Hobby Musings: Catching up with Johnny Robinson

Hobby Musings: Catching up with Johnny RobinsonHobby Musings: Catching up with Johnny Robinson – Being elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is arguably the greatest honor a football player can achieve. As a member of the 2019 HOF class, it is an achievement that was realized by former Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson. Taking the time out of his busy schedule, Mr. Robinson took the time to speak about his experiences with the sports memorabilia world over the years.

KS: Mr. Robinson, first of all, congratulations on your election to the Hall of Fame. If you’ll allow me one non-memorabilia question, how did it feel when you first heard of the election?
JR: I was elated to finally receive the knock on the door and to have David Baker tell me that I had been selected for induction to the Hall of Fame. It is the pinnacle of my professional career.

KS: Looking at it from the memorabilia side, what was the first item you signed with the HOF inscription?
JR: The first item that I signed was a Hall of Fame helmet that they had me sign. It really felt great to write HOF 2019 along with my signature.

KS: The trading card and memorabilia industry has changed considerably from the time you were playing to now. Did you ever imagine it would get as big as it is now?
JR: No I didn’t. I’m fact, since I was inducted I have learned more about this because of the demands of being in the HOF. The requests never end.

KS: Did you keep any of your memorabilia from your playing career and HOF induction?
JR: I have some, but I donated my Super Bowl helmet and jersey, along with some significant trophies to the PFHOF in order that others may get to see these for generations.

KS: Looking back on it, is there any memorabilia that you wish you had kept or asked fellow players for?
JR: I guess if I knew how valuable a lot of things would become I would have kept some. It wasn’t unusual to give away jerseys and things back then because we didn’t know how valuable they would become. I’m glad that I did give some things away to special people in my life and pray that they have enjoyed having them.

KS: When you were playing, what was it like in terms of people asking you or your teammates for autographs?
JR: I think that has always been a part of sports especially in the professional realm. I always enjoyed signing for fans because they help make the games special. I always and still do appreciate the fans.

KS: What is the strangest thing anyone has ever asked you to autograph?
JR: I had someone want me to sign their bare arm once. I always wondered how long the guy waited until he washed that arm. LOL

KS: Conversely, is there an especially cool piece of memorabilia you remember being asked to sign?
JR: I signed the backs of stadium seats from the Kansas City stadium that had the number 4 on them. All of us HOF guys that played in Super Bowl IV signed them. Really neat idea.

Hobby Musings: Catching up with Johnny Robinson – Johnny Robinson Career Stats

Defense & Fumbles Table
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Sfty
1960 22 DTX FL 42 14 14 8 0 0 0
1961 23 DTX FL 42 14 13 1 0 0 0
1962 24 DTX RS 42 14 4 25 0 20
1963* 25 KAN RS 42 14 3 41 0 19
1964* 26 KAN RS 42 10 2 17 0 17
1965*+ 27 KAN RS 42 14 5 99 0 50
1966*+ 28 KAN RS 42 14 10 136 1 29
1967*+ 29 KAN RS 42 14 5 17 0 10 1 3 7 0
1968*+ 30 KAN RS 42 14 14 6 40 0 16 0 2 28 0
1969+ 31 KAN RS 42 14 14 8 158 0 33
1970*+ 32 KAN FS 42 14 14 10 155 0 57 0 1 46 1
1971 33 KAN FS 42 14 14 4 53 0 29
Career 164 83 57 741 1 57 10 6 81 1
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/3/2019.

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Kelsey Schroyer is a longtime hobby enthusiast and avid collector. His interest in collecting began when watching Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez give Babe Ruth a Hank Aaron rookie card in “The Sandlot.” Since then, he’s never looked back, focusing primarily on adding to his baseball Hall of Fame collection. He lives in Plainville, Connecticut with his wife Danielle.
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