The Kansas City Royals made their major league baseball debut in 1969. Valuable Kansas City Royals baseball collectibles include team signed balls, George Brett and Dave Morehead game-used jerseys, Pine Tar Incident ticket stubs and founder/owner Ewing Kauffman autographed index cards.
The Kansas City Royals began their baseball life as an American League expansion team in 1969. In their major league debut of April 8, 1969, the Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins by a score of 4-3 in 12 innings. The Kansas City Royals have captured two American League pennants (1980, 1985) and one World Series title (1985).
Here are ten valuable Kansas City Royals baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking to the field once again at old Municipal Stadium – the Kansas City Royals...
Kansas City Royals 1982 George Brett Autographed Baseball Jersey
Hall of Famer George Brett played his entire 1973-93 major league baseball career with the Kansas City Royals. Brett's 1982 Royals game-used #5 home jersey – autographed across the chest – fetched a top bid of $4,481.25 at auction.
George Brett's 1982 game-used Royals jersey $4,481.25 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Kansas City Royals 1985 World Champions Team Signed Ball
The 1985 World Series was an all-Missouri affair, with the Kansas City Royals defeating the St. Louis Cardinals four games to three in what was dubbed the "I-70 Series" – a reference to Interstate 70 which connects the two cities. An Official American League ball signed by 24 Royals team members – George Brett, Willie Wilson, Bret Saberhagen, manager Dick Howser, et al., – sold at auction for $179.25.
Kansas City Royals 1985 team autographed ball $179.25 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Kansas City Royals Ewing Kauffman Signed Index Card
The Kansas City Royals was founded by pharmaceutical magnate Ewing Kauffman (1916-1993), from whom the Royals' Kauffman Stadium takes its name. A Kauffman signed index card certified by PSA/DNA brought $21.51 at auction.
Kansas City Royals Dave Morehead 1969 Game-Used Jersey
Veteran pitcher Dave Morehead played for the Royals from 1969-70. Morehead's 1969 Royals game-used #17 road jersey from Kansas City's inaugural season sold at auction for $418.25.
Dave Morehead's 1969 game-used Royals jersey $418.25 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Kansas City Royals 1980 American League Champions Team Signed Ball
The Kansas City Royals captured the American League pennant in 1980, only to lose the World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. An Official Major League 1980 World Series ball signed by 23 Royals members – George Brett, Amos Otis, Willie Wilson, U.L. Washington, Ken Brett, John Wathan, Paul Splittorff, et al., – brought $262.90 at auction.
Kansas City Royals Autographed Cooperstown Commemorative Bat
An official Cooperstown Bat Company Kansas City Royals commemorative team bat signed by Royals teammates George Brett, John Wathan, Fred Patek and Marty Pattin sold at auction for $136.
Kansas City Royals George Brett Pine Tar Game Ticket Stub
On July 24, 1983, during a game pitting the Royals against the New York Yankees, umpires disallowed a ninth-inning home run by George Brett at Yankee Stadium because of pine tar on his bat. Brett came charging out of the dugout like a wild man, protesting the call which had been instigated by Yankees manager Billy Martin. A George Brett signed ticket stub from that game – known today as "The Pine Tar Incident" – brought $580 at auction. Accompanying the ticket stub was a mini bat commemorating the infamous event.
George Brett autographed Pine Tar Incident ticket stub $580 - Robert Edward Auctions
Kansas City Royals 1970 Team Signed Ball
In 1970 the Royals posted a record of 67-95. An Official American League ball signed by 29 Royals team members – manager Bob Lemon, Bill Sorrell, Don O'Riley, et al., – sold at auction for $65.73.
Kansas City Royals 1971 Roger Nelson Game-Used Jersey
Journeyman pitcher Roger Nelson played for the Royals from 1969-72 and again in 1976. Nelson's 1971 Royals game-used #35 home jersey brought $1,057.50 at auction.
Roger Nelson's 1971 Royals home jersey $1,057.50 - Robert Edward Auctions
Kansas City Royals George Brett 1977 Autographed Jersey
George Brett's 1977 Royals game-used #5 road jersey – autographed by Brett on the collar – sold at auction for $5,581.25.
George Brett's 1977 Royals road jersey $5,581.25 - Robert Edward Auctions
Kansas City Royals Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey
- Top image: George Brett autographed New Era Pro Model Kansas City Royals baseball cap $77.68 - Heritage Auction Galleries