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    Originally acquired from the Robinson family archives!

    1955-56 Jackie Robinson Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9.
    He entered the Major Leagues as the most famous rookie in the history of American sports, but as the sun began to set upon his historic career, the narrative had shifted from brave pioneer to just one of the beloved Bums. Having begun his Dodgers tenure at the advanced age of twenty-eight, Robinson was one of the game's elder statesman as he approached the tenth anniversary of his groundbreaking debut, but still an integral part of the National League dominance that the team had enjoyed since his arrival.

    The two-season production span of the provided Hillerich & Bradsby signature model R115 assures a profound degree of elite historical significance. The 1955 season, of course, marked the sole World Championship celebrated in the long-suffering borough of Brooklyn. The Bums would reclaim the pennant in 1956, but Robinson would exit the sport forever following a Game Seven loss in the World Series, departing Ebbets Field and a sport far nobler than the one he'd joined.

    The thirty-five-inch (35") war club exhibits game use characterized as "moderate" by the experts at PSA/DNA, who reference ball marks, red rack streaks and a professionally repaired chip on the knob where Robinson's immortal number "42" appears in black paint. Weight is a shade over thirty-five ounces (35.1 oz.), perfectly matching factory ordering records.

    The PSA/DNA goes on to report that the bat emerged from the Robinson family archives in the late 1980's, a fact substantiated by a letter of provenance from hobby legend Josh Evans, who acquired the bat personally from Robinson's widow Rachel. It's certainly one of the finest Robinson bats in private hands.

    It was just nine months ago that the highest price ever realized for a Jackie Robinson artifact--his only known Brooklyn Dodgers rookie jersey--was recorded in a Heritage auction. That garment drew a winning bid north of $2 million, more than quadrupling the standing record of $478,000 commanded by Heritage in August 2016 for Jackie's only confirmed rookie bat. This special relic from the opposite end of Robinson's historic career should find considerable interest among the same bidding pool, so we can expect some dramatic fireworks when the bidding enters its final phase. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9. Letter of provenance from Josh Evans.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
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