As the 104th World Series gets underway, I thought it was time to pay my respect to the teams who’ve made it this far. Last week, I did a piece on Tampa Rays collectibles. Now, it’s time to honor the rich history of the Philadelphia Phillies.
In 1876, the Phillies were a charter member of the National League. In fact, they hosted the first game in National League history. Unfortunately, the franchise folded during the middle of the season. However, they came back in 1883, and they’ve been a crucial part of the National League ever since.
The Phillies first World Series visit was in 1915. They lost 4 games to 1 to the Boston Red Sox. The team would have to wait all the way until 1980 to win their first World Series. And you thought the Cubs’ fans suffered. Since their 1980 World Series win, the franchise has appeared in 2 World Series, 1983 and 1993, but they lost both times.
What follows is a list of some of the most unique and valuable Phillies collectibles. These document the rich history of one of baseball’s longest tenured franchises.
• 1915 League Champs Pennant- This pennant commemorates an important moment in Phillies history. 1915 was the first time the franchise made it to the World Series. They were the NL League champions. This pennant celebrates their league championship. Finding a baseball pennant this old usually means the collectible is in poor condition. Pennants are rarely preserved properly. However, a good condition 1915 Phillies League champions pennant is worth around $2000.
• 1915 World Series Press Pins- Press pins are some of the most exclusive antique baseball collectibles you’ll find. As the name implies, these are pins given solely to members of the press to wear on their lapels during the World Series. Finding a World Series press pin from the 1915 championship is a difficult task. Philadelphia press pins are priced between $6,000 and $11,000. A truly valuable collectible indeed.
• Mike Schmidt WS MVP Signed Ball- The 1980 World Series featured the Phillies against the Royals. The Phillies took the series in 6 games, putting an end to a nearly century long stint of no championship. Mike Schmidt was named the MVP of both the season and the World Series in 1980. He hit 2 home runs and drove in 7 runs over the course of the series. The Hall of Famer signed several baseballs with the inscription “1980 World Series MVP.” The balls are easy to find, but I think they still make for a great collectible. You can purchase them for well under $200.