Resolution Photomatching is one of the leading photo-matching operations in the sports collectible industry, use the technique to authenticate numerous game-worn and game-used memorabilia items.
Resolution recently used its photo-matching techniques to authenticate three of the highest-selling game-worn jerseys in NBA history. A Kobe Bryant jersey that sold for a record $3.6 million was photo-matched to the 1996 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot and seven games during Bryant’s rookie season. The record jersey surpassed a 1980 Magic Johnson jersey ($1.5 million) and a 1983 Michael Jordan North Carolina jersey ($1.38 million) that were both photo-matched by Resolution.
The company has photo-matched numerous game-worn and game-used items that have sold for record prices, including a 1998 Peyton Manning jersey that sold for $348,000, the highest-priced football jersey of all time.
Resolution has also photo-matched and authenticated many baseball artifacts, including game-worn jerseys and game-used bats and gloves. With the 2021 MLB Playoffs under way, Resolution is promoting a collection of game-worn and game-used baseball items it has photo-matched to the MLB playoffs.
Most have been bought and sold through sports collectible auctions and some may still be on the market.
Here is a look at six special photo-matched items from some of baseball’s biggest stars.
Greg Maddux 2001
This Braves jersey was worn by Maddux and photo-matched to Game 4 of the 2001 NLCS on Oct. 20, 2001 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ironically, Maddux, who was 17-11 in 2001, gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits in just three innings in Game 4. The Hall of Fame pitcher was the loser in both Game 1 and Game 4 of the 2001 NLCS.
The Maddux jersey is currently up for bid at Goldin Auctions with a current bid of $6,600.
Barry Bonds 1997
According to Resolution, this bat was used by the Giants' Barry Bonds during the 1997 postseason. A conclusive photo-match was made to Game 3 of the NLDS series against the Marlins on Oct. 3, 1997. Bonds was 0-for-4 in the game and 3-for-12 in the three-game series with two doubles and two RBI as the Marlins swept the Giants.
Though the bat does not appear to be listed for sale, a similar Bonds bat from 1993-97 sold at Leland’s in 2006 for $1,676.
Thurman Munson 1976
Yankee catcher Thurman Munson wore this jersey during the 1976 ALCS and World Series. According to Resolution, Munson wore the jersey in Game 5 of the ALCS on Oct. 14, 1976, going 3-for-5 against the Royals. He also wore the jersey in Game 4 of the 1976 World Series, going 4-4 against the Reds on Oct. 21, 1976. The Reds swept the Yankees 4-0.
A seven-time All-Star, Munson played for the Yankees for 11 seasons prior to his death in a 1979 plane crash.
The Munson jersey sold at Heritage Auctions in 2017 for $78,000.
Frank Thomas 2000
This Frank Thomas White Sox jersey was photo-matched to 25 games during the 2000 season, including two postseason games. According to Resolution, the jersey was photo-matched to Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS against the Seattle Mariners on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 of 2000. Thomas went 0-7 with two walks in the two games and 0-9 in the series.
Similar Thomas jerseys are listed on Amazon and at Steiner Sports for $2,395.
Albert Pujols 2005
This Albert Pujols glove was photo-matched to Game 5 and 6 of the 2005 NLCS against the Houston Astros on Oct. 17 and Oct. 19 of 2005. Pujols hit a 3-run home run in Game 5 and was 1-9 in the two games. He was 7-23 with two home runs and six RBI in the six-game series.
The glove is stitched with the “names of two of Pujols’ children — “A.J." and "Isabella.”
The Pujols glove sold at SCP Auctions in 2018 for $12,535.
Tony La Russa 1988
Though the A’s did not make the postseason this year, La Russa did as manager of the White Sox. This La Russa A’s jersey was photo-matched to Oct. 15, 1988 — the famous game when Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off home run to lift the Dodgers over the A’s in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Behind pitcher Orel Hershiser, the Dodgers beat La Russa’s A’s 4-1 to win the series.
This year marks La Russa’s fifth consecutive decade leading a team to the postseason, the only manager in MLB history to achieve the feat.
The La Russa jersey sold at Heritage Auctions in 2018 for $1,920.