Jackie Robinson’s Original Professional Baseball Contracts Being Offered by Goldin Auctions

Goldin Auctions October 2017 Legends Auctions News and Consignment Deadline

Jackie Robinson’s original professional baseball contracts with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Montreal Royals which were in a Brooklyn historian’s safe-deposit box until a few years ago, will be offered for sale by Goldin Auctions at a live auction on November 16, 2017 at the Jackie Robinson Museum. The announcement of the auction, and that 10% of the purchase price will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, was made today by Ken Goldin, Chairman of Goldin Auctions.

“There are many documents on display in museums that represent seminal moments in history which forever changed America such as The Declaration of Independence, The Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation. But most historians believe that the integration of baseball with the signing of Jackie Robinson had as great an impact on America as any other moment in history. In fact, Martin Luther King called Robinson the founder of the Civil rights movement said Mr. Goldin. “Bringing the most important baseball document and the founding document of the Civil Rights movement to auction is an awesome responsibility and we are honored to help find them a permanent home for future generation to enjoy.”

The two contracts, which will be sold together as a single lot, are Robinson’s original copies of the contracts he signed on October 23, 1945 with the Montreal Royals and on April 11, 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Since the Dodgers have said publicly that they no longer have copies, the historical significance of the documents is magnified as these are the only copies of the historic Civil Rights documents in existence. The contracts have been authenticated by PSA/DNA, James Spence Authentication (JSA), Beckett Authentication Services and John Reznikoff of University Archives. The have been appraised for $36 million by rare document expert Seth Kaller who has appraised many comparable historical items, including Abraham Lincoln signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and Benjamin Franklin signed copies of the U.S. Constitution.

“We are delighted with our partnership with Goldin Auctions that promotes Jackie Robinson’s legacy in baseball and in the Civil Rights Movement” said Della Britton Baeza, President and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. “We hope that the winning bidder will share these historic documents with the world. Of course, they will always have a home at the Jackie Robinson Museum both live in New York City and online.”

During the past year, the contracts have been on public display at several museums and major league stadiums including the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, City Hall in Montreal, Times Square, Busch Stadium, Wrigley Field, and others.

“We encourage philanthropists, museum curators, MLB team owners, corporations and anyone else with the means who loves baseball or supports the civil rights movement or wants to help preserve Jackie’s legacy, to step forward and take ownership of these historic documents,” said Mr. Goldin. “We look forward to an electric night of bidding on November 16th, but if the right buyer comes forward before the auction and can ensure these documents will continue to be shared with the public, we’ll certainly consider a private sale.”

Collectors interested in bidding on the Robinson contracts must register in advance to be approved for bidding. Registration is available at www.GoldinAuctions.com or by calling 856-767-8550.

goldin-9-11-17

About The Jackie Robinson Foundation
Founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973 to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, non-profit organization that administers one of the nation’s premier education and leadership development programs for minority college students. In addition to four-years of generous financial assistance, JRF offers an unparalleled, comprehensive set of support services that has led to a consistent, nearly 100% graduation rate among African American college students. The 1,500 JRF alumni are proven leaders in their communities and across a broad range of professional fields -serving as true ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of service, excellence and humanitarianism. JRF has disbursed over $70 million in grants and direct program support to students who have attended over 260 different colleges and universities across the country. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is engaged currently in building the Jackie Robinson Museum to educate and inspire visitors of all generations around Jackie Robinson’s courageous achievements on and off the field. For more information, visit www.jackierobinson.org.

About Goldin Auctions
Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $600 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. All game worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.

0 comments

Add your comment

Commenting is allowed only for registered users.

Other articlesgo to homepage

Infinite Auctions Winter Sports Auction Starts Jan. 20th – Photo Matched Game Used & Lots More

Infinite Auctions Winter Sports Auction Starts Jan. 20th – Photo Matched Game Used & Lots More(0)

Infinite Auctions Winter Sports Auction is set to begin on January 20th and will conclude on February 10, 2018!    Register, view items and bid at www.InfiniteAuctions.com.  Amazing items from Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Johnny Bench, Peyton Manning, Patrick Ewing, Russell Wilson and many more.  Game used jerseys, helmets, sneakers, sports cards and more! 

