The physical copy of Jackie Robinson’s first contract with the MLB is expected to make a ton of money at auction.
TMZ reported the following Tuesday:
The 1947 contract — which made Robinson the first black player to sign with an MLB team — will be sold along with Jackie’s 1945 contract with the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers minor league team.
Bidding on the items, hosted by Goldin Auctions, began on Monday … starting bid was $5 MILLION.
We spoke with Ken Goldin who tells us he’s had the items appraised by a rare documents expert who valued the pair at $36 million. Goldin says 10% of the final sale price will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
My friends, that is a stunning amount of money. So much money!
Look, there’s no question at all that this contract should generate a ton of money. Robinson breaking the color barrier in the MLB is one of the most historic moments in the history of sports.
It’s a top five moments in the past 100 years without a doubt in my mind. I wouldn’t have been surprised at all if the contract generated around $5 million. (RELATED: Skip Bayless Thinks The MLB Wants Kyler Murray Because He’s Black)
However, $36 million is a mind-boggling amount. That’s big-time balling money. You’re going to need deep pockets if you wanna walk away with those pieces of paper.
You really know somebody had an impact on the sports world when their contract from decades ago is selling for the price of a super nice yacht.
I guess that’s to be expected when you’re the first ever black guy to play in the MLB. Now, let’s find out who is going to cut the fat check required.