Jackie Robinson’s 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey Estimated To Fetch $6 Million At Auction

The vintage jersey of the most important baseball player of all-time is coming to auction. Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers home white flannel jersey from 1951 will soon be going up for sale at Heritage Auctions. It’s estimated to sell for $6 million.

That season, Robinson made the All-Star team for the third time as he hit .338, with 19 home runs, 88 runs batted in and 25 stolen bases. He finished sixth in MVP voting.

Jackie Robinson 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey
Jackie Robinson 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey. (credit: Heritage Auctions)

“This distinctive uniform style represents the end of an era for the Dodgers, who would pioneer the use of red obverse jersey numbers in 1952. The blue script ‘Dodgers’ across the chest is the timeless design feature that endures to present day, while the 75th National League Anniversary patch at the short-cropped left sleeve ranks among the most celebrated in Major League uniform history,” Heritage Auctions writes in the description lot. “And, of course, the number ’42’ on verso has been properly sanctified as the only one retired across the entirety of the league. Interior collar holds ‘Rawlings St. Louis [size] 42’ labeling with a ‘Dry Clean Only’ secondary label, and ‘Robinson Jack 51’ is artfully embroidered in blue directly into lower left front tail.”

A pair of Robinson’s uniform pants from the 1950 season is paired with the jersey.

The most expensive Robinson jersey ever sold was his 1950 home white that fetched $4.2 million at Hunt Auctions in 2021. In 2017, Heritage sold Robinson’s rookie jersey from 1947 for $2.05 million.

Jackie Robinson 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey
Jackie Robinson 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey. (credit: Heritage Auctions)

Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he made his historic debut at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, paving the way for other Black players to join the league. Over his ten-year MLB career, Robinson hit .311, compiled 1,518 hits, and swiped 197 bases. He was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1947, won the National League MVP Award in 1949, and helped lead the Dodgers to six pennants and one World Series championship in 1955. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Bidding for Robinson’s 1951 home white flannel begins July 26.

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