Lot # 538: Outstanding 1952 Topps #312 Jackie Robinson High-Number - PSA 5 EX

Category: 1950-1959

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

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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 538)
Outstanding 1952 Topps #312 Jackie Robinson High-Number - PSA 5 EX

Presented here happens to be one of the most significant "post-WWII" cards extant; a stellar PSA 5 EX #312 High Number Jackie Robinson memento. Always a collector favorite, over the past 12-15 months, Jackie's 1952 Topps subject has skyrocketed in value, with two separate PSA 9 examples fetching nearly $1 million in 2021! When the legendary Topps company issued their landmark 1952 set, they saved their best for last, as the "high number" series commenced with the hobby's post-war "Holy Grail" #311 Mickey Mantle subject that was immediately followed by the likewise exalted #312 Jackie Robinson. However, due to a truckload full of high-numbered cases being dumped into the Hudson River, the iconic legacy and scarcity of the '52 Topps high-numbered series was officially born. What else can we say about the legendary Jackie Robinson that hasn't already been already said? He won an MVP award, led the Dodgers to six 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 solidified 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. For all these reasons, any early cardboard artifact of the great Robinson is highly sought-after by serious enthusiasts, and this 1952 Topps PSA 5 marvel depicting aesthetics beyond its technical assessment resides as one of Jackie's momentous cardboard heirlooms. Robinson's classic "bat over right shoulder" pose depicts crystal-clear clarity, with his Dodger cap emanating spectacular blue hues. A rouge print defect is situated along the top of his cap, the corners reveal an eye pleasing even wear consistent with the grade, and no glaring surface flaws are evident. The robust fire-engine red background is spellbinding to say the least, and the image portrays atypical fine centering, only reflecting a trace of favoritism towards the lower edge. The aforementioned pricing points clearly substantiate the notion that the 1952 Topps #312 "high-number" Robinson stands tall alongside his 1948 Leaf cardboard peer as one of his two most noteworthy issues, and this outstanding PSA 5 heirloom truly merits serious attention from any sophisticated enthusiast!

MIN BID $5,000

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