There are currently no items available for purchase in this Department. Search our Auction Archives below to find item values.
Opening Bid :
Current Bid:
Reserve Amount:

You are the current high bidder on this lot with a secret maximum bid of %bidPretty%.
(%bidBP% w/Buyer's Premium (BP) Buyer's Premium).


Notice: You are the current high bidder on this lot, but the next highest bid is within one increment. That means that any additional bids on this lot will outbid you. To increase your chances of winning, enter your highest maximum bid.

You are the current high bidder on this lot with a secret maximum bid of %bidPretty%.
(%bidBP% w/Buyer's Premium (BP) Buyer's Premium).

You are the current high bidder on this lot.
(Sign-In to see your maximum bid)

Your secret maximum bid of %bidPretty% has been outbid.

Your secret maximum bid of %bidPretty% does not meet the reserve.

(Sign-In to see your maximum bid)

Your secret maximum bid does not meet the reserve.
(Sign-In to see your maximum bid)

Lot
81880

1961 Jackie Robinson Signed Letter to Dodgers General Manager Ending Relationship with the Team....

2013 November 7 - 9 Sports Collectible Catalog Auction - Dallas #7085

Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
Make Offer:

The owner of this Item has been actively participating in the Make Offer to Owner program. Make Offer to Owner
Auction Ended On: Nov 8, 2013
Item Activity: 12 Internet/mail bidders Number of Bidders
938 page views
Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

Description:
1961 Jackie Robinson Signed Letter to Dodgers General Manager Ending Relationship with the Team. "For whatever it is worth, you must know that I have been disappointed because a friendship I once felt has deteriorated," begins an occasionally scathing letter from Robinson to Dodgers general manager Buzzie Bavasi, a lengthy missive typed on two pages of "Chock Full o' Nuts" letterhead, Robinson's post-baseball employer. The post-war game's most significant figure alludes to a frosty relationship with Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley, writing, "It mattered little to me that O'Malley was such a man that he resented anyone having a high regard for another individual because he disliked him. It mattered little to me that it went beyond this even to the extent of resenting my efforts for equality. It did matter to me, Buzzie, that you questioned my integrity and did so to the press."

Finally, Robinson makes the stunning claim that the Dodgers maliciously purged files related to him from their archives, writing, "I felt an organization like yours must be pretty small if records were destroyed because of personality differences. I merely wanted to make it a complete break if this was the desire of the Dodgers organization." As a "Dear John" letter from Robinson to the franchise that saved the soul of the game through their partnership, this rates among the most significant pieces relating to the racial pioneer ever made available to the collecting hobby. Condition is pristine short of original mailing folds, with a 10/10 blue ink "Jackie" at the close. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

View large image(s) of this item

Service and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Find Auction Prices for Comparable Items:

Photographs:
Sign-in or Join (free & quick) to see the full image

FLOOR AUCTIONS View All
Open For Bidding
Coming Soon
HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP
866,352
bidder-members
$937,569,654
sold in the last year
VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 
CONSIGNMENTS WANTED
Consign to the 2014 July 31 - Aug 1 Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction - Cleveland.
Learn About Consigning With Us
The complete end to end" service you provided me was simply unparalleled by anyone in the industry."
[ Entire Letter » ]
Gregg Bingham
HERITAGE VIDEO TUTORIAL
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF SEARCH
VISIT HERITAGE ON THE ROAD
Map of upcoming Heritage events

Heritage Events Calendar

Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo
5/2-4/2014
Pittsburgh XXXVI Sports Card and Memorabilia Show
5/16-18/2014
[ view all events » ]
RECENT AUCTIONS
2014 February 22 - 23 Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction - New York
2014 February 22 - 23 Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction - New York
REALIZED $7,593,822
SPORTS SURVEY
You could win!
Take the Survey