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 213x300 Image

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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1967 Topps FRANK ROBINSON *CHECKLIST* #52 Exmt Exmt+ !!
$20.00
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1968 Topps FRANK ROBINSON *CHECKLIST* Exmt+ #454 CARDINALS !!
$18.00
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1959 Topps #435 Frank Robinson PSA 8 (oc) HOF Cincinnati Redlegs
$59.00
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1972 Topps Baltimore Orioles Team Set With Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson
$35.99
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1958 TOPPS FRANK ROBINSON EX CINCINNATI REDLEGS #285 (002)
$27.20
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8x10 O'Connell Ink Print Frank Robinson (Reds) 1964 Topps Card Design
$11.95
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1961 Topps Frank Robinson Cincinnati Reds #360 Baseball Card
$25.00
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1958 Topps #484 Frank Robinson AS REDLEGS " EX-MT " LR18042
$26.00
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1962 GRADED!! Willie Mays & Frank Robinson HOFers!! Beckett!!! BV$100
$45.99
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1997 Donruss Signature Significant Signatures Frank Robinson Autograph
$34.99
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FRANK ROBINSON VINTAGE BASEBALL CARD CINCINNATI TOPPS 1960's #581
$19.50
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Frank Robinson 1959 Topps #435 Baseball Trading Card BV = $50.00
$13.95
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04 LEGENDS OF THE FALL FRANK ROBINSON BAT & AUTO #D 50 ORIOLES
$69.95
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99 FLEER GREATS OF THE GAME FRANK ROBINSON AUTO ORIOLES
$42.95
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99 UPPER DECK SP FRANK ROBINSON AUTO ORIOLES
$42.95
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1961 Topps #360 Frank Robinson Cincinnati Reds
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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 Image

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 Photograph Pricing

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FRANK ROBINSON signed MLB Baseball HOF auto STEINER
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RARE VINTAGE 1970 Frank Robinson Brooks Robinson Jim Palmer Signed Baseball PSA
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FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED HALL OF FAME PLAQUE POSTCARD-JSA SOA-ORIOLES
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FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED PEREZ STEELE HOF POSTCARD-JSA SOA-BALTIMORE ORIOLES
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Frank Robinson inscribed Hof 82 signed Majestic jersey Jsa Witn hologram
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frank & brooks robinson signed october 10, 1966 sports illustrated PSA
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1994 Nabisco All-Star Auto Signed FRANK ROBINSON PSA DNA Orioles Reds HOF
$24.98
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RARE 1960'S FRANK ROBINSON PLAYING DAYS SIGNED BASEBALL PSA DNA COA #V74214
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Frank Robinson SIGNED ROMLB Baseball + 2,943 Hits Orioles ITP PSA DNA
$115.00
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Frank Robinson psa dna signed 1974 Topps #55 slabbed Angels
$55.95
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Frank Robinson signed autographed color photo PSA DNA
$59.99
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Frank Robinson HOF 82 signed MLB licensed jersey Jsa hologram & coa W353689 auto
$209.00
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Frank Robinson Signed Orioles 8x10 Photograph JSA COA
$39.95
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FRANK ROBINSON 586 HR SIGNED OFFICIAL BOBBY BROWN AL BALL- ORIOLES-COA JSA
$79.99
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FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO- JSA SOA...BALTIMORE ORIOLES
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FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED RAWLINGS FULL SIZE GLOVE PSA DNA COA
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