With Major League Baseball set to honor Jackie Robinson on Friday, April 15, several pieces of Robinson memorabilia are expected to attract record prices in upcoming auctions.
A 1951 game-worn Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey already has a starting bid of $2.2 million in a Goldin Co. auction that opens Thursday and runs through May 2. The jersey, which features Robinson’s famous number 42 on the back, could set a record for the highest-selling Robinson memorabilia of all time.
Goldin also has a bat Robinson used during the 1949 MLB All-Star Game, which has a starting bid of $250,000.
Robinson’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaque that was presented to him during his induction on July 23, 1962 has an opening bid of $100,000. All three items are from the personal collection of Robinson’s widow.
Goldin has several Robinson items on display Thursday, April 14 at Bleecker Street Trading in Downtown Manhattan. Goldin founder and Executive Chairman Ken Goldin was on hand to discuss the historical significance of the items and film content for his new Peyton Manning-produced Netflix Show.
“There are very few people who have altered the course of history the way Jackie Robinson did,” Goldin said. “Jackie not only broke the color barrier and forever changed baseball, but he broke down racial barriers that for too long segregated American society. His courage and strength in the face of ignorance are a continued inspiration and handling the sale of these items — the tools that he used to change the world — is a true honor.”
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