October 7, 2015
Now you can own one or two of Brooks Robinson’s World Series rings, coming soon to a Heritage auction:
Brooks Robinson spent many years surrounded by his trophies, souvenirs, and the championship rings he earned during his Hall of Fame baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles.
The shelves in his home are now empty, the result of Brooks Robinson’s decision to auction more than 200 of his cherished items. All of the money raised will go to his charity.
The collection includes his World Series rings from 1966 and 1970 (as shown above), and each of Robinson’s 16 Gold Gloves trophies and his 1964 MVP Trophy.
I often discuss collecting championship rings, however, I’d like to point out that Gold Glove awards make an impressive and beautiful display item for a memorabilia collection and often sell for a fraction of the price of a championship ring. Keep that in mind for this auction and future auctions.
Chris Ivy, the director for Heritage Auctions, estimates the MVP Award will sell for at least $100,000. He anticipates that each of the World Series rings will sell for $80,000. Keep in mind that the 1966 World Series ring, shown above on the right has cracks and chips in the black onyx stone.
Heritage has projected the entire Brooks Robinson collection will bring in approximately $850,000, according to Ivy, who also noted that this is a conservative estimate.
Other Robinson pieces in the auction include game worn home and away jerseys, the Hickok Belt that Robinson received as the top athlete of 1970, baseball bats he used in several All-Star games and the Hall of Fame induction pin he received back in 1983.
“The Hall of Fame ring is all I have left,” Robinson said, and that’s the one championship ring he is keeping.
Robinson, 78, says “every cent” will go to the Constance and Brooks Robinson Foundation and is marked to be distributed to worthy causes.
The online Heritage auction for the Brooks Robinson Collection starts Tuesday and ends on November 6th. The website to visit and participate in the auction is HA.com.
I buy championship rings, so if you have one you would like to sell, please get in contact with me.