Lot # 532: 1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Rookie PSA 6 EX-MT

Category: 1940-1949

Starting Bid: $17,500.00

Bids: 10 (Bid History)

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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 532)
1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Rookie PSA 6 EX-MT

JACKIE ROOKIE!!! Legendary Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson may not be the greatest statistical player ever, but his breaking of the MLB color barrier in 1947 may be most significant occurrence in our National Pastime's glorious history! Hobby enthusiasts scramble to collect Jackie's high-end baseball cards, and one of them is offered here, his 1948 Leaf rookie card in an outstanding PSA 6 EX-MT holder. Little did Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson realize that their landmark 1947 signing would forever change America's favorite pastime, with this dynamic duo etched in the minds and hearts of millions of avid baseball enthusiasts. Jackie Robinson's influence on African American baseball players is widely considered one of the game's iconic occurrences, to the point at which his uniform number 42 was officially retired by ALL Major League Baseball teams. America's foremost sports personalities such as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Joe Jackson, Jim Thorpe, Knute Rockne, Lou Gehrig, Secretariat and Muhammad Ali have all been rewarded for their world-class achievements with memorable motion picture movies, so it was no surprise when in 2013 Hollywood produced the major motion picture "42" commemorating Robinson's indelible stamp on baseball.

For all these reasons, any early cardboard artifact of the great Robinson is highly sought-after by serious enthusiasts, and this '48 Leaf Rookie marvel easily stands as his most treasured cardboard keepsake. Robinson's classic portrait pose provides exceptional resolution and contrast, with his Dodger cap emanating a spectacular blue hue. Almost sad to say, Robinson's remarkable batting, base-running and fielding skill sets simply get lost in the shuffle due to his "god-like" stature as our MLB's inaugural African-American player. Indeed, his iconic standing stems from the embodiment of courage he displayed when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, breaking baseball's "color-barrier" that had unjustly suppressed a myriad of talented African-American ballplayers for 75+ years. Simply stated, his legendary status extends far beyond the game, for his unbridled bravery ultimately supported the justified notion that "all men are created equal", with his immortal stature a sheer testament to the proud foundation America was soundly built upon.

MIN BID $17,500

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