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

1957 Topps Baseball Brooks Robinson Image

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.

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1960 TOPPS #28 BROOKS ROBINSON ORIOLES
$22.10
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Brooks Robinson 2005 Donruss Signature Button Relic Auto Autograph 1 2 HOF
$509.99
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1964 Topps Giants #50 Brooks Robinson PSA 7 NM
$12.00
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Brooks Robinson Autographed TCMA 1984-1
$30.00
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Brooks Robinson Autographed Ted Williams "The Kid" card 3.5" x 5.5"
$30.00
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1959 Topps Baseball #439 Brooks Robinson (Orioles) STX 4 VG EX
$18.00
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1959 BROOKS ROBINSON #439 VINTAGE BASEBALL CARD (UNGRADED) 6622
$15.00
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1959 Topps 439 Brooks Robinson PSA 7 (0876)
$80.00
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1962 Topps 468 AS Brooks Robinson PSA 7 (6351)
$32.00
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1962 Topps BB Bucks Brooks Robinson PSA 8 (6631)
$760.00
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1961 Topps Baseball #010 Brooks Robinson (Orioles) STX 5 EX
$20.00
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1962 Topps Baseball #468 Brooks Robinson AS (Orioles) STX 8 NM MT
$50.00
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1963 Fleer Baseball #004 Brooks Robinson (Orioles) STX 4 VG EX
$24.00
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1972 Topps #550 Brooks Robinson SGC 88 8 Tough Semi High Number!!
$31.00
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1961 Topps #572 Brooks Robinson All Star High Number SGC 84 1964 AL MVP
$72.00
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1974 Topps #334 Brooks Robinson Ron Santo All Star SGC 96 Mint
$24.95
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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 Image

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

Active Listings for Brooks Robinson Signed Baseballs

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Signed Bats

Active Listings for Brooks Robinson Signed Bat

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Signed Jerseys

Active Listings for Brooks Robinson Signed Jersey

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Signed Photographs

Active Listings for Brooks Robinson Signed Photos

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BROOKS ROBINSON SIGNED AUTO BASEBALL BECKETT MAGAZINE (BACK) PSA DNA V49451
$38.97
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BROOKS ROBINSON PSA DNA SIGNED 1983 BIG LEAGUE COLLECTIBLES CARD #67 AUTOGRAPH
$32.95
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Brooks Robinson Signed Vintage Hall of Fame Postcard Orioles PSA DNA SLABBED
$35.00
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Brooks Robinson Signed Matted 8x10 Baltimore Orioles Color Photo PSA COA HOF
$45.00
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Brooks Robinson Signed 1970 Topps Card #455, Baltimore Orioles. PSA DNA.
$20.00
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Juan Marichal Hand Signed 8x10 Photo PSA COA W Brooks Robinson
$35.00
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Brooks Robinson Orioles Signed Magazine Photo JSA COA
$25.00
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BROOKS ROBINSON HAND SIGNED LOGO BASEBALL PSA DNA
$49.95
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BROOKS ROBINSON "THE VACUUM CLEANER" SIGNED RAWLINGS PRO MODEL BAT PSA DNA COA
$82.99
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BROOKS ROBINSON '69 Signed Auto 11x14 Photo 1 1! JSA COA! HOF! Orioles! Brearley
$49.99
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ORIOLES BROOKS ROBINSON "2X WS CHAMP" SIGNED AUTHENTIC JERSEY PSA DNA #S85045
$299.99
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Brooks Robinson HOF 1983 Signed Rawlings Pro Model Baseball Bat JSA COA MAB Auto
$54.99
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ORIOLES BROOKS ROBINSON SIGNED AUTHENTIC OML BASEBALL PSA DNA #W46147
$69.99
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ORIOLES BROOKS ROBINSON "HOF 83" SIGNED AUTHENTIC 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA #W46037
$74.99
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BROOKS ROBINSON #5 16 G.G. HOF 1964 MVP SIGNED A.L. BASEBALL JSA COA #K52765
$139.99
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BROOKS ROBINSON autographed signed Orioles white STAT HOF 83 jersey JSA w695859
$61.00
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