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1946-1997 Jackie Robinson Memorabilia Collection Including $5 Gold Commemorative Coin (11)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $830

This collection of Jackie Robinson memorabilia, spanning the years 1946 to 1997, is comprised mainly of publications, including two pieces relating to his cinematic career. 1) Negro Baseball 1946 Yearbook (Sepia Sports Publications). Picture of Robinson on the cover as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. 8.5 x 11 inches. 32 pages. Vg, with a small tear at the top border. 2) September 22, 1947, issue of Time magazine. Portrait of Robinson on the cover. 8.25 x 11 inches. 112 pages. Vg, with remnants of mailing label on cover. 3) 1948 original International News photo. Pictures Robinson shaking hands with Dodgers teammate Ray Sanders during spring training, with Pee Wee Reese looking on. Original paper news caption, dated 3/10/48, attached to the reverse. 8.5 x 6.5 inches. Gd, with a number of large creases. 4) 1948 soft-cover edition of Jackie Robinson - My Own Story, by Jackie Robinson, as told to Wendell Smith (Greenberg, New York, 1948). 5.25 x 7.75 inches. 170 pages. Vg, with creases to both covers. 5) Circa 1949 Jackie Robinson publicity photo or premium. The posed image pictures Robinson turning a double play at second base. His facsimile signature is printed in white in the lower right corner. 8.5 x 11 inches. Gd, with toning and a number of moderate-to-heavy creases throughout. 6) 1949 Jackie Robinson Barnstorming Tour program. Photos of Robinson on the front cover and Robinson, Roy Campanella, Larry Doby, and Don Newcombe on the back cover. Not scored. 12 pages. Gd-Vg, with vertical fold, light stains, and minor creases. 7) May 8, 1950, issue of LIFE magazine. Portrait of Robinson on the cover. 10.5 x 14 inches. 152 pages. Vg, with original mailing label and moderate creases to the covers. 8) 1950 The Jackie Robinson Show promotional brochure. The cover photo of the large-format fold-over brochure pictures Robinson stealing home, with the text reading "It's A Steal." This brochure (8.25 x 11 inches) was sent by ABC to prospective sponsors of The Jackie Robinson Show, a fifteen-minute radio program airing each Sunday night on ABC affiliates across the country. Included with the brochure is a second, smaller fold-over brochure (8.25 x 6.75 inches) highlighting a recent article printed in Time magazine that gave the program a glowing revue, plus three typewritten pages (8.5 x 11; folded as issued) listing current sponsors and the format instructions for each local affiliate. Both brochures display a paperclip impression (some discoloration) along their top borders, otherwise Ex. The typewritten pages remain in Near Mint condition. 9) 1950 press book issued for the 1950 Eagle Lions Film release The Jackie Robinson Story. The large-format (11.25 x 17.5 inches) 20-page press book, issued by Eagle Lion Films, features all of the many advertisements, products, and various movie posters available to local theater owners in promotion of the film. Both the front and back covers fold out. Vg, with partial separation along the spine and a number of small tears. 10) Theater program issued for the 1950 Eagle Lion Films release The Jackie Robinson Story. The 16-page program features a biography of Jackie Robinson, as well as numerous stills from the film. 9 x 12 inches. Vg-Ex, with light creases to the covers. 11) 1997 Jackie Robinson uncirculated $5 gold commemorative coin. This is one of the modern classics in the field of coin collecting. According to the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) website, it is also one of the rarest of modern issues:

Mintage figures often play a significant role in numismatics and often have a major influence on a coin's value. A general rule is that as the mintage goes lower, the value goes higher. A great illustration of this rule is the Uncirculated 1997 Jackie Robinson $5 gold commemorative. Boasting a total mintage of a mere 5,174 pieces, this is the lowest-mintage U.S commemorative produced since 1982. Because of its low mintage, the Jackie Robinson commemorative is also the most valuable of any modern commemorative coin.

The coin is housed in its original wood presentation case (as issued by the United States Mint) that also includes a commemorative 1997 Topps Jackie Robinson baseball card and Jackie Robinson 50th anniversary pin. All of the pieces, including the presentation case (7.75 x 5.25 x 1.75 inches), remain in Mint condition. The original blue box housing the wooden presentation case displays moderate handling wear and is Vg-Ex. Total: 11 items. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $830

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