Thursday, April 09, 2020

REA's Spring Auction has some Fantastic Dodgers Memorabilia

Robert Edwards Auctions, one of the premier sports memorabilia auction houses, is currently running their 2020 Spring offering and it includes a bunch of great Dodger goodies. In fact, if not for a self-imposed moratorium I would likely be aggressively chasing after the item above. What you see at the very top is a 1945 Brooklyn Brown Dodgers stock certificate. (Auction Link)

As you may know, in 1945 the United States Baseball League was born to compete with the more established Negro National and American Leagues, and one of the folks lending public support to this endeavor was Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Soon, the Brooklyn Brown Dodgers were created and it quickly allowed Rickey to scout African-American ballplayers without anyone noticing. From what I understand, the Brooklyn Dodgers didn't actually own the Brooklyn Brown Dodgers, but that didn't stop them from sending scouts under their name.

The team only lasted one season and the league ended up closing their doors after two.

The next item I wanted to feature is the Carl Furillo 1984 Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame Ring (Auction Link). Per the auction description:
Recent research may shed some light on the nature of these Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame rings: The Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1984 by lifelong Brooklyn resident and Dodgers fan Marty Adler. According to Adler's August 13, 2013, obituary in the New York Times the museum "never had a permanent home — it was essentially a personal journey down his baseball memory lane — but it enabled him to share his passion for the Dodgers with his fellow Brooklynites." Later in the same article, the Times notes that the first three inductees into the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 "were figures from the 1950s teams that came to be known as the Boys of Summer: pitcher Carl Erskine, right fielder Carl Furillo and first baseman Gil Hodges, who died in 1972 while managing the Mets and was represented by his widow, Joan." 

I don't know if I've ever met a more passionate fanbase than Brooklyn Dodger fans.

Lastly, check out this circa 1940s-1950s Brooklyn Dodgers Game-Used Organizational Uniform (Auction Link). This real gamer is not attributed to any one individual Dodger, but is thought to have been used by one of the Brooklyn Dodgers' minor-league affiliates. So, if you've been wanting a real Brooklyn Dodger uniform then this is probably the most economical choice.

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