Roberts Rings Top Philly Auction

Forty-two years after his playing career ended, the Philadelphia Phillies still thought enough of Robin Roberts to present him with a 2008 World Series ring. On Tuesday night, it was sold for $42,981.

The ring was part of a large auction of memorabilia from the late pitcher’s career and other Phillies items sold at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark by Hunt Auctions.

The ring, with 103 diamonds, was the top selling item among hundreds of lots.  Roberts’ 1976 Hall of Fame ring brought $29,756 while his 195Hall of Fame ring Robin Roberts0 National League Championship ring sold for $19,838. Final realized prices include the auction’s 15% buyer’s premium.

Weeks of online bidding gave way to the live portion of the sale Tuesday.

Roberts was strictly a prospect when one of the auction’s more interesting pieces was obtained.  He was in training camp in the spring of 1948 when Babe Ruth came to town to visit two former teammates who were coaches with the team.  Roberts obtained an autographed baseball which he presented to his mother.  The ball sold for $13,225.

Just four years later, Roberts was a member of the National League All-Star team and a bat he used that day rocketed to $11,241.

Another vintage piece that wasn’t related to Roberts’ career also attracted significant attention.  A rare 1915 Phillies World Series press pin brought $12,895.

Other items sold in the auction included:

  • 1969 Greatest Phillies Player original painting  $13,225
  • 1976 Roberts Hall of Fame plaque display piece $9919
  • 1952 game-used baseball from Roberts’ 27th win  $8596
  • 2010 Roy Halladay game-worn alternate jersey  $6348
  • 1993 Mitch williams game-worn road uniform  $5026
  • 1886 Philadelphia Quakers team cabinet photo  $4960
  • 1953 game-used baseball from Roberts’ 24th win  $4960
  • 1962 Roberts Lou Gehrig Award  44761