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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1962 Topps #350 Frank Robinson EX D32571
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1961 Topps #360 Frank Robinson EX MT J41503
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1964 Topps #260 Frank Robinson SGC 96 Mint 9 HOF Cincinnati Reds HOF
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1961 Topps #360 Frank Robinson EX D40174
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1961 Topps #360 Frank Robinson VG D39609
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1969 Topps #250 Frank Robinson EX J37768
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1969 Topps #250 Frank Robinson PSA 8 J23270
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1969 Topps #250 Frank Robinson VG J44804
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1969 Topps #250 Frank Robinson NM J41521
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Topps 1960 #490 – Frank Robinson!! HOF BLOWOUT!! Starts under $1!! CENTERED!!
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1970 Topps #700 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles NM-MINT Vintage High Number Sta
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2012 TOPPS GOLDEN MOMENTS #GMDC12 FRANK ROBINSON REDS HOF 60 99 GOLD DIE CUT
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1958 Topps FRANK ROBINSON 484 BASEBALL PSA 5 EX Card vtg old hof REDS TEAM
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1964 Topps Giants #29 FRANK ROBINSON (Reds) PSA 8.5 NM-MT+ HOF!
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Frank Robinson Cincinnati Reds Panini 2012 National Treasures GU Bat 97 99
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1962 Topps FRANK ROBINSON BASEBALL Stamp PSA 5 EX vtg old hof REDS TEAM antique
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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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Autograph Frank Robinson Single Signed Ball w JSA Cert AL Ball "56-76" HOF
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Frank Robinson Hand Signed Autographed Yellow HOF card PSA DNA Encapsulated
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FRANK ROBINSON "HOF 82" SIGNED ORIOLES 8X10 PHOTO AUTOGRAPHED STEINER HOLO
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FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED ORIOLES 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH PSA DNA #S25610
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FRANK ROBINSON PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED PEREZ STEELE POSTCARD AUTOGRAPH
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FRANK ROBINSON ORIOLES REDS SIGNED HOF PLAQUE POSTCARD JSA LOA
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Frank Robinson Signed Orioles 8x10 Photo PSA DNA COA Autograph Picture HOF
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Frank Robinson Signed Baseball Autographed Auto PSA DNA W29149
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FRANK ROBINSON AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED OML BASEBALL BALTIMORE ORIOLES w "HOF 82" JSA
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FRANK ROBINSON AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1984 BREWERS COACHING CONTRACT PSA DNA #X45024
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FRANK ROBINSON "ROY 1956" SIGNED REDS VEST JERSEY CUSTOM FRAMED TO 25X35 PSA DNA
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1968 Topps #530 Bird Belters Frank & Brooks Robinson Signed Auto PSA Mint+ 9.5
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Willie Mays & Frank Robinson Autographed Signed Sport Magazine PSA DNA #U93400
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BREWERS Frank Robinson signed photo AUTO JSA HOF O's Autographed Milwaukee RARE
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Frank Robinson Autographed Signed 1967 Topps Card PSA DNA #83305903
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FRANK ROBINSON Signed Orioles 11"x14" Baseball Photo -JSA Authenticated
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