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    The only Dodgers/Robinson contract ever to appear at auction!

    1949 Jackie Robinson Signed Brooklyn Dodgers Contract, National League MVP Season!
    Though the brave 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. In the spring of that year, the second baseman came under the tutelage of Hall of Famer George Sisler, who taught Jackie to anticipate the fastball when at the plate, and then simply adjust for breaking pitches. "Sisler showed me how to stop lunging," Robinson explained, "how to check my swing until the last fraction of a second."

    The results were striking. Robinson's batting average jumped forty-six points to a National League-best .342. 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, earned him the 1949 Most Valuable Player Award.

    Presented is the 1949 covenant that prolonged the fruitful partnership between the bravest man and franchise in baseball respectively, setting the course for an enormously consequential season at Ebbets that would include the first All-Star Game to feature African-American participants, and the second of six National League Championships they'd share.

    We're aware of only one other Robinson/Dodgers contract in private hands, his 1947 rookie model. It is a document of extraordinary importance, of course, but its eight-figure asking price eliminates all but the wealthiest of collectors from contention for ownership, leaving this as the sole reasonable option for many.

    The condition is spectacular, the four-page document presenting no condition issues beyond original storage folds, and the black fountain pen signatures on page three from "Jack R. Robinson" and "Branch Rickey" each grading a bona fide 10/10.

    Heritage Auctions recorded one of the highest prices ever paid for an article of sports memorabilia just a few months ago, when the only known example of a 1947 Jackie Robinson rookie jersey commanded a winning bid of $2.05 million. It was as clear an indication as any of the reverence this brave and brilliant athlete continues to enjoy seven decades after he changed the game. Certainly this special offering inhabits the same rarefied air as one of the most historically important sports artifacts available to the collecting public. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from SGC.


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    February, 2018
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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