Goldin Auctions says it will offer for auction the widest selection of Robinson-related material ever featured in a single auction during a special event opening next month. The Jackie Robinson 70th Anniversary Auction will run from late March through April 22 – one week after MLB’s annual Jackie Robinson Day celebration.
In addition to Robinson items, the auction will also feature memorabilia from his Brooklyn teammates, the Negro Leagues and civil right leaders such as Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Martin Luther King and others. Goldin Auctions will donate 10% of all sales to the JRF to help complete the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City.
Some of the items that have already been consigned include: a 1955-56 Robinson game used cap; a rare 1950 Dodgers team signed baseball also signed by Branch Rickey; Dodgers team signed baseballs from 1948, 1952 & 1953; Robinson’s 1952 All-Star Game used bat; an autographed first edition copy of “Wait till Next Year – The Story of Jackie Robinson”; a 1939 Robinson triple signed Pasadena Junior College Yearbook; a very rare 1947 Robinson Day Ebbets Field ticket stub; game-used bats from Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo and Jim Gilliam; Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 “We Shall Overcome” speech with notes and handwritten page; a 1962 letter from Rev. King that references Robinson’s Hall of Fame dinner; and more than a dozen Muhammad Ali lots including a signed (Cassius Clay) fight worn robe from his 1964 fight with Sonny Liston.
“Our partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation is a great opportunity for us to help promote the legendary life of a true American hero,” said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. “This auction is the perfect platform for collectors to consign their high-value Robinson-related memorabilia as we expect it to be one of our most visible events ever, and one that appeals to serious collectors and others who support the work of the Foundation and idolize Robinson. In addition to the aggressive promotion of Jackie Robinson Day by MLB, we also will part of the Foundation’s 70th anniversary black-tie gala on March 6 in New York that’s being attended by a host of dignitaries and celebrities.”