Brooks Robinson Baseball Cards: Rookie Cards Checklist and Autograph Buying Guide

Brooks Robinson Baseball Cards: Rookie Cards Checklist and Autograph Buying Guide

Overview

Brooks Robinson, also known as the Human Vacuum Cleaner, is widely regarded as the best defensive third baseman to ever take up the position. Earning a record 16 Gold Glove Awards over his 23-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, Robinson was the mold by which all other teams, to this day, look to emulate. Robinson was a player gifted with a rare combination of skills that enabled him to hit for average, display modest power, and exercise stunning defense. To this day, Brooks Robinson cards and memorabilia continue to have a devoted following.

Robinson's all-around talents earned him 18 All-Star selections, as well as being named league MVP, All-Star MVP and World Series MVP. He anchored a team that won World Series titles in 1966 and 1970. Robinson was later named to Major League Baseball's All-Century team and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

A regular guest at autograph signings, Robinson has always been a gracious and pleasant person to interact with, according to his thousands of fans who have had the pleasure of meeting him. Because of his longevity in the sport,  having played his entire career for a single team and winning numerous awards and championships, Brooks Robinson collectibles are highly sought after despite being readily available.

Brooks Robinson Rookie Card

1957 Topps  Brooks Robinson RC #328

A vintage favorite, the 1957 Topps Brooks Robinson is his only rookie card. The smiling and exuberant head shot that takes up the full frame of the card accurately depicts the good-natured persona for which Robinson is known. The plain font and white borders add to the simplicity of the card's design. Because of its age, the borders are very prone to yellowing, which impacts the card's ability to achieve high grade points and results in drastic fluctuations in market price.

Top eBay Listings

BROOKS ROBINSON 2014 Panini 75th Anniversary HOF Green Parallel 05 10 Orioles
$39.99

1958 Topps # 307 Brooks Robinson EX
$37.00

1966 Topps # 390 Brooks Robinson NM
$27.00

1963 Topps # 345 Brooks Robinson NM MT
$85.00

1964 TOPPS STAND-UPS BROOKS ROBINSON ORIOLES
$80.00

1961 TOPPS #572 BROOKS ROBINSON ALL-STAR
$60.00

1969 TOPPS BROOKS ROBINSON SPORTING NEWS ALL STAR # 421 BVG 8 HOF
$35.00

BROOKS ROBINSON 1975 Topps Baseball Mini # 50 NM-Mint Baltimore Orioles HOF
$12.00

1959 Topps Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles #439 and Topps Baltimore Orioles
$17.50

1995 MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH #2 BROOKS ROBINSON
$29.95

1963 Topps #345 - Brooks Robinson - PSA 8 -- Baltimore Orioles HoF (mikedenero)
$155.00

1965 Topps #150 - Brooks Robinson - PSA 8 -- Orioles HoF (mikedenero)
$125.00

1964 Topps Stand-Up - Brooks Robinson - PSA 7.5 -- Stand-Ups (mikedenero)
$130.00

1966 TOPPS #390 BROOKS ROBINSON *827218
$14.00

1962 Topps #45 BROOKS ROBINSON Vintage Baseball Card - NM MT Condition
$25.49

1962 Topps #468 BROOKS ROBINSON All-Star Vintage Baseball Card - EX-MT Condition
$12.99
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Autograph Guide

Brooks Robinson Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Brooks Robinson autograph looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar, Schwartz Sports and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Brooks Robinson Cut Signature Exemplar

Brooks Robinson Cut Signature Example

Brooks Robinson Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Brooks Robinson signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. An over-sized letter "B" with closed bubble-like loops and small closed horizontal loop at the bottom used to connect to the next letter.
  2. The letters "r-o-o" are small but discernible.
  3. The letter "k" is larger that the previous three letters.
  4. The pen lifts to start an over-sized letter "R."
  5. The letters "o-b-i-n" are distinct, legible and small.
  6. The remaining letters are unique and not entirely discernible.
  7. The last three letters appear to be out of order "o--s-n."
  8. The signature mark to his autograph is the almost printed, over-sized letter "S" which flows into a large letter "n" with the letter "o" apparently implied.

Signed Baseballs

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Brooks Robinson Signed Baseball

Signed Bats

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Signed Jerseys

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Signed Photographs

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Brooks Robinson Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

JSA Authenticated Brooks Robinson 1971 Topps EXMT NM Vintage Auto Signed
$35.95

BROOKS ROBINSON BALTIMORE ORIOLES,HOF 83,70 WSCHAMP JSA COA SIGNED BIG STICK BAT
$180.00

Brooks & Frank Robinson Signed Baseball Photo JSA COA!
$84.95

1977 Zip'z Discs Brooks Robinson PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto Signed *3293
$25.00

Brooks Robinson signed autograph 2.5x3.5 Photo Baseball Hall of Fame PSA Slabbed
$45.00

Brooks Robinson Autographed Signed Slugger Bat Baltimore Orioles PSA DNA #X58165
$199.00

Brooks Robinson Autographed Signed 1973 Topps Card #90 PSA DNA #83450129
$39.00

Brooks Robinson Autographed Signed 1974 Topps Card #160 PSA DNA #83450130
$39.00

Brooks Robinson Autographed Signed 1969 Topps Card #421 PSA DNA #83450126
$39.00

frank, brooks robinson, boog powell signed magazines, framed, matted PSA
$299.00

BROOKS ROBINSON (Baltimore Orioles) signed American League baseball w PSA COA
$79.95

Brooks Robinson " 1964 AL MVP " Single Signed Baseball AUTO JSA COA Orioles HOF
$80.00

Brooks Robinson " HOF 1983 " Signed Baseball AUTO + Inscription JSA COA Orioles
$49.95

BROOKS ROBINSON -- PSA DNA -- SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED RAWLINGS "BIG STICK" BAT
$85.00

BROOKS ROBINSON -- AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL -- PSA DNA
$52.00

BROOKS ROBINSON SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPH AUTHENTIC
$26.00
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