The credit cards aren’t being processed quite like they were a year ago when the Cubs made their first World Series appearance since 1945, but 2017 World Series memorabilia has been in demand by fans of a team that hasn’t been there since 1988 and those who follow a team that endured some 100-loss campaigns in recent years.
When the Astros rebuilding project was in full swing three years ago, Sports Illustrated ran a cover story on the process, with a headline reading, “your 2017 World Series champs.” Copies of that magazine have been sizzling on eBay, with individual copies selling for $200 and up since the issue was recalled in stories about the team’s reemergence.
World Series programs are popular with collectors and again this year, MLB has produced a 250+ page program for the Series. You can buy a copy for around $15. The program contains more than 250 pages of comprehensive Fall Classic coverage. Inside is a history of the World Series, postseason rosters for the Astros and Dodgers and insights into some of baseball’s top stars.
The official Rawlings World Series baseballs are great for autographs if you’re inclined to chase down players from either side at some point—or you can just own one for a collector’s item. There’s a standard version like the one used on the field or a collector version with the two logos. You can buy them for $20 or less.
World Series jersey patches have been added to the jerseys again this year. A collector version of the patch comes in a package for a fairly modest price.
Of course, Topps will chronicle the event with 2017 World Series baseball cards through it’s NOW on-demand platform. New cards will be issued after each game via the NOW page on their website.