For a true baseball fan, there is nothing like a piece of game-used baseball equipment. More than a baseball card or other forms of printed memorabilia, a game-used item offers collectors a direct connection to a favorite player or that famous, one-for-the-ages game. Unlike the card, it was there.

Some objects are collectible categories in their own right, such as game-used gloves, bats, baseballs, and jerseys. But other game-used collectibles are more modest, such as a wrist band from the dugout, with the player’s number scrawled on it with a Sharpie, or a pair of batting gloves, with their residues of dirt, pine tar, and sweat. This stuff has seen serious action—it’s as close to being in the game as a fan can get.

There are several approaches to collecting game-used baseball equipment. You can focus on a team, trying to acquire items for each player in a starting lineup—the Florida Marlins in 1997, the Arizona Diamondback in 2001, the Boston Red Sox in 2007. Or you can collect by type—a display case full of batting gloves makes a nice conversation piece. But most collectors want items used by their favorite slugger, pitcher, or fielder, whether it’s Hall of Famers like Rod Carew or Ryne Sandberg or current stars like Hideki Matsui and Tim Lincecum.

Because game-used items are used, they will not be in pristine shape. In fact, signs of wear can be indications of authenticity. A game-used bat, for example, will often have rack marks on it, indicating the mild wear that comes with a bat’s storage. Cleat marks in a bat—caused when a player knocks a bat against his shoes to dislodge mud or dirt from between his cleats—are another potential sign that a bat’s claimed pedigree is credible.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Old Cardboard

Old Cardboard

Check out this well-organized collection of 500 sets of baseball cards, each over 50 years old. Browsable by type a… [read review or visit site]

The Baseball Card Blog

The Baseball Card Blog

Ben Henry's lively vintage baseball card blog, started in January 2006, offers hundreds of great posts on (and pict… [read review or visit site]

Cardboard Junkie

Cardboard Junkie

Dave Campbell's in-depth blog on old baseball (and some football) cards lives up to it's motto: 'do cards, not drug… [read review or visit site]

Baseball Cards 1887-1914

Baseball Cards 1887-1914

Roll up your socks for this Library of Congress collection showcasing hundreds of players on colorful early basebal… [read review or visit site]

Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame

A home run for baseball collectors, this site features special online exhibits, ranging from a baseball-uniforms da… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Authentic 1971 Chicago White Sox Game Worn Wilson Jersey PurdinBaltimore Orioles Jerry Hairston 2001 Tbtc Game Worn Used Jersey (cubs Dodgers) 2012 Albert Pujols Game Used Signed Marucci Bat Grade 9 Psa/dna 1bo7919Joey Votto Authentic Game Used Signed Nike Cleats Auto Psa/dna V78333Original Vintage 1910-12 Reach Official American League Baseball, Very Nice!!!Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros Major League Baseball Game Used Baseball BatManny Machado Rookie Year Game Used Issued Signed Marucci Bat Psa/ Dna U81923Albert Pujols Signed Game Used Nike Turf Shoes Cardinals Psa/dna P81666Tino Martinez Miami Marlins 2013 Game Used Worn Black Jersey (yankees Mariners) Derek Jeter Signed Game Used Michael Jordan Cleat Auto Steiner Coa YankeesDerek Jeter 2012 Game Used Michael Jordan Batting Glove Steiner Coa Ny YankeesJoey Votto Authentic Game Used Signed Hat Auto Psa/dna V782982015 Topps Tier One Ted Williams Bat Knob 1/1 AmazingPaul Konerko Game Worn Used Signed White Sox 2005 World Series Jersey Mears PsaJake Marisnick Miami Marlins Game Issued Un Worn 2014 Black Jersey (astros)1943-44 All American Girls Professional Baseball League Game Used BaseballDerek Jeter 2010 Game Used Pair Of Michael Jordan Cleats Size 11.5 Steiner CoaHouston Astros Colt 45's Game Worn Used Turn Back The Clock 2012 Helmet Mike Trout 2013 Game Used Cleats!! Signed Dated '13 Gu Jsa AngelsGame Used/ Worn Issued 2011 Phillies Chase Utley Jersey 2013 Joey Votto Signed Game Used Cincinnati Reds Jersey Psa/dna V783002014 Evan Longoria Rays Game Used Louisville I13 Bat Autographed Mlb HologramWilson Valdez Miami Marlins 2013 Game Used Worn Jersey Phillies Yakult SwallowsPhillies Domonic Brown Game Issued Un Worn Civil Rights Tbtc Jersey Brandon Phillips Signed Game Used Under Armor Cleats Psa/dna/ Itp 4a638931983 Houston Astros Game Worn / Used Home Jersey # 5 LillisFernando Rodriguez Houston Astros Game Worn Used Jersey (a's Athletics Angels)Eduardo Perez Houston Astros Game Worn Used 2013 Home Jersey (angels Cardinals)Houston Astros Jeff Bagwell Game Worn B.p. Jersey - Team LoaScott Servais Houston Astros 1992 Game Worn Used Jersey (cubs Giants Rockies)Giancarlo Stanton Single Game-used Baseball V Williams 4/21/15 Mlb AuthenticatedRare 2000 St. Louis Cardinals Mark Mcgwire/ Custom Eduardo Perez Game Used BatOmar Moreno 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates Game Used Jersey2012 Didi Gregorius Cincinnati Reds Game Used Mlb Debut "next Derek Jeter?"Tampa Bay Rays Powder Blue Gomes Team Issued (worn?) Post Season JerseyMike Jorgenson 1980 Game Worn Used New York Mets Home Pinstripe Jersey Heavy UseMark Teixeira Game Used Worn Signed 2012 Postseason Cap Hat Steiner Mlb Mears Phillies Game Used 1979 Richie Hebner JerseyGame Used 1994 West Palm Beach Expos Throwback Jersey Mitchell And Ness #9 XlEric Davis Cincinnati Reds Game Used Bat Rookie Year Bat Autographed Signed Manny Machado Game Used Single Batting Glove Psa/ Dna R77545Yankee Stadium Game Used Bleacher Seat No Legs Attached Steiner Coa Mlb AuthKevin Kiermaier Game Used Photomatch Autograph Tampa Bay Rays Jersey W/hologramGame Used 1997 Phillies Rare Rex Hudler Jersey. Ashburn Armband And Jr PatchAlex Rodriguez Game Used Louisville Slugger Bat Grade 8.5 Psa/dna 1b038021977 Diego Segui Seattle Mariners 1st Year Original, Game Used Baseball CapEarly 1980's Britt Burns Chicago White Sox Pre-game Worn Baseball Jersey1965 Roy White Columbus Confederate Yankees Original, Game Used Baseball CapCarlos Marmol Miami Marlins Game Used Worn 2014 Jersey (dodgers Cubs) Yoenis Cespedes Game Used Autographed Batting Gloves 2013 Oakland Athletics2002 Larry Walker Colorado Rockies Worn Batting Practice Jersey Majestic1975 Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League Pcl Game Worn Baseball Jersey Autographed Signed Alex Rodrigue Game Used Single Batting Glove Psa/ Dna S89849Hanley Ramirez Auto 2009 Game Used Florida Marlins HelmetJohan Santana Game Worn Used Rookie 1999 2000 Minnesota Twins Jersey Mears LoaKen Griffey Jr. 2003 Sweet Spot Game Used Batting Glove Swingman Mariners CoaDetroit Tigers Great Willie Horton Signed Game Used Ls Model B91 Baseball Bat!!!1973 Jim Turner New York Yankees Original, Game Used Pro Km Cap Baseball CapOld Portland Beavers Minor League Cap Johnny Pesky EstatePhiladelphia Phillies Batting Helmet From The 1960s