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Jackie Robinson jersey has opening bid of $2.2 million in Goldin auction

Jackie Robinson Day on Friday, April 15 could lead to some record prices for Robinson memorabilia.

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.

Jackie Robinson game-worn jersey from 1951.

Jackie Robinson game-worn jersey from 1951.

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Goldin also has a bat Robinson used during the 1949 MLB All-Star Game, which has a starting bid of $250,000. 

Jackie Robinson bat from 1949.

Jackie Robinson bat from 1949.

Also See: The story behind Jackie Robinson's first all-star game 

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.

Jackie Robinson's Baseball Hall of Fame plaque.

Jackie Robinson's Baseball Hall of Fame plaque.

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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