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Auction Name: 2021 November 18 - 20 Fall Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction

Lot Number: 56435

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1948-49 Leaf Jackie Robinson Rookie #79 SGC NM+ 7.5. The chicanery inherent in its customary "skip-numbering" ploy aside, Chicago's Leaf Gum Company gave its customers the best-of-the-best in player selection for its baseball series of 1948-49. Well-known diamond personages abound in the issue - which harbors such universally revered heroes as Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial and Ted Williams, for example, along with retrospectives of Ruth and Wagner - and, fittingly, Leaf made room for an especially important entry: the Brooklyn Dodgers' groundbreaking young infielder, Jackie Robinson.

It was a departure from the time's prevailing standard, as collectors - for the first time - eagerly anticipated pulling a star card that featured an African-American from their bubblegum packs. The future Hall of Famer was to reward their excitement on an almost daily basis through an accomplished tenure in the big leagues, and he would build upon those thrills in later years by acting as an unfailingly gracious ambassador for his sport and his community. Jackie's contributions to the game were inspiring beyond description, and a rookie Robinson collectible of the quality offered here stays true to that soaring spirit. Graded SGC NM+ 7.5. One of thirteen graded NM+ with twenty-seven higher.

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