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    1938 Jackie Robinson Signed College Yearbook. While Robinson's Hall of Fame skills on the diamond were undeniable, this fact figured only partially into Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey's decision to choose him from the long list of worthy Negro Leaguers as the first barrier buster. Rickey knew he needed a candidate with more than just world class talent, but also one with intelligence, education and refinement. Nobody without these traits could possibly have stood what he knew was to come. "We can win," Rickey told Robinson, "only if we can convince the world that I'm doing this because you're a great ballplayer, a fine gentleman." So it certainly is no stretch to say that Robinson's appearance in the offered publication, a yearbook issued to students at Pasadena Junior College in 1938, represents a very noteworthy milestone in baseball history, as his college education set him apart from the vast majority of the era's top black contenders. This copy is particularly special due to the image of Robinson on page 119 as a member of the football team, across which is inked one of the earliest available examples of this hero's writing. It reads, in 10/10 ink, "Loads of luck and happiness to one swell guy, Jackie Robinson." The book itself, once belonging to a classmate of Jackie's, and filled with inscriptions from dozens of friends, is a bit loose at the spine but all interior pages present as NRMT. An intriguing relic dating from the calm before the historic storm. LOA from PSA/DNA & JSA.

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