Mykalai Kontilai is using the discovery to launch his own auction business, the Collectors Cafe. He told The Undefeated he bought the documents in 2013 for an undisclosed price. He plans to display the contract Robinson signed with the Dodgers and the contract he signed with the Montreal Royals in Times Square Monday.
Collectors Cafe will donate some of the proceeds to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Prominent authenticator John Reznikoff told the website the four-page Dodgers document includes has Robinson’s name on it, GM Branch Rickey and National League President Ford Frick. Reznikoff has worked with documents signed by George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.
“I’m 110 percent sure” it’s real, he told The Undefeated. The contract has been valued at $36 million.
Robinson played his first game for the Dodgers on April 15, 1947. He debuted as a first baseman against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. He won the inaugural Rookie of the Year that year.