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    1952 Topps Jackie Robinson #312 SGC 88 NM/MT 8. Exhibited is a rare 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson card. When Robinson broke into the Major Leagues in 1947 to become the first African-American player in modern baseball, he was already 28-years-old. Thankfully, he was able to have a superb big league career, but had baseball's unwritten "color line" not prevented him from playing earlier, he could have had a much longer career than his ten years. When this card came out, Robinson was already 33-years-old and in his last year as a regular second baseman. His range was diminishing, and in his final four seasons Robinson primarily played third base and left field. In Robinson's rookie season, he hit .297, stole 29 bases and was the NL Rookie of the Year. His best season was 1949 when Robinson was thirty. He led the league in batting (.342) and stolen bases (39) and won the NL MVP. A Jackie Robinson card is a prized collector's item not only for his outstanding baseball skills, but for his immense contribution to civil rights as a pioneer for social justice even before Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.

    Hall of Famer Robinson hit .311 lifetime, helped the Brooklyn Dodgers to six pennants and in 1955, Brooklyn's only World Series triumph. He also had six All-Star selections, but mere numbers do not do him justice. He had speed, but better than that was his quickness. He was electric as he used his skills as a star running back for the UCLA football team to scramble out of rundowns. He threw fear into opposing batteries, and this resulted in better pitches for the Dodgers batting behind him in the order. Any Robinson card rates importance, and this one is a rarity. Graded SGC NM-MT 8. One of nine graded NM/MT by SGC with a trio rating higher.


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