1970 Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles Signed Game-Used Road Jersey
Reserve - $5,000. Estimate - $10,000+
Baltimore Orioles road jersey worn by Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson during the club's 1970 World Championship season. Graded A9.5 by MEARS. The grey flannel jersey is lettered "Baltimore" across the front and features the number "5" on the left breast and reverse. "B. Robinson" is lettered on the reverse directly above the number. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in orange on black felt. The jersey's set number, the year, and the uniform number ("Set 1 70 5") are chain-stitched in black upon a grey strip tag located in the collar. Also located in the collar, directly adjacent to the strip tag, is a "42" size tag. Both a "Spalding" label and a wash tag appear on the left front tail. Robinson has signed the jersey in black marker (grading "7") in the collar. The jersey is original as issued, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear throughout, including a few light scattered stains on the front. Brooks Robinson is generally considered to be the greatest fielding third baseman in history, so great in fact that his production at the plate is often overlooked by casual fans. Robinson batted .276 with 18 home runs and 94 RBI in 1970 to help lead Baltimore to its first World Championship since 1966. He also won his eleventh (out of an eventual record sixteen) consecutive Gold Glove Award at season's end. Today, Robinson holds nearly every career-fielding record by a third baseman including most games, best fielding percentage, most putouts, most assists, most chances and most double plays. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983. Graded A9.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with .5 point deducted for the light stains on the front). This is just the third, not to mention the highest-graded, Brooks Robinson jersey we have ever handled. The other two examples, both of which were graded A8 by MEARS, appeared, respectively, as Lot 1,202 (1962 home jersey; sold for $19,975) and Lot 1,274 (1975 home jersey; sold for $8,225) in our April 2007 auction. LOA from Troy Kinunen and Dave Grob/MEARS and LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+.
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