Ralph Branca Autograph

Ralph Branca was born in 1926 in Mount Vernon, New York. He grew up playing baseball, and by the age of 15, he was scouted by the Brooklyn Dodgers. After serving in World War II, Branca signed with the Dodgers in 1946 and made his debut as a pitcher in 1947. That same year, he became a household name when he faced off against the New York Giants' Bobby Thomson in what would become known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World." In the bottom of the ninth inning of a playoff game, Thomson hit a home run off Branca that secured the Giants' victory and a spot in the World Series. Despite this setback, Branca went on to have a successful 12-year career in the majors, pitching for the Dodgers, Tigers, and Yankees. More about Ralph Branca

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Current items with a signature of Ralph Branca

These are the most current items with a signature of Ralph Branca that were listed on eBay and on other online stores - click here for more items.

Picture Item Title Price Store
thumbnail1991 Topps Archives 1953 #293 Ralph Branca Autographed Card - Detroit Tigers$18.00logo
thumbnailBrooklyn Dodgers Ralph Branca autographed 8x10 photo PSA DNA Certified$14.95logo
thumbnailRalph Branca #3 Art Card Limited 15/50 Edward Vela Signed (Brooklyn Dodgers)$1.99logo
thumbnailRalph Branca (d.2016) Autographed 1952 Topps #274 Signed Card Tough Auto BAS$499.99logo
thumbnailRalph Branca 1954 New York Yankees Signed 8X10 Photo JSA Certified Autograph JB2$24.99logo
thumbnailRalph Branca Cachet Envelope (signed by Branca & Thompson) + Polo Grounds Cachet$5.00logo
thumbnailRalph Branca Signed 5.75x7 Photo with JSA COA$59.99logo
Throughout his career, Branca was known for his strong pitching arm and fierce competitiveness. He was a three-time All-Star and finished in the top ten for the National League Cy Young Award four times. In addition to his standout performances on the mound, Branca was also a vocal advocate for racial and religious equality in baseball. He spoke out against discrimination and was a supporter of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in the major leagues in 1947. Branca was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 and served as the president of the Baseball Assistance Team, a non-profit organization that assists former players in need of medical, financial, or psychological support.

After retiring from baseball in 1959, Branca worked as a stockbroker and later served as a special assistant to the Dodgers' president. He remained active in the baseball world, attending events and staying in touch with his former teammates and rivals. Branca passed away in 2016 at the age of 90, but his legacy as a talented pitcher and a champion of equality in sports lives on. Read even more about Ralph Branca at Wikipedia

Traded items with a signature of Ralph Branca

In total, we tracked 920 items since 01/01/2008. The chart below shows the trade volume over time.

The most expensive item with a signature of Ralph Branca (SIGNED GIANTS JERSEY BY BOBBY THOMSON AND RALPH BRANCA) was sold in August 2010 for $799.00 while the cheapest item (Ralph Branca Famous HR 51 Giants Pitch Signed Card C769) found a new owner for $0.75 in April 2011. The month with the most items sold (16) was November 2016 with an average selling price of $26.00 for an autographed item of Ralph Branca. Sold items reached their highest average selling price in April 2014 with $175.00 and the month that saw the lowest prices with $2.99 was April 2011. In average, an autographed item from Ralph Branca is worth $14.99.

Most recently, these items with a signature of Ralph Branca were sold on eBay - click here for more items.

Picture Item Title Price Store
thumbnail1991 Topps Archives 1953 #293 Ralph Branca Autograph Auto PSA/DNA Baseball Card$39.96logo
thumbnail2001 Topps Ralph Branca Autograph - Ex-Mt$5.16logo
thumbnailRalph Branca 1953 Topps Archives signed auto autographed card Brooklyn Dodgers$10.99logo
thumbnailRalph Branca 1979 Tcma Jsa Coa Hand Signed Authentic Autographed$30.00logo
thumbnailRalph Branca 2001 Team Topps Legends Autograph Brooklyn Dodgers$14.99logo
thumbnailRalph Branca 2001 Topps Team Legends Autograph #TT51RF 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers$19.00logo
thumbnailRALPH BRANCA 2008 TRISTAR SIGNA CUTS CUT AUTOGRAPH AUTO #074/130 BC9155$17.99logo
thumbnailRALPH BRANCA Signed Autograph 8X10 PRINT MATTED & FRAMED BROOKLYN DODGERS$19.99logo
thumbnailSTRAT-O-MATIC Signed Card Ralph Branca 1950 Dodgers$3.85logo

Latest News about Ralph Branca

Jackie Robinson Teammate Ralph Branca Reflects On Anniversary (04/15/13): It was 66 years ago today when Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke Major League Baseball's color barrier.

Ralph Branca recalls friendship with Jackie Robinson (04/11/13): The new movie "42" tells the story of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke baseball's color barrier, to whole new generation. Ralph Branca was Robinson's teammate.

Ralph Branca is new chairman of Staten Island Chamber of Commerce (01/24/13): Branca was among the Chamber's executive and Foundation board members due to take the oath of office, along with its board of directors for 2013 Go to news article

Dodger Ralph Branca Joins Stamford American Party (05/07/12): STAMFORD, Conn. – Brooklyn Dodger legend Ralph Branca led ballplayers young and old in helping to usher a new season in Stamford American Little League Sunday at Caporizzo Field. Branca, 86, tossed out a ceremonial first pitch to Nico Laveris, a player on Instant Replay in ...

Ralph Branca on payback and being Jackie Robinson's friend (04/15/12): By Peter Abraham, Globe Staff Ralph Branca, who threw out the first pitch today, told a great baseball story when...

Older News Stories about Ralph Branca

Ralph Branca, former Brooklyn Dodger pitcher, steals show from Red Sox at charit (01/2012): By JIMMY GOLEN BOSTON — Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and former GM Theo Epstein planned to talk a little baseball and raise a little money for charity. Go to news article

Dorfman: Ralph Branca relives 'The Shot' (09/2011): Became friends with Bobby Thomson Go to news article

Rabbi Joshua Hess: Ralph Branca: A Tale of Two Faiths (08/2011): Ralph Branca, who had a successful but short pitching career as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is mostly remembered as the pitcher who surrendered Bobby Thompson's famous 1951 homer. Go to news article