If you ever wondered how much it would cost to get your hands on a glove worn by Hall of Fame infielder Jackie Robinson, now you know. Darren Rovell of ESPN reports that a Robinson glove sold for $373,000 Monday morning.
The glove, worn during the 1955 and 1956 World Series, was found in a New York City garage, according to Anthony Sulla-Heffinger of the New York Post. Steiner Sports, one of the biggest sports memorabilia auctioneers in the country, put what’s believed to be the only Robinson glove in existence up for bidding.
Here’s what authenticator Dennis Esken told Sulla-Heffinger:
The glove shows extensive wear and aging on the leather attributed to three years or use. The photo match and the ability to see the Rawlings labels aided me in getting the exact date of the glove. One of the highlights in this BD model glove is Jackie’s iconic jersey number "42" written in black felt tip on the intact wrist strap also, signifying that this glove belonged to him as proven by the "42" pictured in the photo match.
The glove went up for auction just under a month from the release of the movie 42, which profiled Robinson’s journey from the Negro Leagues to the Dodgers.
Robinson is arguably the most important player ever to play Major League Baseball. On April 15, 1947, Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier in professional baseball in doing so.
In 10 years with Brooklyn, Robinson hit .311/.409/.474 with 137 home runs, 734 RBI and 947 runs. He was most known for his speed on the basepaths, taking huge leads to entice pitchers to throw over. When they didn’t, he would steal base after base, totaling 197 swipes in his big league career.
Robinson was a six-time All-Star who won Rookie of the Year in 1947 and the Most Valuable Player award two years later in 1949.
Being that Robinson is such a historic figure in the game, it should come as no surprise that a game-worn glove sold for as much as it did. Still, the person who emptied their pockets to buy it now owns one of the rarest and most historic pieces of memorabilia in the history of the game.