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.

Top eBay Listings

1970 TOPPS Frank Robinson #700
$12.86

FRANK ROBINSON 2011 TRIBUTE 1 1 RED REFRACTOR DUAL GAME USED BAT REAL 1 1 RARE
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2004 Topps Series Seats Relics #FR Frank Robinson *Game-Used* NRMT
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HARMON KILLEBREW FRANK ROBINSON REGGIE SMITH #88 AL LEADERS 1972 O PEE CHEE OPC
$10.85

FRANK ROBINSON ORIOLES REDS #329 (1970) WORLD SERIES GAME #3 1971 O PEE CHEE OPC
$21.70

1968 Topps #530 Bird Belters Brooks Robinson-Frank Robinson Orioles
$24.00

1958 FRANK ROBINSON HOF TOPPS #484 - Cincinnati Redlegs NrMint Aliz
$24.50

FRANK ROBINSON 1970 Topps # 463 NrMint Mint Set Break Blazer Aliz
$24.49

Frank Robinson Rare Original Artwork Sketch by Juan Rosales 1 1
$25.00

1961 Topps #360 Frank Robinson
$11.20

1960 TOPPS 490 FRANK ROBINSON PSA 8 NICE CARD CENTERING SET
$130.00

1983 Topps #576 Frank Robinson Autograph SGC Authentic 1389969-081
$40.00

BCCG 10 MT BGS BECKETT 2015 FINEST GOLD REFRACTOR AUTOGRAPH FRANK ROBINSON # 50
$84.99

BCCG 7 BGS BECKETT FRANK ROBINSON 1959 TOPPS #435 REDS
$27.99

2001 Topps Archives #219 Frank Robinson Hank Bauer Brooks Baltimore Orioles Card
$10.00

2001 Topps Archives #219 Frank Robinson Hank Bauer Brooks Baltimore Orioles Card
$10.00
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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 Baltimore Orioles Signed Autographed 16x20 Color Photo JSA COA
$199.99

Frank Robinson Signed 1999 SP Signature - PSA DNA
$39.00

Frank Robinson Signed 1994 Nabisco - PSA DNA
$28.00

Frank Robinson Signed 1994 Nabisco - PSA DNA
$28.00

Frank Robinson Signed Louisville Slugger Mini Bat - PSA DNA
$85.00

Frank Robinson Signed 1983 Donruss - PSA DNA
$39.00

FRANK ROBINSON PSA DNA SIGNED GIANTS 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$43.23

Steiner Frank Robinson Signed Player Manager Homerun 16x20 Story Photo
$649.99

Steiner Frank Robinson Signed Orioles Home Uniform 8x10 Photo
$64.99

FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED PSA DNA CERTIFIED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTICATED AUTOGRAPH
$44.99

FRANK ROBINSON PSA DNA SIGNED CERTIFIED 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$46.99

FRANK ROBINSON PSA DNA SIGNED REDS 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$46.99

Frank Robinson Signed Baseball- JSA
$90.00

Frank Robinson Orioles Signed W. White Baseball JSA
$99.00

FRANK ROBINSON SIGNED REDS 8X10 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH JSA #I82432
$72.89

Frank Robinson Signed Basball Inscribed "HOF 82" On OAL Ball STEINER COA Reds
$99.00
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More Info

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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.

User Comments

  1. i got a old basebase card it says frank robinson of 8/31/35 6-1 tr br on back says frank robinson 3 cather 4 left fielder 5 short stop 6 center fielder 8 right fielder 9 3rd baseman 10 2nd baseman 11 1st baseman 12 pitcher is it worth anything

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