The Search Continues for a New Owner of Original Jackie Robinson Contracts

Jim Stefano Joins Goldin Auctions

The first attempt to sell the original Jackie Robinson professional baseball contracts with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Montreal Royals at auction was unsuccessful, as the reserve price established by the owner of the historic Civil Rights documents was not met. Goldin Auctions will continue to handle the sale of the documents until they are sold, and whether they are sold at auction or privately, 10% of the purchase price will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

“Our initial outreach to collectors, philanthropists, corporations and others over the past few months was extremely positive with many expressing interest in taking stewardship of these historic Civil Rights documents,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “It’s not unusual for an item like this to be brought to auction more than once or sold privately after the initial offering. We’ll continue to look for an owner who will share these historic documents with the world between now and the next scheduled auction in the late Spring.”

Additionally, if the new owner chooses, the contracts will always have a home at the site of the future Jackie Robinson Museum both live in New York City and online. Collectors interested in purchasing the historic documents should contact Goldin Auctions at [email protected] or calling 856-767-8550 between 9 am -5 pm ET.

“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, were signed by Robinson on October 23, 1945 with the Montreal Royals and on April 11, 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The contracts have been authenticated by PSA/DNA, James Spence Authentication (JSA), Beckett Authentication Services and John Reznikoff of University Archives. They were 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. The documents are currently insured by Chubb for $36 million.

During the past two years, 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 in New York City, Busch Stadium, Wrigley Field, and others, by the current owners, Collector’s Café.

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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.

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