The sports memorabilia world is receiving another historical piece in the form of Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Rookie of the Year award. It was the inaugural Rookie of the Year award and was given to Robinson after his ground-breaking first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers and is being auctioned by Lelands auction house for the first time in 20 years.
It was only last summer that Lelands asked for $1 million for the award, which is a reason why they’re having trouble getting multiple offers for the piece of history. According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the amount that is being asked has been dropped from previous offers:
The current auction sets a reserve amount — a minimum sale price — of $50,000. However, last summer, Lelands offered the Robinson award for $1 million.
The award is accompanied with a letter of authentication from Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow. She sold the item 20 years ago and that buyer is now selling it. The price of the first auction was not released, nor was the name of the new seller.
Robinson won the award in 1947 after a season in which he hit .297 with 12 home runs, 48 RBI and 29 stolen bases. He broke the color barrier in the major leagues and put up the numbers besides being verbally abused and ridiculed all season long. It was the first year that the award was given and it was only given to one player in the entire league. Now, the award is given to the best rookie in the American League and the National League. In 1987, the award was renamed the Jackie Robinson Award.
The new reserve price has gotten some to begin a bidding war for the item and there have been five bids with current price at $73,205.
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