Editor’s Note: Another look at what’s hot in the world of baseball collectibles.
Baseball is a sport full of superstitions. You don’t talk to a pitcher during a no-hitter. You step over the foul line when walking on the field. And, if you were a Red Sox fan before 2004, you blamed the “Curse of the Bambino” for the 86-year drought between World Series championships. The Red Sox are undoubtedly one of the most popular teams in the world of baseball and sports collectibles. But these days, it’s not for being the cursed team; it’s for being a dominant force in the game.
Red Sox fans have witnessed an amazing history with their team. Along its historic path, some great collectibles have been created. This list covers just a few of the most valuable Red Sox collectibles.
• 1908 Mechanical Postcard—The rarest collectible on this list is the 1908 Boston Red Sox mechanical postcard. The front features the ballpark and team executives. The postcard then opens up in an accordion style to feature the players of the 1908 Boston Red Sox. Finding this 3 1/2-by-5-inch postcard is next to impossible, which is why it’s valued at close to $2,000.
• 1903 World Series Program—The most valuable collectible on our list of Red Sox memorabilia comes in the form of a program. The 1903 Boston Red Sox World Series program documents the first modern World Series in baseball. The Red Sox won and were forever a part of baseball history. The 1903 World Series program is valued at upward of $15,000.
• 1912 Yearbook—Baseball yearbooks are fun collectibles because they give us a snapshot of a time in baseball history. They have images and biographies of each player on the team. The 1912 Boston Red Sox yearbook is the oldest yearbook of the franchise. It features photos and sketches of the world champions. This historic document would fetch well more than $500 at an auction today.
• 1918 World Series Ticket—Until recently, 1918 was the last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. It was the beginning of the 86-year drought. For this reason, 1918 will always be an important year to Red Sox fans. A complete ticket from the 1918 World Series would be an important asset to any sports memorabilia collection. It would also be a valuable addition at nearly $1,500.
• 2004 World Series Ticket and Photo—The “Curse of the Bambino” was finally broken in 2004. Worthologist Howard Lau said this World Series win “definitely had an impact on the value of their memorabilia.” Collectibles from this historic event are sure to be great investments for fans. Right now, collectors can still pick up a 2004 World Series ticket and photo of the team celebrating for less than $200. I highly recommend adding 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series memorabilia to your collection. It is certainly an important event in baseball history.