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Jackie Robinson Single-Signed Ball
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,251.50
Store-model baseball, manufactured by "Skars," signed by Jackie Robinson on a side panel. Robinson has inscribed the ball in black ink, "Best Wishes/Jackie Robinson," with the signature grading "6/7." Jackie Robinson’s ability on the field notwithstanding, he is also one of the most important figures of the twentieth century due to his breaking of baseball’s color barrier in 1947. That courageous feat not only paved the way for full integration over the next few years but also signaled a turning point with regard to racial equality in American society. Jackie Robinson single-signed balls rank among the most desirable of all postwar Hall of Famer signed balls, and, like those of Babe Ruth, are among the few with a significance that transcends the world of sport. Though Robinson died in 1971 and Ruth in 1948, Robinson received far fewer requests for his signature alone on a ball, and baseballs single-signed by him are actually considerably rarer, by quite a large margin, than those of Ruth. The ball displays a number of moderate-to-heavy abrasions throughout which have obscured most of the manufacturer's stampings. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,251.50
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