Brooks Robinson spent decades surrounded by the trophies and souvenirs he gathered during his Hall of Fame career with the Baltimore Orioles. Now, he made the decision to auction off more than 200 cherished awards and memorabilia to raise money for charity. Items include his World Series rings from 1966 and 1970, each of Robinson’s 16 Gold Gloves and the jewel of the collection, his 1964 MVP Trophy. According to Chris Ivy, director of sports collectibles for Heritage Auctions, the MVP Award will sell at least $100,000, while each of the World Series rings will bring bids of approximately $80,000.
Other items include game-worn home and away uniforms, the Hickok Belt that Robinson received as the top athlete of 1970, bats he used in several All-Star games and the Hall of Fame induction pin he received in 1983.
Robinson, 78, has also offered a Norman Rockwell original painting for private sale in conjunction with the auction, with the proceeds also going to charity. The art work shows Robinson signing an autograph for a young fan leaning over the fence.
Robinson, who retired in 1977, says his decision to auction off his memorabilia has nothing to do with filling his pockets.
“I’m fine,” Robinson said. “I don’t need the money.”
He says “every cent” will go to the Constance and Brooks Robinson Foundation for distribution to worthy causes.