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Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

Appraising a sports jersey involves considering various factors to determine its value. If you have a specific jersey in mind, or if you're seeking a general appraisal, here are key elements to assess. And if you want - we can help you with an online jersey appraisal.

Here is an example of a Jersey appraisal we did:

This is a vintage Pro Bowl jersey from 1995. $225 to $375


Ensure the jersey is genuine by verifying its authenticity. Look for holograms, certificates of authenticity (COA), or any other documentation from reputable authentication services.

Player and Team Significance:

The player associated with the jersey and the team's historical significance can impact its value. Jerseys worn by legendary players or during notable events often have higher appraised values.

Game Use or Worn Status:

If the jersey was worn during actual games, championships, or significant events, it typically holds higher value compared to replica jerseys or those without a clear game-use history.


The overall condition of the jersey is crucial. Look for signs of wear, stains, tears, or alterations. Jerseys in excellent condition generally command higher values.

Team Rarity or Historical Context:

Consider the rarity of the team's jerseys or the historical context of the jersey. For example, jerseys from a team's inaugural season or a championship year might be more valuable.

Autographs or Personalizations:

If the jersey features autographs from players, coaches, or significant personalities, or if it has personalized inscriptions, this can enhance its value. Ensure the autographs are authenticated.

What makes a jersey rare?

Several factors contribute to the rarity of sports jerseys, and collectors often seek out unique and limited-edition pieces to add to their collections. Here are some elements that can make a sports jersey rare. If you can say yes to one of these - it might be rare and you can confirm the value with a jersey appraisal on this site.

Limited Editions and Special Releases:

Jerseys released in limited quantities or as part of special editions are inherently rare. These limited runs could commemorate significant events, anniversaries, or collaborations, making them highly sought after.

Game-Worn Jerseys:

Jerseys worn by athletes during actual games or events hold significant value. The scarcity of game-worn jerseys adds to their rarity, as they are typically unique items with a direct connection to a specific moment in sports history.

Player Signatures and Autographs:

Autographed jerseys, especially those signed by legendary or iconic players, become rare collector's items. The scarcity is increased if the autograph includes a personalized message or if the player has a limited history of signing jerseys.

Retired Players and Historic Teams:

Jerseys from retired players or those associated with historic teams that have achieved notable successes or milestones can become rare over time. As players retire, their jerseys become less accessible, especially if they are no longer in production.

Vintage and Throwback Jerseys:

Vintage jerseys from earlier eras or throwback designs that replicate classic styles can be considered rare. These jerseys often evoke nostalgia and are sought after by collectors who appreciate the historical significance of the designs.

Championship and All-Star Jerseys:

Jerseys worn during championship games or All-Star events are often produced in limited quantities, making them rare collector's items. These jerseys represent significant moments in a player's career or a team's history.

Unique Designs and Patches:

Jerseys featuring unique designs, special patches, or commemorative elements are considered rare. These could include jerseys from special events, tournaments, or jerseys with unique design features not commonly found in regular team apparel.

Game-Used Material Jerseys:

Some jerseys are designed with game-used materials, such as pieces of game-used basketballs, footballs, or hockey sticks incorporated into the fabric. These jerseys are produced in limited quantities and are considered unique collector's items.

Limited Production Runs:

Some jerseys are intentionally released in limited production runs to create scarcity and exclusivity. Manufacturers may create limited editions to cater to the collector's market.

Personalized Jerseys:

Jerseys customized with a player's name, number, or specific features can be considered rare if they were produced in limited quantities or as one-of-a-kind customizations.

In the world of sports memorabilia, rarity often stems from the combination of unique features, limited availability, and the historical significance of the jersey. Collectors value these rare jerseys for their connection to specific moments in sports history and their scarcity within the market.

What rare Jersey has been sold at auction?

Babe Ruth's 1920 New York Yankees Jersey:

In June 2019, a game-worn Babe Ruth jersey from 1920, his first season with the New York Yankees, was sold at auction for over $5.6 million. This set a record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold.

Michael Jordan's 1996 Chicago Bulls Jersey:

In 2020, a Michael Jordan game-worn and autographed 1996 Chicago Bulls jersey was sold for over $288,000 at auction. This jersey is from the season when the Bulls won their fourth NBA championship.

Pele's 1970 World Cup Brazil Jersey:

In 2016, Pele's game-worn jersey from the 1970 FIFA World Cup final sold for around $541,000 at auction. This jersey is from the historic match where Brazil defeated Italy 4-1 to win the World Cup.

Jackie Robinson's 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey:

In 2017, Jackie Robinson's game-worn jersey from his historic 1947 rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers was sold at auction for over $2 million.

Tom Brady's Super Bowl LI Jersey:

Tom Brady's game-worn jersey from Super Bowl LI in 2017, where the New England Patriots made a historic comeback, was stolen after the game. The jersey was later recovered, and it was sold at auction for nearly $400,000.

Wilt Chamberlain's 1961-62 Philadelphia Warriors Jersey:

In 2017, Wilt Chamberlain's game-worn jersey from the 1961-62 season, during which he famously scored 100 points in a single game, was sold for over $130,000 at auction.

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