There are dozens of items from Robin Roberts’ career going on the auction block Tuesday night.
It doesn’t scratch the surface of what the Hall of Fame pitcher had accumulated during seven decades in and around sports.
From trophies he earned as an outstanding college basketball player to valuable rings he earned and was given…even a signed Babe Ruth baseball he got as a young player…the auction at Citizen’s Bank Park will have a lot of memories attached to them.
That’s part of the reason why it’ll be a difficult evening for members of his family who chose to sell them. Robin Roberts Jr. said after his father died last year, the family tried to decide how to divide up the things that told the story of their father’s life in sports.
They thought about picking things out and dividing them up equally by number. They even thought about having a ‘draft’. The easiest way, it turned out, was simply to box up everything they all agreed they could part with and have them auctioned to fans and collectors.
Hunt Auctions is handling the sale, which is already underway online and culminates with the live portion of the sale Tuesday night.
You can read more about the family’s tough choice here and get a look at the preview segment that was done on Philadelphia’s Fox TV affiliate below.