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1950 Jackie Robinson Doll in Original Box with Jacket, Bat, and Tag
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,185
Jackie Robinson doll (manufactured in 1950 by the Allied-Grand Doll Mfg. Co., Inc., of Brooklyn, New York), complete with its exceedingly rare original box and a number of rare accessories. This has always been one of our favorite Jackie Robinson items. While the Jackie Robinson doll is well known to most collectors, it is seldom, if ever, found together with its original box and advertising tag. We cannot recall having seen more than three or four Jackie Robinson dolls accompanied by the original box at public auction, and this is the first example we have ever offered! The design of the box (15 x 15 x 4 inches) features a photo of Robinson on the lid, with images of him in both a batting and fielding pose displayed on opposite side panels. The text between his two images on the side panels reveals the contents: "Play Ball with Jackie - His Bat, Windbreaker, and Baseball Game and Jackie's Rise to Fame Booklet." The other two side panels are lettered "The Jackie Robinson Doll - The Most Valuable Player in the National League." Nearly as rare as the box are the doll's original accessories, most of which are included here. The doll comes with its hat, shoes, wind breaker, wood bat (with Robinson's facsimile signature), and hang tag (in the design of a baseball glove with Robinson's portrait in the center. Of the accessories, the bat (Vg) and hang tag (Ex) are by far the most elusive. It is understandable that the tag would rarely survive, but for some reason, the original bat is also often lost. The box displays heavy wear, including a number of moderate-to-heavy creases, including a number of tears to the side panels of the bottom base. However, all of the side panels on the base, as well as the lid flaps, are present, and, even more remarkable, the original cellophane covering remains completely intact. In Good condition overall. The doll (13 inches high) displays crazing to the painted surfaces, including flaking of the paint on the top of the head, and the head is detached from the body. The numeral "4" on the reverse of the jersey is no longer present. The hat and wind breaker are heavily faded, but otherwise intact. Without reference to the detached head, the doll is in overall Good to Very Good condition. It must be noted that nearly all of the flaws cited for the doll are common to nearly every surviving example and, of all the components offered here, the doll is the one that can be most easily replaced if so desired. Opportunities to acquire the Jackie Robinson doll in its original box, along with many of its scarce accessories, are few and far between. This is a fine representative example, in complete condition (with no missing pieces), and one that would be a significant addition to any advanced Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers, or doll collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,185
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