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1946-1972 Jackie Robinson Memorabilia and Signature Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $948
This Jackie Robinson collection, spanning the years 1946 to 1972, includes a rare program from his first season in organized baseball in 1946, two items dating from his 1950s barnstorming tours, and a signed letter from 1963. 1) Exceedingly rare 1946 Newark Bears program for a game against Jackie Robinson's Montreal Royals. This is one of only a few programs we have seen from Robinson's historic first season with Montreal in 1946. The preprinted lineup for Montreal lists Robinson playing second base and batting second. The lineup for Newark, which was the Yankees' top farm club, lists Yogi Berra at catcher. Although we do not know exactly which game this program was issued for (it is not scored), we do know that Montreal made three separate trips to Newark during the 1946 season: a four-game series in April, a four-game series in June, and a three-game series in July. The 16-page program (7 x 9.75 inches) has the year "1946" written in pencil on the cover, otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. 2) 1949 Jackie Robinson Barnstorming Tour program. The 12-page program features a photo of Jackie Robinson on the cover, and photos of Robinson, Roy Campanella, Lary Doby, and Don Newcombe on the back cover. The program is partially scored in ink for a game against an unidentified team. The program (8.5 x 11 inches) displays a chip in the lower-right corner of the front cover and is in Very Good condition overall. 3) Full ticket for an exhibition game between the Jackie Robinson All Stars and the Negro American League All Stars at Ruppert Stadium in Newark on October 11, 1951. There is an area of age toning to the right-third portion of the ticket, otherwise in Near Mint condition. 4) One-page typed-signed letter, dated September 3, 1963, signed by Jackie Robinson. In his brief letter, on his personal stationery, Robinson responds in thanks to Joe Reichler of the Associated Press (Reichler later worked as an executive with Major League Baseball) for his kind sentiments in an earlier letter. It is signed simply "Jackie" in blue ink (grading "10"). The letter (8.5 x 7.25 inches, which has a horizontal mailing fold, was previously matted and framed. As such, it displays tape remnants on the reverse and toning to the main body. Ex. Together with the original mailing envelope (9.5 x 4 inches; Vg-Ex). 5) 8-page "In Memoriam" booklet (5.5 x 8.5 inches), dated October 27, 1972, issued for Jackie Robinson's funeral mass at the Riverside Church in New York City. The blue-ink notation "Baseball Love" is written on the front cover. Vg, with a horizontal fold and light stain on the front cover. 6) Preprinted fold-over thank-you card (4.25 x 5.25 inches) sent by the Robinson family to one of the many fans who had previously offered their condolences upon Jackie Robinson's death. Nr-Mt. Together with the original mailing envelope, postmarked December 29, 1972 (Ex-Mt). Total: 6 items. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $948
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