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1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson Portrait PSA NM+ 7.5
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,700
Graded NM+ 7.5 by PSA. One of only three examples graded at this level with just three 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. Several years ago, the mystery gentleman from the 1970s contacted REA with a few cards he'd kept from the find. He was able to tell us all about the sale of his cards in the 1970s and to shed light on exactly how he came to own the find: As a youngster he received them directly from the Bond Bread delivery truck driver in 1947. As we know, all cards from the find were just the one special biography card, and the driver was well aware of this. 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). Recent outstanding research assembled by two true card scholars and presented on Net54 conclusively proves the set was actually issued over a period of several years (1947-1950), with the portrait card among the first issued in 1947. Here's the link: http://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=171169. This is an extremely historic card, Jackie Robinson's true rookie card, dating from his earliest days in the Major Leagues. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,700
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