Lot # 1: Spectacular Jackie Robinson Single-Signed Official N.L. Ford Frick Baseball – PSA 8 NM-MT Autograph; Full PSA LOA

Category: Signed Balls

Starting Bid: $10,000.00

Bids: 14 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring '23 Rarities Auction",
which ran from 4/13/2023 9:00 AM to
5/6/2023 7:00 PM

(LOT 1)
Spectacular Jackie Robinson Single-Signed Official N.L. Ford Frick Baseball – PSA 8 NM-MT Autograph; Full PSA LOA

SINGLE-SIGNED JACKIE BALL!!!... Two of the most coveted single-signed baseballs are those representing Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, with these baseball icons dominating the illustrious memorabilia hobby at an unparalleled level. Regarding the immortal Robinson, his remarkable batting, base-running and fielding skill sets simply get lost in the shuffle due to his god-like stature as our National Pastime's inaugural African-American player. A spectacular second baseman, he could hit for average and power, and unquestionably stands as one of the finest base-runners in baseball history.

He captured the Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, a National League MVP Award in 1949, and led Brooklyn to their inaugural World Championship in 1955. Yet, 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 a seemingly infinite amount of time. No wonder MLB baseball decided to retire his legendry #42 number for all MLB teams, and it comes as little surprise that the most esteemed enthusiasts painstakingly seek his most desirable collectibles. Few of Robinson's exalted heirlooms could possibly surpass the prestige of an awe-inspiring scripted baseball with some of the finest preserved single-signed specimens fetching north of $150K.

Presented here just happens to be a breathtaking SINGLE-SIGNED Jackie Robinson horsehide sphere residing as one of the hobby's finest known aesthetically pleasing examples. It proudly boasts a seldom surfacing PSA 8 NM-MT "Best Wishes - Jackie Robinson" autograph affixed to a ball that has remained in excellent condition over the past 50-75 years. Scripted on an obscure Official National League Ford Frick baseball, this particular style ball was available between 1934 and 1951, the 18-year period that Frick was president of the National League (he then became baseball's commissioner from 1951-1965). The bold blue ink "Best Wishes – Jackie Robinson" signature is situated on the panel directly above the "National League Ford Frick Pres." logo, with Jackie typically choosing an area near a panel's closed horseshoe-shaped stitching to pen his hallowed name, rather than the common sweet spot.

This particular autograph pops in robust fashion, literally jumping off the baseball in a manner rarely seen on any signed Robinson ball. The baseball itself portrays fine EX+ eye appeal, reflecting tight red stitching, completely intact black ink stampings, and some scattered toning on a majority of the horsehide panels. Extraordinary to say the least, its overall eye appeal is enthralling, standing as a perfect testament for this giant of a man who turned the baseball world upside down via his 1947 signing with the Dodgers. A world-class collectible boasting captivating visual appeal, its ultra-bold PSA 8 Jackie Robinson autograph stands as a beacon of light for the collecting community, and a steadfast reminder of Robinson's miraculous qualities surely to echo for eternity!

MIN BID $10,000

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