Boston Red Sox Memorabilia

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Pity the poor merchants of Boston Red Sox memorabilia; pity fans of the Boston Red Sox even more. If ever there were such a thing as a "cursed" franchise, well, Chicago Cubs fans and Boston Red Sox fans would battle it out to the death. With their luck, however, both groups would somehow manage to lose.

Since April 26, 1901, when the then Boston Americans, who would later become the Red Sox, lost their first-ever game to the Baltimore Orioles (who themselves would go on to become the New York Yankees), Beantown has been plagued by dropped balls, losing skids, and stunning collapses. It is therefore a huge testament to the will and optimism of Boston fans that Boston Red Sox memorabilia remains so widely coveted today. Is it because no team in baseball can lose as originally as the Red Sox? Is it because the city collectively holds its breath knowing the odds of soon breaking its fabled curse are, statistically, in its favor? It's hard to say.

Famous and Infamous Boston Red Sox Memorabilia

Someone, somewhere owns the ball that Babe Ruth used to close out his 14-inning complete game victory in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Such an item, which is presumably behind enclosed glass in a museum somewhere, is today invaluable. So too are more notorious baseballs, such as the one that skirted through Bill Buckner's legs in Game 6 of the 1986 Series against the New York Mets. The bonehead play was even ranked number one on ESPN's list of the greatest 25 gaffes of the past 25 years.

That's not to take anything away from the franchise nor its devotees. There are so many landmark balls, bats, and jerseys that pay tribute to one of the most storied teams in Major League history that the market for Boston Red Sox memorabilia is, arguably, more robust than ever. For every "Buckner Ball" and ill-advised Harry Frazee trade, there is a 20th-strikeout ball from a Roger Clemens outing or a Game 6 home run ball from Carlton Fisk.


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