Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Of the 1,047 examples graded by PSA to date, only seventeen have been graded higher. Stunning high-grade 1949 Bowman example of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. This is one of Robinson’s most striking and popular cards, and one of the great classics of all postwar bubble-gum cards. 1949 Bowmans have always posed a problem for condition-conscious collectors. In addition to the many normal problems encountered with this issue (excessive toning, general wear from fragile paper stock, soft corners, centering issues, and print lines), collectors also have to deal with the wildly varying degrees of print quality that characterize the set. It is easy to see why 1949 Bowmans are one of the most difficult of all issues to collect in high grade. The offered example has a perfectly crisp image, with flawless registration, vibrant colors, and centered very slightly towards the top left. Entirely clean front and back, with strong corners (displaying only tiny hints of wear at the tips). The portrait of Jackie practically jumps off the flawless bold, red background. Pack-fresh, crisp, high-grade example of one of Robinson’s most classic cards, worthy of the finest 1949 Bowman set, Jackie Robinson, or classic-card collection. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+.
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