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

2001 Upper Deck Hall of Famers Game Jersey #JBR Brooks Robinson Jsy
$25.00

2001 (BB) Upper Deck Ovation A Piece of History #BR Brooks Robinson
$25.00

2001 (BB) Topps Tribute Game Bat Relics #RBBRO Brooks Robinson 1
$25.00

2001 (BB) Upper Deck 1971 All-Star Game Salute #ASBR Brooks Robinson Bat - NM-MT
$20.00

2002 (BB) Studio Classic First Ballot #12 Brooks Robinson 83
$12.00

2002 Fleer Premium Legendary Dynasties Gold #19 Brooks Robinson 300
$12.00

2002 (BB) Sweet Spot Classics Game Bat #BBR Brooks Robinson - NM-MT
$15.00

2002 Fleer Premium Legendary Dynasties Game Used #17 Brooks Robinson Bat SP 200
$40.00

Brooks Robinson 2003 Donruss Signature Legends of Summer Auto "64 MVP" #77 150
$35.95

Brooks Robinson 2005 Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Auto B J #23 25 Baltimore Orioles
$49.99

1989 Pacific Baseball Legends Brooks Robinson #129 PSA 10
$19.99

1963 Jello Jell-o #59 Brooks Robinson hand cut PSA 3 tough issue
$120.00

6081* 1959 Topps # 439 Brooks Robinson
$17.00

1958 Topps #307 Brooks Robinson HOF Baltimore Orioles EX
$42.00

1966 Topps #390 Brooks Robinson ORIOLES " NM " LR12753
$39.00

(26189) 1972 Topps 550 Brooks Robinson Orioles-EX
$12.75
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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

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

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

BROOKS ROBINSON SIGNED PSA DNA OLD TIMERS PROGRAM AUTHENTIC
$35.00

BROOKS ROBINSON AUTO AUTOGRAPH SIGNED FRAMED MATTED CUSTOM 16X20 ORIOLES JSA
$72.05

Brooks Calbert Robinson Signed Full Name Baseball Autographed Ball HA PSA 9.5
$119.99

AL KALINE BROOKS ROBINSON SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA HOLOGRAM & COA
$109.00

Frank Robinson & Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles Signed AL Baseball JSA
$125.00

Brooks Robinson signed autographed MLB black leather PSA X63962 "16XGG HOF 83"
$89.99

CAL RIPKEN JR BROOKS ROBINSON DUAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ART BALL PSA DNA LOA
$20.50

SIGNED BROOKS ROBINSON HARRISON'S CHESAPEAKE FISHING JSA ORIOLES AUTO AUTOGRAPH
$69.00

ORIOLES BROOKS ROBINSON & TIGERS AL KALINE DUAL SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO JSA
$70.00

BROOKS ROBINSON SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED TEAM ISSUED PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$35.00

Brooks Robinson Signed Autographed Baltimore Orioles 16x20 Photo JSA
$31.00

RARE VINTAGE BROOKS ROBINSON AUTOGRAPH 8x10 ORIOLES PHOTO CARD AUTO SIGNED, JSA
$67.50

BROOKS ROBINSON SIGNED FRAMED ORIOLES ORANGE JERSEY WITH "HOF 83" JSA COA!!
$335.00

1963 Fleer Brooks Robinson #4 JSA Pre-Certified Signed Autograph IB66
$40.00
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