Extremely Rare 1949 Jackie Robinson "Tells His Story in the Brooklyn Eagle" Pin

Sold For: $1,680

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1749

Item Year: 1949

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Presented is one of the rarest and most sought-after of all baseball pinbacks: The 1949 Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Eagle advertising pin. Only approximately six examples are known to exist. In addition to being a remarkable rarity, it is the most desirable of all Jackie Robinson pins (a very popular area of baseball pinback collecting). It is also very unusual among Jackie Robinson pins as it is an advertising pinback, as opposed to being a souvenir stadium pin. This pin dates to the late 1940s, shortly after Jackie Robinson's historic 1947 major league debut. The Brooklyn Eagle was a very prominent Brooklyn newspaper, and Robinson's story (which naturally was of great interest in Brooklyn) was featured in a series of articles. The pin features a portrait image of Robinson as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, with the black lettering along the top and bottom reading, respectively, "Jackie Robinson Tells His Story - In the Brooklyn Eagle." Produced by Samuel H. Moss of New York, as noted on the underside of the curl. The letter "N" appears below Robinson's image and this letter was related to another promotional aspect of the pin. Pins were distributed with different letters in Robinson's name, and eventually kids could collect a set that would spell out Jackie Robinson. This is the first "N" pin we have ever seen (most have a "J"), which only accentuates its great rarity. This is an extraordinary pin on many counts and is among the best of all baseball advertising celluoids from any era. It is also only the second example we have ever offered. The pin (1.5 inches in diameter) has normal oxidation on the reverse. In Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.

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