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1950 Jackie Robinson Doll with Choice Original Box
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,185
Jackie Robinson doll (manufactured in 1950 by the Allied-Grand Doll Mfg. Co., Inc., of Brooklyn, New York), complete with its rare original box. This has always been one of our favorite Jackie Robinson items. While the Jackie Robinson doll is well known to most collectors, it is seldom, if ever, found together with its original box. This particular box is especially noteworthy for its remarkable state of preservation and represents the finest example we have ever offered. The design of the box (4.75 x 3.5 x 13.5 inches) features two different full-length photos of Robinson: a batting pose on the front and a fielding pose on the reverse. The two side panels are identical in design, picturing an illustration of a baseball bat and the text "The Jackie Robinson Doll - The Most Valuable Player in the National League" (Robinson won the MVP Award in 1949, which dates the piece to the following year). Aside from a missing fold-in flap on the top lid, the box displays only light-to-moderate wear, including a few creases, and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. We cannot emphasize enough that this box is far superior to nearly all extant examples (the vast majority of which display serious tears and missing flaps) and would represent a substantial upgrade for most collectors. The doll (13 inches high) displays significant crazing to all the painted surfaces, including flaking of the paint on most areas. Accompanied by the original cleats, stirrup socks, and hat. Fortunately, the doll can be most easily replaced if so desired. It is the box that is central to this particular piece. A metal stand is included so that the doll can stand upright and be displayed properly alongside the box. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,185
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