Roger Bresnahan made his major league debut with the Washington Senators on August 27, 1897. Valuable Roger Bresnahan baseball collectibles include autograph displays, signed baseball documents and funeral home books, store model bats and old tobacco and candy baseball cards.
Toledo, Ohio-born Roger Bresnahan (1879-1944) was one of the early pioneers of baseball. Nicknamed "The Duke of Tralee," Bresnahan played his 1897-1915 major league career with the Washington Senators, Chicago Orphans/Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, amassing 1,252 hits, 530 runs batted in, 212 stolen bases and a lifetime batting average of .279. One of baseball's most versatile players who could man all nine positions on the diamond, Roger Bresnahan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.
Here are ten valuable Roger Bresnahan baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again Roger Bresnahan...
Roger Bresnahan 1910-11 T3 Turkey Red Baseball Card
Card #4 Roger Bresnahan appears in the 1910-11 T3 Turkey Red Cigarettes cabinets baseball series. One graded example in PSA excellent+ 5.5 condition sold at auction for $2,151. This card carries the checklist on back.
Roger Bresnahan 1910-11 Turkey Red cabinet card $2,151
Roger Bresnahan 1911 T205 Gold Border Polar Bear Back Baseball Card
Roger Bresnahan graces the 1911 T205 tobacco baseball set. One graded example with the Polar Bear back variation in SGC 40 very good 3 condition brought $69 at auction.
Roger Bresnahan 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Baseball Card
Roger Bresnahan can be found in the 1909-11 T206 baseball series. One graded example with the Sweet Caporal Cigarettes variation in PSA good+ 2.5 condition sold at auction for $59.
Roger Bresnahan 1909-11 T206 card $59
Roger Bresnahan and Jacob Ruppert 1917 Signed Transfer Agreement
Toledo minor league team executive Roger Bresnahan and New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert both signed a 1917 transfer agreement which put one William Hamilton in Yankee pinstripes. This historic document brought $1,135.25 at auction.
Roger Bresnahan/Jacob Ruppert 1917 signed transfer document $1,135.25
Roger Bresnahan 1909 Nadja Caramels Baseball Card
Roger Bresnahan graces the 1909 E92 Nadja Caramels baseball series. One example authenticated/encapsulated by SGC sold at auction for $149.38. "Play Ball! And Eat Nadja Caramels The Winners," reads the card's back.
Roger Bresnahan 1909 Nadja Caramels card $149.38
Roger Bresnahan Store Model Bat
Adults and youngsters alike could purchase the Spalding Gold Medal Roger Bresnahan baseball bat. One used example circa 1910 fetched $95.60 at auction.
Roger Bresnahan Autograph Display
Roger Bresnahan autographs are scarce. A cut signature of the Hall of Famer matted and framed with a photo sold at auction for $836.50.
Roger Bresnahan autograph display $836.50
Roger Bresnahan 1907-09 Novelty Cutlery Baseball Card
Roger Bresnahan graces the rare 1907-09 Novelty Cutlery baseball postcard series. One graded example in SGC 50 very good/excellent 4 condition brought $776.75 at auction.
Roger Bresnahan 1907-09 Novelty Cutlery card $776.75
Roger Bresnahan 1944 Signed Funeral Home Guest Book
On October 18, 1944, at the Garner Funeral Home in Toledo, Ohio, Roger Bresnahan paid his last respects to early Philadelphia Athletics great Tully Frederick "Topsy" Hartsel (1874-1944), signing the "Friends Who Called" register. Ironically, Bresnahan would suffer a fatal heart attack less than two months later at his Toledo home on December 4, 1944. The Tully Hartsel funeral home book sold at auction for $1,434. Various flower cards, including one from the Philadelphia A's, accompany the book.
Roger Bresnahan signed 1944 funeral home book $1,434
Roger Bresnahan 1960 Fleer Baseball Card
Card #8 Roger Bresnahan graces the 1960 Fleer Baseball Greats series. One graded example in SGC 92 near mint/mint+ 8.5 condition brought $33 at auction.
Roger Bresnahan 1960 Fleer card $33
Roger Bresnahan Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Roger Bresnahan 1973 folk art tribute baseball rendered by artist George Sosnak $1,135.25
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