The team that today is known as the San Francisco Giants is the winningest franchise in professional baseball, with more victories than any other, including the New York Yankees. Though not the oldest team in baseball (that distinction goes to the forebears of the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs, both of which got their start in 1876), the Giants, who played their first two seasons as the Gothams, have been at it since 1883.

Over the years, the New York Giants (1885-1957) and San Francisco Giants (1958-present) have sent plenty of players to the Hall of Fame, from pitcher Christy Mathewson (along with Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb, he was one of the Hall’s original five inductees in 1936) to Willie Mays (inducted in 1979). Other stars whose baseball cards and other memorabilia are quite collectible include Mel Ott, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, and Juan Marichal.

In addition to autographed baseballs and gloves, Giants fans also look for programs from the club’s 14 World Series appearances in New York and four in San Francisco. Also of interest are pennants, photos, and other ephemera from the team's many parks, which have included the Polo Grounds in New York (all four versions) as well as Seals Stadium (1958-1959), Candlestick Park (1960-1999), and AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Particularly prized, though not especially expensive, are Croix de Candlestick pins, which were given to fans loyal enough to tough it out to the end of an extra-innings night game at Candlestick Park, which can be one of the coldest and windiest spots in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Another even more chilling memento is one of the small pieces of concrete that rained down on some fans just prior to the opening pitch of game three of the 1989 World Series. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake had triggered the stone shower, and the game was postponed for 10 days as the region mourned the victims of the tragedy and struggled to rebuild. The Giants eventually lost that contest to the Oakland A’s, 4-0.


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    

Huge Lot Of 6,500+ Vintage Baseball Cards 1950s 1960s Topps Mantle Aaron Mays 1960 Nl All Stars Team Signed Baseball W Roberto Clemente Mays Aaron Hof Sgc LoaOriginal Late 1920's-early 1930's Mel Ott Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat Giants500 Home Run Club Psa/dna Letter Mantle William Mays Aaron Robinson Jackson Odell Beckham Signed/autographed New York Giants 16x20 Catch Photo JsaOdell Beckham Jr. Signed/autographed New York Giants Catch Bw 16x20 Photo JsaOdell Beckham Jr. Signed/autographed New York Giants Mini Helmet Jsa 1951 Ny Giants Vs Ny Yankees World Series ProgramVintage Willie Mays Macgregor M11k Model Baseball Glove Sf Giants HofChicago Bears Vs New York Giants Program 1934 Los Angeles Nagurski-grange-halas1972 Montreal Expos Vs Ny Giants Program & Ticket Stub 1951 Bowman Willie Mays Rookie High #305 ... Graded Sgc 401986 Topps Traded Tiffany #11t Barry Bonds / Rookie Card / Psa 10 Gem Mint1958 Topps Baseball Complete Set (494) W/ Maris Cepeda Rc / Mantle Clemente1951 Bowman Set Break #305 Willie Mays Rc Psa 3 Vg H201691966 Topps #1 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants Hof Psa 8 " First Card In Set "1933 Goudey 207 Mel Ott Psa 7 247165091952 Bowman #218 Willie Mays Hof New York Giants Psa 5 Ex1963 Topps #300 Willie Mays Hof San Francisco Giants Psa 8 Nm-mt2017 Topps Museum Buster Posey 1/1 Laundry Tag Momentous Materials Giants1951 Bowman Willie Mays Rookie Rc #305 Bvg 3 Very Good1965 Topps #250 Willie Mays New York Giants Hof Psa 8 Nm-mt 1957 Topps #10 Willie Mays Hof New York Giants Psa 7 Nm1955 Topps #194 "willie Mays" Hi# H.o.f. (giants) High Grade (nrmt-mt) No Rsrv. 1968 Topps #50 Willie Mays Hof San Francisco Giants Psa 8.5 Nm-mt+ Centered2003 - 2016 Rc's Hof Auto/patch Lot (30 Cards Total) Mccullers, Correa, Mays, 1968 Topps #490 Harmon Killebrew/willie Mays/mickey Mantle Psa 8 Nm-mt1953 Topps Set Break #244 Willie Mays Sgc 50 Vg/ex 4 H122091953 Topps #244 Willie Mays Psa 4 Vg-ex1971 Topps #325 Juan Marichal Hof San Francisco Giants Psa 9 Mint1/1 Buster Posey 2016 Topps Tier One Giants All-star Game Event-worn Jumbo Patch1960 Topps Willie Mccovey Hof Rc #316 Gai 8 Nm-mt Psa/sgc/bvg2008 Donruss Legends Willie Mays Museum Curator Game Used Relic/auto #d #1/51972 Topps #49 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants Hof Psa 9 Mint " High End "1955 Topps #194 Willie Mays Hof New York Giants Psa 5 Ex1957 Topps #10 Willie Mays New York Giants Bvg 7.5 Near Mint+ *sharp & Clean*1963 Post Baseball Near Complete Set 171/206 W/ Sp's Mays-clemente *602511964 Topps #423 Tops In National League W/ Hank Aaron Willie Mays Hof Psa 8 1987 Psa 9 Barry Bonds O-pchee Roookie #320 Mint Card Looks As Good Is A 10Willie Mays 2001 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Autographed Bat Card1955 Bowman #184 Willie Mays Psa 6Framed Willie Mays Autographed Signed San Francisco Giants Jersey Sey Hey Holo1957 Topps #10 Willie Mays New York Giants Hof Psa 6.5 Ex-mt+Sf Giants 2017 Charlie Brown Penauts 50th Sga & Soundchip Bobbleheads Pre-sell1990 Nl All Stars Team Signed Baseball Gwynn Alomar Bonds Marichal Clark Sgc LoaWillie Mays 2013 Topps Museum Collection Giants Jumbo Game-used 3 Color Patch /5Willie Mays 2012 Topps Five Star Four-piece Booklet Giants Quad Bat Auto 6/151976 Topps Football #354 Craig Morton Giants Psa 10 Gem Mint Pop 1 Only1964 Topps Giants Sp #3 Sandy Koufax Hof Los Angeles Dodgers Sgc 88 Nm-mt 81971 Topps #19 Skip Pitlock San Francisco Giants Psa 9 Mint1986 Fleer Update Barry Bonds Rookie Rc Psa 10 Gem Mint #u-14 Home Run King1943 Ny Giants Team Signed Baseball 23 Auto 's Medwick Lombardi Hubbell Jsa Loa1955 Bowman #1 Hoyt Wilhelm Hof Giants Psa 8 Nm-mt1964 Topps # 468 Gaylord Perry Psa 9 Mint Giants Set Break2008 Bowman Chrome Buster Posey San Francisco Giants Rc Rookie Auto1968 Topps Game Complete Set (33) All Psa Graded W/ Mantle Clemente Mays Aaron2008 Bowman Chrome Buster Posey Rc Rookie San Francisco Giants Auto1952 Bowman #218 Willie Mays Giants Psa 3.5 *643774Barry Bonds 2017 Topps Tribute On Card Autograph Giants Auto Sp #16/25 $5001963 Topps Set Break #300 Willie Mays Psa 7 Nm H24474