Wayman Tisdale’s 1984 Olympic Gold Medal – Other Items Heading to Auction

Wayman Tisdale’s 1984 Olympic Gold Medal – Other Items Heading to Auction(0)

The late Wayman Tisdale’s 1984 Olympic Men’s Basketball gold medal and jersey will be up for sale in the Goldin Auctions 2018 Winter Auction.  The medal represents the last men’s Olympic basketball gold medal won by an amateur team as the U.S. men won bronze in 1988, which lead to the formation of the Dream Team

Yesteryear Auctions February 24th Auction Preview and Consignment Opportunities

Yesteryear Auctions February 24th Auction Preview and Consignment Opportunities(0)

Yesteryear Auctions is launching their Winter 2018 auction, set to open on February 1st and conclude on February 24, 2018. A preview can be seen here. Consignments are currently being accepted at yesteryearauctions.com until January 25th. Consignors will be offered a competitive consignment rate as well as receive free advertisement on multiple social media and

2017 Goldin Auctions Year in Review

2017 Goldin Auctions Year in Review(0)

A very unpredictable year, was another record-setting one for the sports auction business and Goldin Auctions. In the company’s eight live and online auctions, more than 10,000 lots of sports and entertainment memorabilia and historical artifacts were sold by Goldin Auctions – many establishing new industry standards.

Preview: Memory Lane’s Winter Historical Rarities Auction

Preview: Memory Lane’s Winter Historical Rarities Auction(0)

Disputes between players and management aren’t confined to the modern era of pro sports.  Proof of that comes in a set of signed baseball documents set to hit the auction block just prior to the holidays.  Up for bids through Memory Lane Auctions will be a remarkable collection of signed documents related to the short-lived

read more

Auction Schedule

Featured Auctions:
(*) MeiGray Auctions: Jan. 1 - Jan. 17
(*) University Archives: Jan. 3 - Jan. 17
(*) RR Auction: Jan. 11 - Jan. 18
(*) Sirius Sports Cards: Jan. 6 - Jan. 18
(*) Paragon Auctions: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
(*) Lelands.com: Jan. 8 - Jan. 21
(*) Auction of Champions: Jan. 10 - Jan. 24
Baggers Auctions: Jan. 19 - Jan. 25
(*) MeiGray Auctions: Jan. 1 - Jan. 25
(*) Pristine Auction: Jan 1 - Jan. 28
(*) Wheatland Auction: Jan 1 - Jan. 28
(*) NHL Auctions: Jan 1 - Jan. 29
(*) Clean Sweep Auctions: Dec. 27 - Jan. 31
(*) MeiGray Auctions: Jan. 11 - Jan. 31
Sirius Sports Cards: Jan. 20 - Feb. 1
Infinite Auctions: Jan. 20 - Feb. 10
2017 Full Auction Schedule

Daily/Weekly Auctions:
(*) Fanatic Auctions: Daily
(*) Greg Morris Cards: Daily
(*) NHL Auctions: Daily
(*) Pristine Auction: 10-Minute
(*) Pristine Auction: Daily
(*) Kevin Savage Auctions: Every Monday
(*) Auction of Champions: Monthly
(*) Pristine Weekly: Every Tuesday
(*) Kevin Savage Auctions: Every Wednesday
(*) Pristine Classic: Every Wednesday
(*) Kevin Savage Auctions: Every Thursday
(*) NBA Auctions: Every Thursday
(*) Sig Auctions: Every Thursday
(*) Fusco Auctions: Every Friday
(*) Heritage - Sports: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Comics: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Entertainment: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Historical: Every Sunday
(*) Just Collect: Every Sunday
(*) Steiner Auctions: Every Sunday
(*) Lelands Internet: Weekly
2017 Full Auction Schedule

Consignment Deadlines:
Auction of Champions - 1/15
Clean Sweep Auctions - 1/15
Love of the Game Auctions - 1/15
MEARS Auctions - 1/15
Pristine Auction - 1/15
Sirius Sports Cards - 1/15
Sterling Sports - 1/18
RR Auction - 1/19
Yesteryear Auctions - 1/25
Mile High Card Company - 1/26
RR Auction - 1/26
REA - 1/31
Collect Auctions - 2/2
All Consignment Deadlines
Consign/Sell Here

Sponsors

Contacts and information

Auction Report is the premier web site for news coverage and more on the best auction companies.

Social networks

Most popular categories

© 2018 Auction Report All rights reserved.