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    Robinson claims the National League MVP!

    1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson #50 PSA Mint 9. Though the brave Robinson battled through the harshest adversity ever faced by a Major League player in winning the 1947 Rookie of the Year Award, his first great season (and arguably his greatest ever) would be posted two years later in 1949. In the spring of that year, the second baseman came under the tutelage of Hall of Famer George Sisler, who taught Jackie to anticipate the fastball when at the plate, and then simply adjust for breaking pitches. "Sisler showed me how to stop lunging," Robinson explained, "how to check my swing until the last fraction of a second."

    The results were striking. Robinson's batting average jumped forty-six points to a National League-best .342. His ratio of walks to strikeouts more than doubled, and he added thirty-nine RBI's to his 1948 total, which, along with his League-leading thirty-seven stolen bases, earned him the 1949 Most Valuable Player Award.

    So Robinson had every reason to smile big on this beautiful Bowman issued at his Hall of Fame zenith, a card that occupies a plateau with just nine others at the highest elevation of the PSA population chart. The issue gained fame and an enormous collecting fanbase for its fearless application of color, and here we see that trait in its fullest effect, each layer perfectly registered and bold to the point of radioactivity.

    The original printing sheet was sliced with an equivalent attention to detail, leaving us with unimprovable centering and corners sharp as razors. Surfaces are entirely immune to the twin plagues of wax and gum stains. If there's a a millimeter's room for improvement, we haven't found it.


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