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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1960 Topps #490 Frank Robinson REDS GAI 6 EX-MT Z10956 - GAI ExMt (6)
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1960 Topps #490 Frank Robinson REDS GAI 6 EX-MT Z10957 - GAI ExMt (6)
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1960 Topps #490 Frank Robinson REDS GAI 8 NM-MT Z11052 - GAI NmMt (8)
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1964 Topps Baseball Frank Robinson Card # 260 EX Condition
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2003 DONRUSS LEGENDS OF THE SUMMER FRANK ROBINSON AUTO #67 100
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1961 Topps Frank Robinson Cincinnati Reds #360 Baseball Card
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2015 15 FRANK ROBINSON TOPPS FINEST GREATS REFRACTOR SIGNATURE AUTO REDS
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Frank Robinson 2011 Topps Hope Blue Diamond Anniversary SP #'d 12 60 Orioles
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2012 Topps Golden Moments Game-Used Memorabilia #GMR-FR Frank Robinson Card 0v1
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Frank Robinson #20 Orioles Nameplate Black 2011 Topps Update Series Leather 99
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2011 Prime Cuts * FRANK ROBINSON * Game Used Jumbo Patch * #1 1
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2016 TOPPS LEGACIES VAULT METAL FRANK ROBINSON RED FOIL VM-16 #2 5 SSP ORIOLES
$79.00

2015 IMMACULATE COLLECTION PETE ROSE PATCH FRANK ROBINSON TORRE CEPEDA 9 10
$109.20

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Tribute Autograph #1 1 Cincinnati Reds
$14.50

1976 Dairy Isle Baseball Disc FRANK ROBINSON
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1999 Upper Deck Century Legends Frank Robinson Auto Baltimore Orioles
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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 AUTOGRAPHED HOF 82 OML BASEBALL STEINER COA ORIOLES
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Brooks Robinson Frank Robinson Jim Palmer Signed Authentic Orioles Jersey PSA
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FRANK ROBINSON VINTAGE JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 REDS PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
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FRANK ROBINSON ORIOLES JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
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FRANK ROBINSON JSA COA SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
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FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED 1988 FDC AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$40.50

FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED PSA DNA 1984 HOF METALLIC PLAQUE AUTOGRAPH
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Frank Robinson Signed Autographed 1994 Baseball Card PSA DNA
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CAL RIPKEN JR FRANK ROBINSON DUAL SIGNED ORIOLES 60TH 24 KARAT GOLD BASEBALL PSA
$174.99

Frank Robinson Orioles Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z11944
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FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO BALTIMORE ORIOLES- JSA SOA
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Frank Robinson Signed OMLB COA-Steiner Great Collectable HOFer 1982
$59.95

Frank Robinson Signed 1977-79 Sportscaster Autograph Auto PSA DNA Z10805
$29.00

Frank Robinson Signed Official MLB Baseball w Insc. - PSA DNA COA#Z82970
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Frank Robinson Signed Official MLB Baseball w Insc. - PSA DNA COA#Z82977
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Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles Signed Autographed 16x20 Color Photo JSA COA
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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