1952 Topps Set
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/22/2008
If Babe Ruth is the cornerstone of our National Pastime, Jackie Robinson cannot be too far behind. Defying what was believed to be insurmountable odds, in 1947 Jackie broke baseball’s ‘color barrier’ and became the first African American to play major league baseball. Considering that previous black baseball legends such as Rube Foster, Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige all fell short of this accomplishment (after Robinson, Paige did eventually play major league baseball), we cannot over emphasize the significance of this achievement. Almost sad to say, this will always be Robinson’s key link to baseball immortality, far surpassing his HOF on the field credentials (sort of similar to Lou Gehrig’s illness exceeding his hitting records in popularity). Robinson ended his brilliant major league career with a .311 batting average, rookie of the year and MVP honors, a batting title, and most significant, led the Brooklyn Dodgers to their first World Championship in 1955. All of these accomplishments have always made his 1952 Topps rookie card one of the most desirable Robinson artifacts to own.
Card Qualities – To date, approximately 500 Jackie Robinsons have been encapsulated by PSA and only 10 have been graded higher than this PSA 8 beauty! A dominating fire red background provides the perfect backdrop to a classic Jackie portrait photo that depicts perfect registration. The snow white borders are centered 55/45 side to side and approx. 35/65 top to bottom, framed by straight edges and absolutely pinpoint corners. The red back reflects fine print registration and no surface blemishes are evident. Overall aesthetics are magnificent for this timeless classic with a fresh ‘out-of-the-pack’ presentation. Don’t hesitate a moment in bidding strong on one of Jackie’s most coveted memorabilia gems!
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