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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2012 TOPPS TRIBUTE BRONZE FRANK ROBINSON 008 299
$11.49
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1969 Topps Super #2 Frank Robinson Orioles PSA 10 Gem Mint
$495.00
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1965 OPC 120 Frank Robinson Reds O Pee Chee
$34.95
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2008 UPPER DECK #93 FRANK ROBINSON FRAMED BLACK HOF POP 4 PSA 10 B1753177-799
$10.99
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2002 TOPPS TRIBUTE MILESTONE MATERIALS , FRANK ROBINSON BAT, ORIOLES ,BOX 16 !
$19.99
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1964 TOPPS #260 FRANK ROBINSON REDS EX+ 205151
$23.00
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1958 Topps Frank Robinson Cincinnati Reds #285 Baseball Card
$24.99
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1958 TOPPS #285 FRANK ROBINSON REDS EX 174043
$59.00
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1967 Dexter Press Baltimore Orioles Complete Set Brooks Frank Robinson Palmer NM
$99.95
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FRANK ROBINSON Cincinnati Reds 1959 Topps Baseball Card
$28.99
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1968 Topps #500 Frank Robinson (HOF) ExNm+ L1175
$17.00
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1970 TOPPS HIGH NUMBER BALTIMORE ORIOLES FRANK ROBINSON
$34.00
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17 card lot Willie Mays Pete Rose Johnny Bench Frank Robinson Al Kaline Seaver
$25.99
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Frank Robinson 1972 Topps #754 High # series - PSA 8 Los Angeles Dodgers
$54.95
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1962 Bazooka panel, Ken McBride, Frank Robinson Reds, Gil Hodges Mets, BVG
$95.99
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2002 FLEER GREATS FRANK ROBINSON JERSEY CINCINNATI REDS HOF
$10.75
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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 Bat Pricing

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Frank Robinson Signed Photograph Pricing

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Frank Robinson Autographed signed Baltimore Orioles Hat cap PSA DNA hof
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Frank Robinson 1994 Nabisco Hand Signed Card Baltimore Orioles PSA DNA
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Frank Robinson signed 8x10 photo Jsa hologram & coa autograph J08007 Balitmore
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Frank Robinson Signed Autographed Picture Photo w COA PSA DNA California Angels
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FRANK ROBINSON Signed Slabbed HOF Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard Nice Auto PSA DNA
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Frank Robinson Signed Baseball - Steiner
$49.00
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Frank Robinson Autographed Signed HOF Postcard PSA DNA
$54.99
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Frank Robinson Harry Gill JSA Signed Auto Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Ball
$39.99
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FRANK ROBINSON JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED GOLD HOF PLAQUE AUTOGRAPH
$44.00
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FRANK ROBINSON VINTAGE JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED 3X5 INDEX CARD AUTOGRAPH
$45.00
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FRANK ROBINSON BALTIMORE ORIOLES SIGNED JERSEY NUMBER "2" JSA COA "66 TC AL MVP"
$79.00
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FRANK ROBINSON ORIOLES SIGNED JERSEY NUMBER "2" JSA COA "61 NL MVP
$79.00
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FRANK ROBINSON ORIOLES SIGNED JERSEY NUMBER "2" JSA COA INSCRIBED "HOF 82"
$79.00
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FRANK ROBINSON ORIOLES SIGNED JERSEY NUMBER "2" JSA COA INSCRIBED "66 W.S. MVP"
$79.00
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FRANK ROBINSON ORIOLES SIGNED JERSEY NUMBER "2" JSA COA INSCRIBED "66 T.C."
$79.00
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FRANK ROBINSON ORIOLES SIGNED JERSEY NUMBER "2" JSA COA INSCRIBED "56 NL ROY"
$79.00
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