Detroit Tigers Collecting and Fan Guide

Detroit Tigers

Franchise Founded: 1894
Championships: 4
Team Collectibility Rating: 7.5


Overview

The Detroit Tigers are one of baseball's oldest teams and are known for their blue collar fan base. Through the years, the team has emulated that work ethic. From the hard-nosed play of Ty Cobb, to the fundamental-driven teams led by manager Sparky Anderson, the Detroit Tigers have always prided themselves on hard work and consistency. This strong tradition, combined with a star-filled current team, makes the Detroit Tigers one of the top collecting options in baseball.

When you talk about the history and tradition of the Detroit Tigers, one name immediately comes to mind. Ty Cobb is widely considered one of the best players the game has ever seen and was part of the inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame class in 1936. Ty Cobb's baseball cards and sports memorabilia are at the pinnacle of all sports collectibles.

Despite winning the American League pennant on numerous occasions with Cobb, the team always fell short in the World Series. That changed in 1935 when the Tigers won their first World Series largely thanks to Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, Goose Goslin and Mickey Cochrane. The team would win another title in 1945 with the timely return of Hank Greenberg from World War II military service. The team's pitching ace, Hal Newhouser, became the game's first pitcher to win back-to-back MVP awards. Newhouser also won the pitching Triple Crown with 25 wins, an ERA of 1.81 and 212 strikeouts.

The Tigers' two additional championships came in 1968 and 1984. The periodic success of the franchise, highlighted with long intervals devoid of World Series titles, has kept the team's fan base ever hopeful of a return to postseason glory.

The Tigers have fielded some remarkable teams through the years, including the '84 team led by manager Sparky Anderson. The roster was laden with talent and exhibited the chemistry needed for teams to win championships. Jack Morris, Kirk Gibson, Lance Parrish, Alan Trammel, and Lou Whitaker are just a handful of the names that provided the Tigers' faithful with a postseason spectacle.

In more recent years, the Tigers have rebuilt themselves into a competitive team, winning A.L. Central Division titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013. They also won the American League Championship Series in both 2006 and 2012. Led by young prospects, veteran pitching and aggressive free agent signings, the team has shown a commitment to winning, making them one of the most watched teams in baseball.

Collectors have plenty of options when it comes to merchandise and collectibles for the Detroit Tigers. Using the tabs above, check out the top Tigers' players to collect, top merchandise and jersey options, autograph guide, game tickets and the most watched Detroit Tigers cards and memorabilia on eBay.

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Another option for collectors looking to get autographs is TTM or "Through the Mail." A complete guide to the process can be seen here: How to Get (Almost) Free Autographs Through the Mail.

Although the results are never guaranteed, Tigers' fans looking to take advantage of this can try their luck with current players and coaches using the following address:

"Insert Specific Player/Coach/Executive"
c/o Detroit Tigers
2100 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

Top eBay Listings

2005 COMERICA PARK MLB 76th ALL STAR GAME COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE detroit tigers
$17.79

Detroit Tigers MLB Baseball Laptop Tablet Victory Backpack Book Bag Licensed
$21.24

Vintage lot 6 Prismatic sticker sheets 1993 MLB Detroit Tigers FREE SHIPPING
$8.00

Detroit Tigers Shin Shield Hitch Cover *NEW*
$29.99

Detroit Tigers World Series PATCH 2006 Jersey Baseball NEW ADULT 2X
$14.98

MLB Detroit Tigers MLB Adjustable Hat Baseball Sports Cap, Adult One Size NEW
$28.11

NEW-FLAWED MLB Sparky Anderson #11 Detroit Tigers WOMENS LARGE L T-shirt 29ST
$10.43

Detroit Tigers Authentic Hoodie Majestic Blue Orange
$9.99

BJ184 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Blast The Ball 8X10 11x14 Spotlight Photo
$13.95

BJ184 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Blast The Ball 8X10 11x14 Spotlight Photo
$16.95

BJ185 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Swinging MLB 8X10 11x14 Spotlight Photo
$13.95

BJ185 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Swinging MLB 8X10 11x14 Spotlight Photo
$16.95

MLB Detroit Tigers House Flag
$35.95

Lot Of 5 Michigan Whitecaps 2017 Pocket Schedule Detroit Tigers
$6.49

Vintage Majestic MLB Detroit Tigers Jacket Youth Size XL.
$37.00

SUPER CUTE Detroit Tigers Women's Sz Lg Steel Blue Cotton T-Shirt, NEW
$16.99
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Fan Gear

Detroit Tigers Jerseys & Gear Guide

Looking for something to support your team? There are tons of options for Detroit Tigers' fans across all budgets. Normal retail price ranges are noted when available. View a complete breakdown of the jersey options using our detailed MLB jersey guide.

