1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson "Leaping, No Scoreboard" (1948 Distribution) PSA 5 EX – "POP 3"; Only a SOLE PSA Example Graded Higher!
All 13 subjects from the Jackie Robinson Bond Bread set were distributed over a three-year period from 1947 – 1949. While all 13 cards are labeled as "1947" by both PSA and SGC, in reality, the only documented 1947 subject is the Portrait-Facsimile Autograph subject that stands as Jackie's true rookie card. The distribution for the remaining 12 cards via a Homogenized Bond bread loaf were evenly split, with six subjects issued in 1948 (Spring/early Summer) and the remaining six cards released in the late Summer of 1949. Distinguishing the two distribution years (1948 vs. 1949) are the different ad backs, with the versos of the six 1949 subjects revealing a Jackie portrait image not included on the 1948 versions. Presented here is one of the rarest of all 13 subjects, a spectacular PSA 5 EX "Leaping, No Scoreboard" version that along with two other examples, has been bested by a sole PSA copy!
Coming off of his "Rookie of the Year" campaign, Robinson's sophomore season would see the Brooklyn star play a majority of his games at second base, with the fleet-footed legend posting a solid .297 batting average while stealing 22 bases and knocking in 85 runs. His ultra-obscure fielding pose is absolutely stunning, showcasing Jackie's incredible athleticism as he leaps in "Jordanesque" style to snare a batted ball. Impeccable clarity and contrast highlight the extremely well-centered image, and no obtrusive surface flaws are evident. The final compliment is the desirable 1948 ad back including a Homogenized Bond Bread Loaf image, a facsimile "Jackie Robinson" autograph and the following Jackie promotional quote: "HOMOGENIZED BOND MAKES A HIT WITH ME EVERY TIME." A definitive 1948 Jackie rookie-era card depicting a legendary fielding pose, its undisputed rarity is documented by PSA only listing a paltry 12 examples for all grades!
MIN BID $1,000