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Lot # 7: 1947 Jackie Robinson Rookie Brooklyn Dodgers Photograph Used for 1947 Bond Bread Rookie Card (PSA Type I)

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When Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson broke the modern Major League Baseball "Color Line" on April 15, 1947, as a Brooklyn Dodger at Ebbets Field, he not only made baseball history, but he also made an enormous impact on the civil rights history of America. Presented is an incredible Type I original news service photo of Robinson that was used for Robinson's 1947 W571 Bond Bread #37 Rookie Card, the Robinson 1947 D305 Bond Bread Exhibit #38, and Robinson's photo in the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers' Picture Pack. Robinson spent the 1946 season in the International League with the Montreal Royals, one of the two top Dodger farm clubs. Jackie tore up the International League in '46 as he hit .349 and stole 40 bases in leading the Royals to the Little World Series Championship. Robinson had an amazing season in his rookie 1947 campaign as he hit .297, led the National League with 29 stolen bases, won the Rookie of the Year Award, and helped the Dodgers to the pennant. In his Major League career, consisting of ten seasons, all spent with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson hit .311, with 197 stolen bases, won the 1949 National League MVP and led the NL in hitting the 47 season at .342, was a 7-time All-Star and helped the Brooklyn Dodgers to their only World's Championship, in 1955. Even with Robinson's great statistics, Hall of Famer Hank Aaron said, "Jackie's character was much more important than his batting average." And it was Robinson's enormous strength of character that helped him accomplish so much. As his teammate, Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese said, "To do what he did has got to be the most amazing thing I've ever seen in sports." The photo is an incredible image. The focus is on Robinson, in his home Dodgers uniform, and one can see the face of the 28-year-old Robinson clearly as the fire in his eyes is readily apparent as he kneels, bat in hand, near the first base dugout of what appears to be Ebbets Field. The black and white photo measures 8x10". The back of the photo shows "Jack R." written in blue ink in an unknown hand. The photo was used for the 1947 Bonds Bread #37 Robinson. This W571 set consisted of 44 cards, each 2.5x3.5" and including cards of many other Hall of Famers, including Ted Williams, and Stan Musial, but the most valued card is Jackie Robinson's. The offered photo was also used for the 1947 Bond Bread D305 set of exhibit cards, with each card measuring 2.25x3.5", and with Robinson's card still the most valued. The original Bonds Bread photo has been encapsulated and graded by PSA as Type I Authentic. With the 2022 season being the 75th Anniversary of Robinson's debut in 1947, interest in Jackie Robinson's career remains exceptionally high, and the offered Type I photo is a treasured, timeless keepsake of Jackie Robinson's immortal career.

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