Detroit Tigers Jersey Guide

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Detroit Tigers T-Shirts & Hats

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Top eBay Listings

Detroit Tigers New Era 940 League Essential Black Yellow Baseball Cap
$24.33

BASEBALL MLB TRAVEL EXTRA LARGE DETROIT TIGERS TOTE BAG STORAGE TOTE
$27.50

Nike Detroit Tigers Shirt Size L #6875
$7.99

Detroit Tigers Under Armour Heat Gear Athletic T-shirts, Men's Size Large LG #25
$12.99

Detroit Tigers jersey Vintage 90s MINT sz. XL Logo 7 MLB RaRe shirt jersey
$34.96

NWT MENS MLB DETROIT TIGERS NOVELTY KNIT PAJAMA LOUNGE PANTS SIZE L
$29.95

NWT MENS MLB DETROIT TIGERS NOVELTY KNIT PAJAMA LOUNGE PANTS SIZE 2XL
$32.95

NWT MENS MLB DETROIT TIGERS SWIM TRUNKS BOARD SHORTS SIZE M
$29.95

Detroit Tigers Dark Navy
$34.99

Detroit Tigers Dark Navy
$34.99

Detroit Tigers Dark Navy
$34.99

Detroit Tigers Dark Navy
$34.99

Detroit Tigers Dark Navy
$34.99

Detroit Tigers Dark Navy
$34.99

Detroit Tigers Dark Navy
$34.99

2011 Detroit Tigers T Shirt
$20.00
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Cards

Detroit Tigers Baseball Card Guide

The Detroit Tigers present a remarkable amount of card options for collectors, but the Ty Cobb stands clearly above the rest. In addition to Cobb, there is plenty of other Hall of Fame talent, as well as multiple modern stars. View cards for the top former and current members of the Detroit Tigers below.

Top Former Players & Coaches

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Other All-Time Great Detroit Tigers

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Hughie Jennings, Sam Thompson, Harry Heilmann, Waite Hoyt, Goose Goslin, Al Simmons, Earl Averill, Hal Newhouser, Travis Fryman, Harvey Kuenn, Chet Lemon, Dick McAuliffe, Magglio Ordonez, Tommy Bridges, Willie Horton, Norm Cash, Ivan Rodriguez

Top Current Players & Prospects

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Autographs

Detroit Tigers Autograph Guide

When shopping for autographed items, it is highly recommended to only purchased signed pieces that have been authenticated by a reputable company. Top options include PSA, JSA, Mounted Memories, UDA, Panini Authentic and Tristar.

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Signed Detroit Tigers Photographs

Detroit Tigers Team Signed Photo

Signed Detroit Tigers Jerseys

Detroit Tigers Team Signed Jersey

Signed Detroit Tigers Balls

Detroit Tigers Team Signed Balls

Signed Detroit Tigers Bats

Detroit Tigers Team Signed Bat

 

Top eBay Listings

Kirk Gibson 1984 Detroit Tigers Champs Hand Painted AUTOGRAPHED Baseball MLB COA
$249.99

JIM BUNNING (HOF) INDUCTION DAY SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO RARE! PHILLIES PSA
$79.95

1960 Detroit Tigers Team - Autographed Baseball - With Many Signatures
$99.99

JACOBY JONES DETROIT TIGERS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8X10 PHOTO W COA
$22.99

Kirk Gibson Signed Autograph Baseball Dodgers Jersey 1988 WS Champs JSA W Patch
$249.99

George Kell HOF Baltimore Orioles 1956-1957 Signed 3x5 Index Card PSA COA I81143
$24.99

80's Detroit Tigers Team Signed Autographed Yearbook *5 Signatures 1982 MLB
$45.97

1993 DETROIT TIGERS SCOREBOOK PROGRAM SIGNED BY TRAVIS FRYMAN ON COVER
$20.00

SIGNED 1963 TOPPS #218 "TIGER TWIRLERS" F. LARY D. MOSSI JIM BUNNING JSA LOA
$85.00

Robin Yount & Lance Parrish Autograph Signed 8x10 photo psa dna Brewers
$119.99

SIGNED LOU WHITAKER BUSINESS CARD 1984 DETROIT TIGERS PSA DNA CERTIFIED
$100.00

Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers Baseball Autographed Postcard Photo PSA Close 2
$26.99

SIGNED DETROIT TIGERS BLUE JAYS RANGERS MARK LOWE SWEETSPOT BASEBALL COA!!!
$34.99

Al Kaline Detroit Tigers Baseball HOFer Autographed Geo Brace 3x5 Photo PSA SLAB
$38.99

Signed Detroit Tigers Mini Bat Armando Galarraga Fernando Rodney Fu-Te Ni + 2
$23.00

Tommy Hughes Detroit Tigers 1930 Autographed 3x5 Index Card JSA COA F94617
$22.99
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Tickets

Detroit Tigers Game Tickets

If you are looking for tickets to see the Detroit Tigers play, it might be an overwhelming experience. Luckily for fans, MLB teams play a ton of games, all over the country. After selecting a specific game, the first thing to decide is how much you want to spend and where you want to sit in the stadium.

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From there, it can get messy given all the choices for purchasing tickets. With that in mind, we have complied the best options for buying tickets. Simply follow the links below to each ticket source for available Detroit Tigers tickets. Be aware that the MLB regular season basically runs from April to the end of September. The playoffs continue until late October.

Hot List

Detroit Tigers Hot List

Check out the most watched Detroit Tigers cards, gear and memorabilia on eBay. The guide is constantly updated with real-time information, so bookmark this page for future reference.

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More Info

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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