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    1956-58 Jackie Robinson Single Signed Baseball. As this baseball takes it turn upon the hobby's auction block, we find ourselves just over a century and a half since President Lincoln laid ink to the most significant document in our nation's archives for the advancement of racial equality. The fact that a man of African heritage now occupies the home where the Emancipation Proclamation was authored is a testament to how far we've come in this noble cause. Many thousands have struggled and sacrificed in its advancement, most in brave anonymity, but a rare few beneath the scalding spotlight of public recognition--Frederick Douglass, George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

    The man whose autograph adorns the presented sphere likewise deserves his position on that Mount Rushmore of freedom fighters, just as much as the bronze plaque that hangs at Cooperstown. Few pieces we've ever offered serve as well as a tribute to this singularly significant Major Leaguer, his blue ink inscription and autograph surviving at 8/10 boldness. The medium is a lightly and evenly toned Official National League (Giles) baseball with Western League presidential stamping of O'Neal M. Hobbs, whose minor league reign supplies the three-year span of production. Small imperfections in the leather speckle the area of the inscription to little effect, with a few more elsewhere on the ball. Overall it's one of the finest Jackie exemplars we've handled, worthy of inclusion within the finest of private collections. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    Auction Dates
    July, 2015
    30th-31st Thursday-Friday
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