The New York Mets were one of baseball’s first five expansion teams when they were founded in 1962 to fill the void left by the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants when both teams moved to California. Despite being a relatively young MLB team, the Mets have enjoyed a great amount of success in their time in the league.
The early years of the franchise started like most expected, with a lot of losing. During their inaugural 1962 season, the Mets posted a 40-120 record, which went down in history as the worst regular season record in MLB history. The franchise didn’t remain subpar for long, though, and in 1969 the Mets placed together one of the greatest seasons in team history. With Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver on the roster, the Mets won the National League East Division and went on to complete one of the greatest upsets in sports history when they defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series. With Tom Seaver memorabilia, Mets fans can preserve the career of Hall of Famer Tom Seaver.
After the 1969 title, the first in franchise history, the Mets fell in a rebuilding mode where they sought to stockpile young talent that could return the team to glory. In the years after their first title, the Mets drafted future studs Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden. The additions of Strawberry and Gooden, along with other key players, helped the Mets make another historic run during the 1986 season. New York posted a dominant 108-54 record en route to a six-game World Series win over the Boston Red Sox. The game-six victory is famous for the legendary error made at first base by Boston’s Bill Bucker which ultimately decided the game in favor of the Mets. This signed photo captures the classic play where the Mets clinched their second title in franchise history.
After claiming a second title, the Mets remained perennial playoff contenders but often fell just short of obtaining another championship. In 2000, the Mets played in another memorable World Series. This time, they made a title run thanks to All-Star catcher Mike Piazza and faced off against the cross-town New York Yankees in what was famously dubbed the “Subway Series.” The Mets dropped the series in five games, but the memories of a championship series between the two New York teams is something that fans will cherish forever.
The Mets are now in the hands of team captain David Wright, who has played for the franchise since 2004. New York also splurged in free agency this past season to team Wright with another superstar in Curtis Granderson. The duo provides the Mets with the much needed star power to make another deep playoff run in the near future.
The Mets have proven to be a franchise with a feel for winning championships. Across the country, fans proudly wear their Mets gear and represent Blue and Orange proudly. The Mets have consistently bounced back as a franchise and continued its dedication to winning by making striving to make playoff appearances and that’s why investing in Mets memorabilia is such an easy decision for fans. Any piece of Mets memorabilia would be a great addition to a MLB collection.
- David Wright Autographed Bats: A seven-time All-Star, David Wright is the captain of the New York Mets. Wright debuted for the Mets in 2004 and has since emerged as one of the top players in all of baseball. He’s been named to seven All-Star teams, won two Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards during his illustrious stretch with New York. Because Wright has established himself as one of the most feared hitters in the game, the addition of a David Wright signed bat would take any MLB collection to the next level. This Louisville Slugger is hand-signed by the perennial All-Star and makes a great display piece within any memorabilia collection.
- Curtis Granderson Plaques and Collages: Curtis Granderson has proved to be one of the most dynamic players in baseball since his debut in 2004. Granderson is a three-time All-Star who has won a Silver Slugger Award, showcasing his power, and led Major League Baseball in triples, showing off his elite speed. The Mets added Granderson in free agency before the 2014 season in hopes that he can be the missing piece on a contending playoff team. With this Curtis Granderson plaque, New York fans can invest in the bright future of the franchise.
- Tom Seaver Signed Photos: One of the best pitchers of all time, Tom Seaver played the bulk of his storied career for the New York Mets. The 12-time All-Star won 311 games throughout his career while striking out 3,640 batters and recording an excellent 2.86 ERA. Seaver played a pivotal role in bringing the Mets their first title in franchise history during the championship run in 1969 – he won the Cy Young that season. With this classic photo, Mets fans can commemorate a peak in franchise history. The photo captures Tom Seaver with teammate Jerry Koosman enjoying champagne after the team clinched the title in ’69.
- Mike Piazza Autographed Jerseys: One of the greatest players in Mets history, Mike Piazza played the prime seasons of his career in New York. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza is widely regarded as one of the best hitting catchers of all time. His career .308 average and 427 home runs are some of the best offensive numbers for a catcher Major League Baseball has ever seen. Piazza helped the Mets to a World Series appearance in 2000, but they ultimately fell to the New York Yankees in what was known as the “Subway Series.” Fans and collectors can highlight the career of this all-time great by adding this signed Mike Piazza jersey to their MLB memorabilia collection. The black Mets jersey is hand-signed by this legend and will continue to become more valuable once Piazza is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
- Dwight Gooden Signed Baseballs: Dwight Gooden will thrive in New York Mets history forever. Gooden made four All-Star game appearances while a member of the Mets and also led the Mets to the 1986 World Series title. During his debut season, Gooden won the NL Rookie of the Year Award, and returned the following season improved and claimed the Cy Young Award while achieving the pitcher’s Triple Crown. His reign with the Mets will always be remembered by baseball fans, and his achievements can be commemorated by adding this signed Dwight Gooden baseball to any memorabilia collection. This baseball is hand-signed by the Mets icon and it includes the inscription “85 CY,” which pays homage to the Cy Young Award Gooden claimed in 1985.