Lot # 67: Extraordinary “1 of 1” 1952 Jackie Robinson Topps #312 (SGC Mint 9) - “1 of 1; Highest Graded SGC Example! No 10’s on the COMBINED SGC & PSA “Pop” Charts!

Category: 1950-1959

Starting Bid: $10,000.00

Bids: 19 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "20th Anniversary Auction",
which ran from 9/18/2020 4:30 PM to
10/10/2020 7:00 PM

(LOT 67)
Extraordinary "1 of 1" 1952 Jackie Robinson Topps (SGC Mint 9) - "1 of 1; Highest Graded SGC Example! No 10's on the COMBINED SGC & PSA "Pop" Charts!

Presented here just happens to be one of the most miraculous "post-WWII" cards extant; a breathtaking SGC Mint 9 1952 Topps #312 High Number Jackie Robinson that just happens to reside as the SOLE and Highest Graded SGC encapsulated example! Absolutely amazing to say the least, even the illustrious PSA "Pop" Chart does not list a single "Gem Mint 10" specimen. When the legendary Topps company issued their iconic 1952 Set, they seemed to save a majority of their "best for last" as the High Number series commenced with the hobby's post-war "Holy Grail" #311 Mickey Mantle subject, immediately followed by the likewise exalted #312 Jackie Robinson marvel.

Immortal Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson may not be the greatest statistical player ever, but his "breaking the Major League baseball color barrier" in 1947 may be most significant occurrence in baseball history. What else can we say about this iconic Cooperstown Inductee that hasn't already been already said? He won an MVP award, led the Dodgers to 6 pennants and a 1955 World Championship, stole bases, hit for average/power, fielded his position flawlessly and was as fiery a competitor the game has ever seen. Yet, for all of his stellar accomplishments, his place in baseball history will forever be correlated with being the inaugural African-American to play Major League baseball. Little did Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson realize that their landmark 1947 signing would forever change America's National Pastime with this dynamic duo etched in the minds and hearts of millions of avid baseball fans.

Jackie Robinson's influence on African-American baseball players is widely considered one of our National Pastime's most significant occurrences, such to the point that his legendary #42 has been officially retired for ALL Major League baseball teams! America's foremost sports personalities including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Joe Jackson, Jim Thorpe, Knute Rockne, Lou Gehrig, Secretariat and Muhammad Ali (just to mention a few) have all been rewarded for their world-class achievements with memorable motion picture movies, so it was no surprise when Hollywood released "42" to commemorate Robinson's indelible mark on baseball. For all these reasons, any early cardboard artifact of the great Robinson is highly sought after by serious enthusiasts, and this 1952 Topps "finest of its kind" SGC Mint 9 Robinson marvel easily resides as one of his most unfathomable cardboard heirlooms.

Robinson's classic "bat over right shoulder" pose provides exceptional contrast and crystal-clear clarity, with his Dodger cap emanating spectacular blue hues. The robust fire-engine red background is virtually immaculate, the corners reflect blistering sharp tips, and the classic Robinson photo is extremely well-centered between four blinding white borders. As meticulous enthusiasts are surely aware of, a majority of 1952 Topps Jackie subjects reveal skewed images, with this near-perfectly centered masterpiece's only diminutive flaw being an "ever so slight" image tilt towards the upper left corner. The final exclamation point is a super clean verso, and most would agree that the breathtaking aesthetics of this "best of the rest" Jackie are arguably the finest you will ever encounter. In closing, synonymous with Robinson's truly unfathomable endeavor to break the baseball "color barrier" is this miraculous "pack-fresh" card that synonymous with Robinson's unparalleled stature, stands tall as the finest SGC example on the planet!

MIN BID $10,000

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