With the Orioles looking to sweep the New York Yankees tonight we take a look at Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.
Brooks played his entire 23 year career with the O's. He debuted in 1955, the teams second year in Baltimore. Five of Robinson's Orioles teams made the postseason including the World Championship squads of 1966 and 1970. Robinson was selected for 18 All-Star squads (across 15 different seasons) and won the 1964 AL MVP award. The first ballot Hall of Famer (1983) totalled 2848 hits with 268 Homers, but is perhaps best known for is fielding - He owns 16 Gold Gloves at Third Base, most by any non-pitcher at any position.
Along with Cal Ripken, Brooks Robinson is the symbol of Baltimore Baseball. It is pretty amazing that the team has two players of such stature who never played for another team.
For The Collector
The Brooks Robinson card above which is is in well loved condition went for $5 in September of 2008. His rookie card is 1957 Topps #328.
Ebay listings of the RC went as low as $28 for a card described as in "ratty" condition. $70 for also rough condtion. For around $100 cards were in much more acceptable condition. $130 will land you a BVG 3 (VG) condition card. On the High End of the spectrum The Brooks Robinson RC in PSA 8 (NM-MT) condition sold as high as $1,258.
The Brooks Robinson 3rd year card 959 Topps #439 featured above had a high auction, PSA MINT 9 condition, conclude at a healthy $636. Ungraded cards came in as low as $3.75 with 9 auctions finishing at $7 or under.
Brooks Robinson HoF index
2009 Obak #A48 (autograph)
Orioles Retired Number Garden
Baseball Card Database