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    One of only two Mint 9 examples, none finer!

    1960's Jackie Robinson Single Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA Mint 9.
    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.

    We offer this prelude in order to illustrate just how substantial and essential were the contributions of Jackie Robinson. That he forever changed the character of our National Pastime for the better is self-evident, but overly simplistic. Even in the (relative to the vast majority of the United States) racially diverse borough of Brooklyn, Jackie Robinson would be for thousands the first black man that they considered "one of us." They cheered for him. They loved him. Some of the boys in the stands at Ebbets would march as men in Selma because their hearts and minds had been opened during warm summer afternoons in Flatbush. In short, Jackie Robinson was baseball's greatest gift to the soul of our nation, and arguably the most significant figure in the history of American sports.

    We've offered few finer tributes to that heroic figure in our nation's history than the one listed here, a baseball that joins just one other at the top of the PSA/DNA population charts, with none ever grading higher. Those experts assess the "Best Wishes, Jackie Robinson" inscription at 9/10, with the full-sized "Little League" baseball just a point lower at 8/10. A half-point bonus for the enormous aesthetic strength results in that "finest known" rating. An investment-caliber example of a true hobby essential. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, Mint 9. Full Grading LOA from SGC, Auto Grade 9.


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    February, 2018
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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