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Lot # 657 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson Portrait SGC NM 84

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,778

Graded NM 84 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level by SGC, with just one graded higher. Bright, crisp, clean example of one of the truly great Jackie Robinson cards, and one that in our opinion is a classic that is deserving of a place of honor in any world-class card collection. Dating from 1947, this card represents Robinson's true rookie card. This card has a unique design in the thirteen-card 1947 Jackie Robinson Bond Bread set. It is the only card in the set that features a biography along with advertising on the reverse. In the 1970s, a legendary find of approximately seventy-five high-grade examples of this card "walked in" at a New York convention. The gentleman in possession of all the cards had received them as a youngster directly from a Bond Bread delivery truck driver in 1947. As we know, all cards from the find were just the one special biography card, and despite pleas from the youngster for the additional cards in the set, the driver was never able to fulfill his requests. Because of this long-ago find and accompanying story, we have always thought that this uniquely designed card in the set may have been produced to be given out at stores directly by grocers at the checkout counter, as a special advertising vehicle when the set was announced, as opposed to being issued one card per loaf (as was the case with the other twelve cards in the set, each of which has advertising-only reverses, and which recent research reveals were actually issued a couple of years later). This is an extremely historic card, Jackie Robinson's true rookie card, dating from his earliest days in the Major League. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,778

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