Lot # 525: 1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson “Sliding” (1949 Distribution) PSA 3 VG

Category: 1940-1949

Starting Bid: $750.00

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Item was in Auction "Spring Rarities 2022",
which ran from 4/29/2022 4:00 PM to
5/21/2022 7:00 PM




(LOT 525)
1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson "Sliding" (1949 Distribution) PSA 3 VG

From 1947 – 1949, the Bond Bread Bakery manufacturer distributed 13 Jackie Robinson cards. While all 13 subjects 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 those 1949 issued cards, a PSA 3 VG "Sliding" subject that offers a unique Robinson illustration not utilized on any other card. By 1949, Robinson had established himself as one of baseball's premier players, and the '49 campaign would ultimately be his finest season with Jackie claiming the N.L. MVP Award via his league leading .342 batting average and 37 stolen bases.

He would add 203 total hits, 16 homers, 12 triples, 122 runs scored and 124 R.B.I.'s to his impressive resume, rightfully dubbed as the league's best player. This super obscure sliding pose reveals Jackie showcasing his unparalleled baserunning skills as he strikes up a cloud of dust in front of the base umpire. The well centered pose has eluded any glaring flaws, with modest corner wear, some surface soiling and faint wrinkles accounting for the assessment. The 1949 distribution year is validated by the third ad-back variation that includes a Robinson portrait image and a different Jackie quote followed by his facsimile autograph: "MY FAVORITE 'AT HOME' PLATE IS THAT GOOD BOND BREAD. IT TASTES GRAND AND PACKS LOTS OF ENERGY!". A true 1949 Jackie rookie-era card issued during his only MVP campaign, its sheer existence conjures up memories of the iconic Robinson who forever changed the face of our National Pastime!

MIN BID $750
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