Brooks Robinson Collection to be sold through Heritage Auctions



2015-10-07 08:40:19

Heritage Auctions will offer the memorabilia collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson in a special online sale next month.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit The Constance & Brooks Robinson Charitable Foundation.

Regarded by many the greatest third-baseman to ever play the game, Robinson spent his entire 23-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, where he was known as "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" or "Mr. Hoover". 

His remarkable defensive prowess helped the Orioles claim two World Series titles, in 1966 and 1970, along with winning personal accolades including the American League MVP, and a then-record sixteen Gold Gloves.

The Orioles retired Robinson's #5 jersey following his final season in 1977, and he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, before beginning a successful career as a color commentator for Orioles TV broadcasts.

"This is one of the most significant player collections ever to reach the collecting hobby's auction block," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. "While the extraordinary treasures tell the tale of one of the greatest careers in American sports, Robinson's decision to part with all of it to benefit his philanthropic endeavors is arguably even more illustrative of his legacy as one of the greatest men in American sports."

Major highlights from the collection will include Robinson's 1964 American League MVP Award, estimated at $100,000+, and his two World Series rings valued at $80,000+ each.

Collectors will also have the chance to bid on each of his 16 Golden Gloves, priced at $15,000+ each, his Baltimore Orioles Home Uniform worn during his final season in 1977 estimated at $20,000+, and a game-used 1974 fielder's glove also valued at $20,000+.

In addition, one special item from Robinson's personal collection will be sold through private treaty: the famous 1971 Norman Rockwell painting of Robinson signing a baseball for a young fan.

The Brooks Robinson Collection sale will take place online on November 5-7.

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