A 19-year-old Rogers Hornsby made his National League debut on September 10, 1915. Valuable Rogers Hornsby baseball collectibles include autographed photos, signed baseballs, St. Louis Cardinals baseball player contracts, store model gloves and rare Collins-McCarthy baseball cards. The Rajah!
Rogers Hornsby (1896-1963) was one of the premier baseball players of his day. Nicknamed "The Rajah," Hornsby played his 1915-1937 major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, New York Giants, Boston Braves and St. Louis Browns, where he amassed 2,930 hits, 301 home runs, 1,584 runs batted in and a stunning .358 batting average. A two-time National League Most Valuable Player (1925, 1929) and a two-time NL Triple Crown winner (1922, 1925), Rogers Hornsby was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942.
Here are ten valuable Rogers Hornsby baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the field once again the great Rogers Hornsby...
Rogers Hornsby Autographed 8x10 Photo
Rogers Hornsby played for the Chicago Cubs from 1929-32. An autographed Hornsby photo picturing him as a Cub sold at auction for $1,195.
Rogers Hornsby signed photograph $1,195 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Rogers Hornsby 1917 Collins-McCarthy Baseball Card
Card #80 in the rare Collins-McCarthy Candy Co. of San Francisco baseball series features Rogers Hornsby. One graded example in SGC 50 very good/excellent 4 condition brought $9,560 at auction.
Rogers Hornsby 1971 Collins-McCarthy card $9,560 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Rogers Hornsby 1933 Goudey Baseball Card
Card #119 in the famous 1933 Goudey Gum baseball card issue features Rogers Hornsby in action. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition sold at auction for $3,346.
Rogers Hornsby 1933 Goudey card $3,346 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Rogers Hornsby 1950s Single Signed Baseball
An Official Sandlot League baseball signed by Rogers Hornsby on the sweet spot in the 1950s brought $4,780. "Any ballplayer that don't sign autographs for little kids ain't an American. He's a communist," The Rajah declared during the Red Scare era.
Rogers Hornsby 1934 Diamond Stars Baseball Card
Card #44 in the classic 1934 Diamond Stars baseball issue features Rogers Hornsby. A graded example in SGC 88 near mint/mint 8 condition sold at auction for $896.25.
Rogers Hornsby 1934 Diamond Stars card $896.25 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Rogers Hornsby 1945 Signed How to Hit and Catch Book
A small 20+-page instructional book published in 1945 titled How to Hit and Catch by Rogers Hornsby was signed by the author on front. This example brought $310.70 at auction.
Rogers Hornsby Signed Index Card
A simple index card signed by Rogers Hornsby in 1958 sold at auction for $597.50.
Rogers Hornsby signed/dated index card $597.50 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Rogers Hornsby 1920s Store Model Glove
Kids during the Roaring '20s could purchase the official Rogers Hornsby mitt made by Wilson as model 972. A used but not abused example fetched $101.58. Yeah, try to catch baseballs with this dinosaur!
Rogers Hornsby 1920s store glove $101.58 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Rogers Hornsby 1921 St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Contract
On February 23, 1921, Rogers Hornsby inked a one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals calling for a salary of $10,000 annually. Both Hornsby and Cardinals president Sam Breadon signed the contract, with National League president John Heydler opting for a stamp facsimile. This four-page agreement brought more than Hornsby's 1921 salary, selling at auction for $10,575!
Rogers Hornsby 1921 Cardinals contract $10,575 - Robert Edward Auctions
Rogers Hornsby Signed Hall of Fame Postcard
Hall of Fame postcards are popular with collectors. One Rogers Hornsby black-and-white example signed and dated in 1962 by "The Rajah" brought $1,527.50 at auction.
Rogers Hornsby autographed 1962 Hall of Fame postcard $1,527.50 - Robert Edward Auctions
Rogers Hornsby Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas, and Robert Edward Auctions, LLC, Watchung, New Jersey
- Top image: Rogers Hornsby 1928 Exhibit Supply card graded SGC 40 very good 3 condition $388.38 - Heritage Auction Galleries