Valuable Satchel Paige sports collectibles include baseball cards, life-size wax figures, Kansas City Monarchs team photos, Negro League World Series programs, autographed photos and 1948 Cleveland Indians souvenir pennants.
Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (1906-1982) is one of baseball's legendary performers. A veteran right-handed pitcher for the old Negro Leagues, the 42-year-old Paige made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1948, later playing for the St. Louis Browns and the Kansas City Athletics. In 1971, Paige became the first Negro League player to be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame.
Here are ten valuable Satchel Paige baseball collectibles that are sure to interest historians and sports memorabilia buffs. "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." - Satchel Paige
Satchel Paige 1949 Leaf Rookie Baseball Card
The Leaf Gum Co. produced card #8 in 1949 – better known as Satchel Paige's rookie card. One graded example in SGC 50 very good/excellent 4 condition brought $5,581 at auction.
Satchel Paige's 1949 Leaf rookie card $5,581 - Robert Edward Auctions
Satchel Paige 1953 Topps Baseball Card Original Artwork
The Topps Chewing Gum Co. of Brooklyn, New York, issued card #220 Satchel Paige in their 1953 baseball card series. The original artwork for this card – depicting Paige as a member of the St. Louis Browns – sold for an astounding $58,750.
Satchel Paige 1941 Negro League All Star Game Advertising Broadside
The J.A. Lavery Motor Co. produced a broadside promoting Satchel Paige and the August 31, 1941, Provident Hospital Negro League All Star Game at Chicago's Comiskey Park. One surviving example in very good to excellent condition fetched $517.50 at auction.
Satchel Paige 1941 All Star Game broadside $517.50 - Robert Edward Auctions
Satchel Paige 1942 Kansas City Monarchs Team Photograph
Satchel Paige, Buck O'Neill and other members of the 1942 Negro League champion Kansas City Monarchs appear in a rare 9x6-inch team photograph. This period photo, along with a ticket stub from Game 1 of the 1942 Negro League World Series, sold at auction for $3,737.50. The Monarchs were at the top of their game that year, sweeping the Homestead Grays four games to none in what was the first official Negro League World Series held since 1927.
Satchel Paige and 1942 Kansas City Monarchs photo with World Series ticket stub $3,737.50 - Robert Edward Auctions
Satchel Paige 1942 Negro League World Series Program
Satchel Paige of the Kansas City Monarchs and Josh Gibson of the Homestead Grays grace the official September 29, 1942, program/scorecard for the Negro League World Series held at Philadelphia's Shibe Park. One example in good condition brought $690 at auction.
Satchel Paige 1970s Life-Size Wax Figure
A life-size wax figure of Satchel Paige as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs sold at auction for $2,629 at auction. The detailed figure had been displayed at a sports-themed wax museum.
Satchel Paige wax figure $2,629 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Satchel Paige Circa 1970 Single Signed Baseball
A creamy white Official Pony League baseball circa 1970 autographed by Satchel Paige on the side panel brought $2,629 at auction.
Satchel Paige autographed baseball $2,629 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Satchel Paige Autographed Maybe I'll Pitch Forever Book
In 1962 Doubleday published Satchel Paige's autobiography Maybe I'll Pitch Forever, as told to David Lipman. A signed copy of that book – "Best Wishes From Satchel Paige" – sold at auction for $2,390. Living up to the book's title, the 58-year-old Paige later pitched three scoreless innings for the Kansas City Athletics in 1965.
Satchel Paige signed Maybe I'll Pitch Forever first edition $2,390 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Satchel Paige Signed Business Card
Satchel Paige served as the honorary vice president of the minor league Springfield (Illinois) Redbirds in 1978. A Redbirds business card signed by Paige brought $179.25 at auction.
Satchel Paige Autographed Photo
An 8x10-inch black-and-white photo signed by Satchel Paige in black sharpie sold at auction for $418.25. The photo depicts Paige as a member of the St. Louis Browns, for whom he played from 1951-53. Paige had his best year for the Browns in 1952, where he posted a 12-10 record and struck out 91 batters. And bear in mind, Paige was 46-years-old at the time!
Satchel Paige St. Louis Browns signed photograph $418.25 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Satchel Paige Baseball Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey, and Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Satchel Paige 1948 Cleveland Indians souvenir pennant $657.25 - Heritage Auction Galleries