New Rochelle, NY (PressExposure) April 11, 2013 -- One of the most historic artifacts from the career of the immortal Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson - a newly-discovered, authentic game-worn baseball glove used during both the 1955 and '56 World Series (his final season) - will go on the auction block May 1 through June 2 on-line at Steiner Sports Memorabilia (www.steinersports.com), it was announced today by the New Rochelle, New York-based company.
Monday, April 15, is the 66th Anniversary of the iconic Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier (April 15, 1947). For more information contact Steiner Sports at 914-307-1000.
Said Steiner executive vice president Brett Schissler: "The Robinson glove is the rarest piece of memorabilia sold at auction by Steiner. It is sure to spark spirited bidding by collectors." Added Steiner executive vice president Steve Costello: "This is a blockbuster artifact, and Steiner Sports is proud and privileged to present it at auction." The glove was authenticated by Dennis Esken, who is renowned in the industry.
He said: "This rare gem is the only Jackie Robinson glove known to exist. It was discovered in NYC tucked away in a garage, wrapped in plastic." A baseball bat used by Robinson was also discovered, and will also go on the Steiner auction block, along with hundreds of baseball, basketball and football artifacts which will be announced at a later date.
Esken added: "The glove shows extensive wear and aging on the leather attributed to three years of 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."