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1957 Jackie Robinson Signed Letter Regarding Game-Used Cap Request

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,067

One-page typed letter, dated August 12, 1957, signed by Jackie Robinson. In this brief letter, written on Chock Full O' Nuts letterhead, Robinson replies to a fan (Mr. Kenneth E. Crouch) who had requested one of his game-used caps. In full: "Dear Mr. Crouch: I am sorry but I checked and found no caps at all. I sent the one I used last to a fan that requested it some time ago. Sincerely, Jackie Robinson [signed]." Robinson's signature has been flawlessly signed in blue ink, grading "10." What is extremely interesting about this letter, and which must make present-day collectors green with envy, is that it appears all a fan had to do was ask with regard to obtaining a Jackie Robinson game-used item. Unfortunately, as Mr. Crouch learns here, success was simply a matter of timing. First come, first receive. Robinson retired from baseball at the end of the 1956 season and subsequently took a job with Chock Full O' Nuts, a fast-food chain, as vice president and director of personnel. Robinson's decision to work for Chock Full O' Nuts was based largely upon the fact that the company was one of the first to place an emphasis on minority hiring; three quarters of its workforce were black at the time. Robinson stayed with the company for eight years before leaving in 1964 to join the staff of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. The letter (8.25 x 6.5 inches) displays normal mailing folds and is in Excellent to Mint condition. Matted and framed together with a recent print of Robinson to total dimensions of 15 x 25 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,067

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