For a franchise that waited 86 years to finally win one again, they’ve certainly made up for lost time with four titles in a 15-year span. It hasn’t gotten old, though. Demand for 2018 Boston Red Sox World Series champions memorabilia is expected to be strong. In fact, fans were lining up outside sporting goods stores before the fifth game was even officially over, with fans hoping to be the first to snare some goods. Stores opened after the game and had plenty of customers.
If you were a New England sports fan born in 2002, there have been 11 championships to celebrate in the four major sports but winning never gets old and we suspect there will be a lot of Sox-oriented holiday gifting going on.
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If you’re a collector, the good stuff is online. Fanatics, which traditionally lines up autograph deals with many of the players on the championship teams, had several of those arrangements in place before the Series ended and has a special section online. Topps prepares some special card sets for championship teams and the Red Sox are no exception.
Here’s a roundup of Red Sox World Series gear and merchandise that’s hitting the market.
2018 Red Sox World Series Autographed Items
It’ll be a busy time for MLB partners who look to secure and sell Red Sox signed World Series items. Even if you’re not a Boston fan, some of the items are pretty sweet.
The final out of 2018 is commemorated on a photo of the championship celebration. Fanatics/SportsMemorabilia.com is promising at least ten autographs including Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, World Series MVP Steve Pearce and Eduardo Nunez. It’s likely buyers will get at least a few more signatures before the items are sent out. Prices are $1,799 for a 16×20 (the framed version with the Sox logo is $1,999).
Team-signed World Series baseballs are usually popular. Those are being offered for $1,799 or for a little more you can buy a set of eight balls signed by Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, Craig Kimbrel, Steve Pearce and Eduardo Nunez that comes in a Fenway Park shadowbox.
A single-signed Pearce ball runs $179.99 (one that’s inscribed “World Series Champs” is $199.99). All of them come inside a special box, but you can also buy display cases with 2018 World Series Champions imprinted on the front.
If you want to get your own autographs at one of the signing sessions sure to come during the off-season, you can grab an official Rawllings World Series baseball for $37.
There are team-signed bats as well, with the scores of the games and at least ten autographs imprinted on Louisville Sluggers and team-signed jerseys.
Some great individual moments are celebrated, too. You can buy that classic 11×14 photo of Andrew Benintendi making that leaping catch with the Green Monster as the background, with his autograph, for $179.99 and a 16×20 of his ALCS diving catch for $169.99. By the way, you can get 10% off any of the above items by using the code SCDAILY at checkout.
Steiner Sports has a deal with J.D. Martinez and is offering signed items including signed World Series caps, inscribed ‘World Series Champs’ bats, autographed baseballs and other items.
World Series Programs and Ticket Stubs
The digital world hasn’t come for the World Series program just yet. They’re still making them and at $25, it’s one of the cheapest collectibles you can own. They’ve been made since the first one back in 1903 and been a treasure trove of articles, photos and stats for a long time.
Tickets and ticket stubs remain very popular with collectors and there’s plenty of competition online for any that are offered. You can find them on eBay but be prepared to be aggressive.
Red Sox Game Worn Jerseys
You can’t get much closer to the game than a game-worn jersey and while there aren’t a lot of them out there, the fact that big league teams have gotten serious and organized about their on-field apparel does mean you can usually find some good stuff. Just be sure to grab an MLB authenticated one. As of now, there are three Betts jerseys and a Benintendi listed on eBay (complete with dirt) and you can probably expect a few more soon.
Red Sox Baseball Cards
There’s already a Topps NOW 2018 World Series champions set you can order and you can probably expect to see a boxed set offered sometime soon as well. Of course, you can grab 2018 Red Sox team sets and various Topps NOW cards from the season on eBay for just a few bucks.
World Series Press Pins
Another World Series tradition, the press pin (or ‘media pin’) is handed out to those who cover the event. They’re distributed in a little box and have a different design for each team, each year. Like tickets, they’re hot items and not that many are offered for sale but you can find a few on eBay.
Red Sox Championship Gear
Of course, if you’re not a Red Sox collector but you want a World Series championship hat or shirt for you or someone else, there are plenty of them.