Frank Robinson Baseball Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Frank Robinson

Date of Birth: 8/31/1935
Rookie Card Year: 1957
Investment Rating: 8.5


Overview

As a member of the 500 Home Run Club and the only player to win an MVP in both leagues, Frank Robinson baseball cards and autographed memorabilia remain very popular in the hobby. Add to the mix the fact that he's a two-time World Series Champion and Triple Crown winner and you have the makings of one of the greatest players to ever take the field.

Frank Robinson's lone rookie card is from the 1957 Topps Baseball set. However, it is not technically his first card. Robinson had a food-issue release in 1956 Kahn's Weiners, an extremely popular hot dog brand of the era.

In addition to his Topps card, Robinson had several other cards issued in 1957 including a Cincinnati Reds team-issue, Swift Meats, another Kahn's Weiners, and Sohio Gas. All of Robinson's early cards are quite collectible, especially considering the rarity of some of them.

Frank Robinson's first autographed trading card was part of the 1983 Amateur Softball Association set. He also has several food-issue autographs from the mid-1990's including ones from Nabisco, Canadian Cub and, Ball Park Franks. However, it would be his 1995 Upper Deck autograph that would, for a time, be his most popular with collectors. Robinson has continued to appear in autograph sets in the years since, keeping prices reasonable given his on-field success.

Robinson's first memorabilia card was also produced by Upper Deck as part of their 1999 Piece of History 500 Home Run Club insert set. It showcases a piece of one of his game-used bats.

A true ambassador of the game, Frank Robinson's autographed memorabilia is plentiful and in continuous demand. His participation at annual sports collectibles conventions like The National has helped ensure access to one of the game's greats. Popular with fans for his jovial nature, Robinson provides an in-person experience that is more than just simply "getting an autograph."

Frank Robinson Rookie Card

1957 Topps Frank Robinson RC #35

1957 Topps Frank Robinson RC

The 1957 Topps set is revered by collectors for it's great use of photography and little design clutter. The color variations that exist with the front text of some cards has created quite the chase for vintage completists. Robinson is shown in a three-quarters, posed batting stance.

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1972 TOPPS....#754 FRANK ROBINSON TRADED....PSA GRADED... NM MT 8 NQ...
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(8099) 1958 Topps 386 Ed Bailey Birdie Tebbets Frank Robinson Redlegs-VGX
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1958 Topps Frank Robinson Card #285 EX+ 14855
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1962 Topps #350 Frank Robinson (HOF) BVG 8.5 NM-MT+ Ultra Rare POP 1 None Higher
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FRANK ROBINSON 10 CARD LOT 2002 TOPPS TRIBUTE # 59
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1970 Topps — Frank Robinson All-Star #463 — PSA 7
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1975 TOPPS MINI #204 FRANK ROBINSON-ROGER CLEMENTE PSA 8 B1980129-513
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2012 Panini National Treasures Frank Robinson 3 5 laundry tag patch card BGS 8.5
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2001 DONRUSS CLASSICS #170 FRANK ROBINSON AUTOGRAPH AUTO, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, HOF
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2002 Topps Super Teams A View To A Thrill Relics #VTFR Frank Robinson 2 - NM-MT+
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1968 Topps Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles #500 Baseball Card
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FRANK ROBINSON 2011 TRIBUTE 1 1 RED REFRACTOR DUAL GAME USED BAT REAL 1 1 RARE
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1964 Topps Frank Robinson Cincinnati Reds #260 Baseball Card Graded PSA NM 7
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1966 Topps Baseball Card - Frank Robinson, #310 C19
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1972 Topps #100 Frank Robinson PSA 8 NM-MT
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Cincinnati Reds 1962 Topps Stamps Team Page, featuring Frank Robinson
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Autograph Guide

Frank Robinson Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Frank Robinson's authentic signature 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 companySome of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Frank Robinson Cut Signature Exemplar

Frank Robinson Signature Example

Frank Robinson Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Frank 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. A pride of penmanship exists even into his older years.
  2. The signature is written in cursive with very few stops and starts.
  3. The "F" resembles a thin "J" with just a small cross in the center and a tail at the top.
  4. The signature leans to the right, the pen lifts to start the "r", the "a" is angular and closed.
  5. The "n" is pronounced, it flows into the "k" which more closely resembles the letter "h."
  6. The "R" start with a tail on the top left before forming a small loop that then connects with the initial vertical line.
  7. The letters of the last name can be discerned but are usually spaced very closely together.
  8. The "letter "i" is dotted, and the "o" shows no open loop.
  9. The signature finishes with a loop than comes off the "n," up, back and over the signature.

Frank Robinson Signed Baseball Pricing

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Frank Robinson Signed Baseball

Frank Robinson Signed Bat Pricing

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Frank Robinson Signed Bat

Frank Robinson Signed Photograph Pricing

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Frank Robinson Signed Photo

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Frank Robinson Signed 20x24 Canvas HOF Inscription Steiner COA
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FRANK ROBINSON UDA UPPER DECK AUTHENTICATED SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED AL BASEBALL
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FRANK ROBINSON "MVP 66" SIGNED ORIOLES PHOTO CUSTOM FRAMED TO 20X24 PSA DNA COA
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FRANK ROBINSON BLACK LEATHER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED HOF82 RAWLINGS BASEBALL PSA DNA
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FRANK ROBINSON SINGLE SIGNED Baseball PSA AUTHENTICATED
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1956 Reds Autographed Signed Baseball 30 Sigs Frank Robinson PSA DNA #W06935
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FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED AUTO ML BASEBALL HOF 82 MOUNTED MEMORIES CERTIFIED
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Frank Robinson Signed Autographed Baseball PSA DNA COA #X52782
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Frank Robinson Orioles Signed L. Coleman Baseball JSA
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FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED HALL OF FAME PLAQUE POSTCARD-JSA SOA-ORIOLES
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Signed Auto Official American League Baseball Frank Robinson UDA Cincinnati Reds
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Frank Robinson Signed 1975 Photo Postcard Autographed Photograph Indians JSA
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FRANK ROBINSON signed OFFICIAL MAJOR LEAGUE OMLB BASEBALL HOF 82 JSA
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Frank Robinson Orioles Signed Gene Budig Baseball JSA
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Frank Robinson Orioles Signed W. White Baseball JSA
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Frank Robinson Signed AL Bobby Brown Baseball JSA
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