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    Circa 1955 Jackie Robinson Single Signed Baseball. 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 significance, and it's no stretch to say that Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama would have been impossible without the forward momentum Robinson supplied to the cause of racial equality.

    Nearly lost in the massive shadow of that larger context is the brilliance of the man as a player, a decade of Major League service that matches that of the greatest era of Brooklyn Dodgers history. Among players whose Major League careers began after the Second World War, Robinson's .311 lifetime batting average finds him firmly within the top twenty. Six National League Championships in a ten-season span stands as a record to this day, and will likely endure for eternity.

    This is one of the finest singles we've encountered from the bravest Bum, his blue ink trumpeting, "Best Wishes, Jackie Robinson" with 9/10 strength. The specific format of ONL (Giles) ball dates the sphere between 1952 and 1957, virtually assuring "playing days" vintage, as Robinson would retire after the 1956 World Series. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    May, 2021
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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