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    1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson #50 SGC 96 Mint 9 - Pop Three, One Higher. While it's no groundbreaking statement to express that prejudice is most fundamentally rooted in ignorance, it's important that we clarify that term. The enormous strides made in American racial equality in the past seven decades are not due to the white majority becoming more intelligent, but rather more familiar with our fellow citizens of African descent. Human nature instructs us to fear, to condemn, that which we do not understand, and the racial divisions in this nation had, since colonial times, been absolute. Jackie 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. Robinson's batting average jumped forty-six points to a National League-best .342 that year. 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, earning him the 1949 Most Valuable Player Award. This distinctive issue has long been a favorite among collectors, who love the bold, unassuming design that harkens back to a simpler time. These cards are tough to come by, especially stars, matching this quality. Graded SGC 96 Mint 9, this card is one of three at this grade level with none recorded higher. Not surprising is the fact that 99% percent of the over 250 Jackie Robinson cards submitted to SGC have graded below this condition rarity. This 65-year old gem displays precise centering, four high quality corners, perfect registration and phenomenal color, a combination every collector desires and one that is close to impossible to duplicate. An absolute head-turning beauty that has somehow missed the passage of time.

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    November, 2014
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