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    1952 Topps Jackie Robinson #312 PSA Mint 9--No Superior Examples! On Jackie Robinson's tombstone in Brooklyn's Cypress Hills Cemetery, just five miles from where Ebbets Field once stood, these words are engraved: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." By that metric, no athlete in American sporting history is more important than the man who took the dangerous first step across baseball's shameful color line. Though Ruth and Cobb may stand taller in the sport's pantheon, from a purely sociological standpoint Robinson has no challenger in regards to the cause of racial equality.

    Of course, supreme baseball abilities would be required for the first black ballplayer in the Majors to be accepted as legitimate, and Robinson served that up each of his ten seasons in Brooklyn, winning the 1947 Rookie of the Year, the 1949 National League MVP, six pennants and a World Championship. He'd lead the Senior Circuit in on-base percentage the year this historic debut Topps issue was cracked from a wax pack, a key data point in Brooklyn's dominance of the National League.

    The offered cardboard artifact provides its own impressive stats as one of just eleven examples to claim the pinnacle of the PSA population. This pack-fresh beauty serves up more than just sharp corners and silky gloss, adding solid centering and clean surfaces to the mix. A spectacular investment piece that pairs the Majors' first black player with Topps' first great issue.


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    May, 2021
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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