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Rare 1947 Jackie Robinson Pennant and 1950s Don Newcombe Pennant
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,015
Offered here are two vintage Brooklyn Dodgers pennants, each featuring, respectively, one of the club's top players: Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe. Both are exceedingly rare. These two pennants were purchased as souvenirs at Ebbetts Field in the glory days of Brooklyn baseball, and have remained stored away together by the family of the original owner as keepsakes ever since. They have never before been offered. The Robinson pennant has long been hailed as the best of all Jackie Robinson pennants. This multicolor souvenir pennant features Jackie Robinson in a batting pose with the caption "Jackie Robinson 1st Base" across his chest. To the right of the illustration, the pennant reads "Brooklyn Dodgers" in white block lettering. This is widely recognized as the most desirable of all Robinson pennants, not just because of its exceptionally appealing design and rarity, but also because it can be dated to 1947 as that is the only year Robinson played first base for the Dodgers. This is an extremely significant Jackie Robinson display piece dating from his historic first year in the Major Leagues. It is also only the second example we have ever seen in forty years! This is one of the best of all vintage Jackie Robinson display pieces of any type. It is one of the best baseball pennants from any era, and would be a worthy addition and highlight in even the most advanced world-class collection. As a point of reference, REA just recently sold a higher-grade example in our May 2013 auction, where it realized a final sale price of $5,036. The blue-felt pennant (26.75 inches in length) displays moderate crazing to the painted image and letters, as well as three minor vertical creases from the pennant having once been folded. The felt has retained most of its vibrant blue color, with just a hint of fading at the tip. Complete with its original tassels. In Good to Very Good condition overall.
While the Jackie Robinson pennant is obviously a classic, some collectors may find the second pennant just as (or even more) interesting: The Don Newcombe pennant is similar in style, as it features a bust-length illustration of Newcombe, along with his facsimile signature and the team name, "Dodgers," displayed on the left. His name, "Don Newcombe" is printed in white to the right of the illustration. Incredibly, this is the first example of this particular pennant we have ever seen and one that is probably missing from even the most advanced Brooklyn Dodgers collections. Newcombe played with the Dodgers from 1949 through 1957, with this pennant most likely dating from the 1950s. The blue-felt pennant (27 inches in length) displays extremely minor crazing and a few small areas of light discoloration to both the painted illustration and letters. Four vertical creases are also evident from the pennant having once been folded. The felt displays little-to-no fading. Complete with its original tassels. In Very Good condition overall. Total: 2 pennants. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,015
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