Blue Jays 1993 World Champions Team Signed Baseball
The Jays scored their second World Series title in 1993. An Official 1993 World Series Rawlings ball autographed by 34 Blue Jays – Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor, Joe Carter, Mark Eichorn, et al., – fetched $113.53 at auction.
Toronto Blue Jays 1985-92 ALCS/World Series Full Tickets
A lot of eleven full tickets from the Jays' appearances in the 1985, 1991 and 1992 American League Championship Series (ALCS) and the 1992 World Series sold at auction for $95.60.
Toronto Blue Jays ALCS/World Series full tickets $95.60 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Toronto Blue Jays 1992 Limited Edition Gold Medal
A one Troy ounce limited edition gold medal commemorating the Jays' 1992 American League pennant and World Series title brought $488.75 at auction. That was in 2008, with gold prices of course taking off since then.
Toronto Blue Jays 1992 gold medal $488.75 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Toronto Blue Jays Joe Carter's Game-Used Fielder's Glove
Slugger Joe Carter played for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1991-97. Carter was the hero of the 1993 October Classic, delivering the Series-winning home run in Game Six. A well-worn Wilson fielder's glove belonging to Carter sold at auction for $179.25.
Toronto Blue Jays Roberto Alomar Game-Used Bat
Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar played for the Jays from 1991-95. He was the 1992 ALCS Most Valuable Player. A game-used Cooper bat signed by Alomar in silver sharpie on the black barrel portion brought $113.53 at auction.
Roberto Alomar signed Cooper baseball bat from his days with Toronto $113.53 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Toronto Blue Jays 1977 Jesse Jefferson Road Jersey
The Toronto Blue Jays went 54-107 in their first season in 1977. Pitcher Jesse Jefferson's 1977 Toronto game-used #34 road jersey sold at auction for $4,481.25.
Jesse Jefferson's 1977 Toronto Blue Jays inaugural season jersey $4,481.25 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Toronto Blue Jays David Wells 1980s Autographed Baseball Shoes
David "Boomer" Wells pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1987-92. Wells retired after the 2007 baseball season, leaving the game with a 239-157 won-loss record. A pair of game-used Nike Pro baseball cleats autographed by Wells from his time with the Jays during the late 1980s brought $131.45 at auction.
Toronto Blue Jays Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey
- Top image: Toronto Blue Jays 1987 team signed baseball $37 - Heritage Auction Galleries
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