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Pair of Early Jackie Robinson Souvenir Pieces
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $296.25
Two desirable and early Jackie Robinson pieces dating from the era of his historic 1947 debut. 1) 1947 Baseball's Beloved Bums by Joe Hasel. This publication, which in content and design is a 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers yearbook, features photos of each team member, as well as articles, statistics, and historical facts related to the club. What makes it all the more desirable today is a special insert sheet (which, it should be noted, is often not included) picturing Jackie Robinson. This yearbook was originally published prior to Jackie Robinson's signing with the Dodgers. To rectify the problem, the publishers hastily added a glossy-stock insert page, featuring a photo and short biography of Robinson, to be included with later shipments. The offered example is one of those later-shipped editions and includes the special Robinson insert. The eighty-page publication (9 x 12 inches) displays light wear and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The insert displays light foxing, a few minor creases, and a few small tears along the top. 2) Early 1950s Jackie Robinson daily dime bank. The colorful bank features an illustration of Jackie Robinson in a batting pose on the top, and encourages kids to "Save and Win with Jackie Robinson Daily Dime Register Bank." The bank received dimes in its side slot, with a dial on the front recording the date and cumulative amount of coins deposited. A panel on the bottom reads "Press Down at $5.00" (which was the savings goal and probably the bank's capacity). These type of banks were very popular at the time and featured various illustrations to entice kids to save. Today, the Jackie Robinson version is still one of the most sought-after examples by both bank and baseball collectors. The all-metal bank (2.5 x 2.5 x .5 inches) displays light wear, including a few light scratches, and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 2 items (magazine and bank). Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $296.25
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