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Extraordinary 1961 Jackie Robinson Signed Typewritten Letter/Reference to Rickey

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,740.00

This one-page typewritten letter by Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), dated "November 13, 1961," addressed to a "Mr. Carlton Savage" from the "Department of State" in Washington, D.C., reads in full "Dear Mr. Savage: Thank you for your nice letter and invitation. I would be most happy to meet with you on my next visit to Washington if it is convenient for us. I believe Mr. Rickey to be one of the finest Americans we have. His illness, while sad, is understandable. Many thanks again. Sincerely, [signed in blue ballpoint pen] Jackie Robinson" ("9/10"). This is an extraordinary letter by the great Jackie Robinson, specifically referring to Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson to the Dodgers in 1947, as "one of the finest Americans we have." Robinson and Rickey will forever be linked in history for their respective roles in breaking baseball's color barrier, and promoting civil rights in America. This letter is written on stationery from Chock full o'Nuts, where Robinson worked following his playing days. The letter has normal mailing folds and two staple holes in the upper left corner, but otherwise is in Near Mint condition. Blank area trimmed at bottom to its current dimensions of 7.75 x 7.25 inches. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $1,740.00

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