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    1949 Bowman Roy Campanella #84 PSA Mint 9 - Only Two Higher. There's a poignant irony about Hall of Famer Roy Campanella having a 1949 rookie card. Unlike other great Negro League catchers like Josh Gibson and Biz Mackey, who never had a chance in Major League baseball, Roy Campanella did get that chance; but not until he was 26-years-old, and he had begun catching professionally since he was only 15. Roy grew up in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia and played ball relentlessly. Hall of Fame catcher Biz Mackey discovered Roy and made an arrangement with Roy's parents that Roy could play with the Washington (later Baltimore) Elite Giants, managed by Mackey, at first on week-ends. Mackey poured his veteran's knowledge into his protégé's head. After playing in Mexico and the Caribbean, as well with the Elite Giants, Roy signed, soon after Jackie Robinson, to play with the Brooklyn Dodger organization. After two minor league seasons, he made his Major League debut in 1948. Roy later became the first-string catcher and handled the Dodger pitchers, not easy when some white pitchers of the time might resent taking orders from an African-American man. Roy handled it with aplomb. Campy won three MVPs, and helped the Brooklyn Dodgers to their lone World Series win in 1955.

    Graded PSA Mint 9. One of eighteen graded MINT with two rated higher. Colors are deep, rich and supple. The surrounding border is off by maybe a thick hairline away from perfection, surfaces are blemish-free. Great opportunity to add this iconic Hall of Fame Brooklyn Dodger to your collection.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $60,000 - up.

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