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    

Willie Mays 1999 Ud Century Legends Gold Giants Auto 83/100*rare* Vintage 1962 *willie Mays* San Francisco *giants* Bobble Head1953 Topps Willie Mays Short Print #244 Psa 5 Ex (pwcc)1952 Topps Willie Mays #261 Sgc 5/60 Ex (pwcc)Rare 2003 S.f. Giants J.t. Snow Xtreme Club Bobblehead Sga1952 Bowman Mid-hi Grade Complete Set Berra Musial Spahn Mays Mantle, Psa (pwcc)1953 Topps Mid-grade Complete Set Mays Berra Paige Robinson Mantle, Psa (pwcc)San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence Sga Bobblehead Bobble Brand NewFrank Gifford Signed Autographed New York Giants F/s Helmet Jsa Witness Hof 771953 Topps #244 Willie Mays Hof New York Giants Psa 5 Ex Sp Short PrintWillie Mays Auto 2001 Topps Archives Reserve Refractor New York GiantsEarly Vintage 1962 San Francisco Giants National League Champs Pennant Baseball2012 Topps Heritage Willie Mays Auto #roa-wm2002 Topps 206 Autograph Sp Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants Signed Auto /251958 Topps Game Card Inserts Complete Set Of 33, Mantle,mays,clemente,yaz,rose1952 Bowman Mid-grade Complete Set Musial Manlte Mays Berra Snider, Psa (pwcc)1956 Topps Willie Mays #130 - - Psa 6 - - Centered 1960 Topps Willie Mccovey Rookie Card #316 Psa6 San Francisco Giants Hof2013 Topps Museum Madison Bumgarner Auto Logo Patch #d /25 Giants Ace1952 Topps Setbreak Willie Mays #261, Nrmt (oc) (pwcc)2014 Panini Immaculate Rogers Hornsby/mel Ott Dual Bat #13/25! Cardinals,giants!Matt Cain Single Signed 2010 World Series Baseball Auto W/ Mlb Hologram Giants1966 Topps #1 Willie Mays Psa 82002 Team Topps Legends Willie Mays Hof Auto #tt-wm1952 Bowman Willie Mays #218 Psa 6 Exmt (pwcc)1935 Diamond Stars Mel Ott #50 Psa 7 Nrmt (pwcc)2013 Topps Five Star Willie Mays Auto Jumbo Relic Booklet #46/49 -- Say Hey KidWillie Mays San Francisco Giants Signed White Cooperstown Collection Jersey SiEli Manning /25 $400+ Mint Giants Gold Rookie Auto Rc 2004 Flair Autograph "gem"Vintage Original 1950 's 1960's Hartland Willie Mays Plastic StatueSan Francisco Giants Angel Pagan Sga Bobblehead Bobble Brand New1960 Topps #316 Willie Mc Covey All Star Rookie Psa 8 Nm-mt San Francisco GiantsBobbleheads Sf Giants Announcers Kuip And Kruk 1968 Topps Willie Mays #50 Giants Psa 8 Nm-mint1960 Topps Willie Mays #200 - - Psa 6 - - Centered 1986 Topps Traded #11t Rc Auto Barry Bonds 461/500 Psa/dna1952 Berk Ross Willie Mays Psa 8 Nm-mt (pwcc)Huge Vintage Baseball Card Lot: 1966 Mickey Mantle,1955 Hank Aaron, Willie MaysT206 1909 Hindu Cigarettes-mike Donlin, New York Giants Fielding, Sgc 20/1.5Barry Bonds Autographed Jersey Very Rare With Coa1966 Topps #1 Willie Mays Giants Psa 8 Crisp!1956 Topps High Grade Set Lot Collins Minoso Dropo Giants A's Nuxhall Labine Willie Mays " Say Hey " Single Signed Baseball Auto W/ Hologram Giants Hof1959 Topps #50 Willie Mays Hof San Francisco Giants Psa 7 Nm1951 New York Giants N.l. Champions Major League Baseball Team Signed Baseball1986 Topps Traded Tiffany Baseball Barry Bonds Rookie #11t Card ***psa 10 Gem***Willie Mays "say Hey" Skateboard, 1960's1955 Topps Willie Mays #194 Psa 6 Exmt (pwcc)1973 Topps Baseball 660 Cards Complete Set Schmidt Rookie Aaron Mays Rose RuthBuster Posey San Francisco Giants Bobblehead Of The Month126/174 Nib BobbleMatt Cain San Francisco Giants Bobblehead Of The Month 46/150 Nib Bobble1933 Goudey Mel Ott #127 Psa 3.5 Vg+ (pwcc)T206 1909 Hindu Cigarettes-art Devlin, New York Giants, Portrait-rare Sgc 30/21959 Topps Baseball Lot (91) Cards Willie Mays, Banks, Berra, Snider, Kaline,hofSf Giants 2012 Jerry Garcia "70th" Birthday Special Event Bobblehead Nib1960 Topps Willie Mccovey Rc #3161960 Topps #200 Willie Mays Giants Hof Psa 7 Nm1970 Topps Baseball Complete Set Bench Mays Rose Clemente Munson Rc, 720 Cards Eli Manning Signed Ny Giants Authentic Speed Helmet W/mvp Stat Inscriptions1969 Topps Set Break #190 Willie Mays Nm-mt E3131