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Late 1940s Jackie Robinson News Photo Used for His 1949 Bowman Card - PSA/DNA Type 1 - One of Two Known Examples!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $9,000
Original news photo of Jackie Robinson as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Encapsulated and certified as an Original Type 1 photograph by PSA/DNA. This image of Robinson is instantly recognizable to card collectors, as it was used for the production of Robinson's 1949 Bowman Card, which is considered to be one of Robinson’s most striking and popular cards, not to mention one of the great classics of all postwar bubble-gum cards. It's significance with respect to card collectors notwithstanding, it is also an exceedingly rare photo. This is the first original example of this important photograph that we have ever handled and, to the best of our knowledge, one of only two known. This is also the first time one has appeared at public auction. Reverse markings include a "Times" credit stamp, dated "April 16, 1948," a Brooklyn National League Baseball Club proprietary stamp (which dates to the late 1940s), Robinson's name written in black ink, and an editorial pencil notation. The photo (8 x 10 inches) displays a moderate diagonal crease in the lower left corner, as well as a few additional light creases. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,000
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