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Circa 1950 Jackie Robinson Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,293
Cambridge "Major League" ball inscribed by Jackie Robinson in black ink on a side panel, "To Lester/from/Jackie Robinson." Both the text and signature grade "5/6." Consigned directly from the heart of Brooklyn! This ball has been a keepsake of the Brooklyn family of our consignor for decades, and was personally obtained and saved by Lester (a family member who lived a long life and passed away just a few years ago). Lester was not a collector but was a Brooklyn resident and fan who appreciated personally meeting Jackie Robinson, and for decades guarded this prized souvenir of his meeting. This is a very early Robinson signature example and it is a virtual certainty that it dates to the active playing career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s (or late 1940s). Jackie Robinson's ability on the field notwithstanding, he is also one of the most important figures of the twentieth century due to his breaking of baseball's color barrier in 1947. That feat not only paved the way for full integration over the next few years but also signaled a turning point with regard to racial equality in American society. Vintage single-signed Jackie Robinson balls such as this example are extremely rare and among the most desirable of all postwar Hall of Famer signed balls. The ball is moderately soiled, displaying a few small stains and a number of tiny abrasions, none of which affect the signature. In Good to Very Good condition. Displays beautifully. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,293
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