Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
Offered here is a rookie period Brooks Robinson on this 1958-61 Jay Publishing Type 1 Fielding variation. The card has been graded PSA 8 NM-MT and is one of just four copies in its advanced grade. It's difficult to convey just how hard these nostalgic Jay Publishing 5" x 7" black and white photos and other similar team issues are to find in high-grade. Printed on a thin paper stock similar to magazine or newspaper pages in either a semi-glossy or matte finish, these memorable cards were available in team sets for a quarter each at both stadium souvenir shops and through a mail order program. Both formats were extremely popular with fans young and old, who were eager to fork over their quarters for the keepsakes. The close-up portraits and large action shots engaged fans in a way that smaller Topps and other baseball cards could not, and there weren't many young baseball fans' bedrooms in the 1960s that didn't have their favorite players pinned or taped to the wall (or their least favorite players stuck to a dartboard). Due to their delicate paper stock, the act of simply removing the photos from their envelopes can easily create small dents or kinks in their surfaces as well as mildly touched or bumped corners that make high-grade copies almost impossible to find. Indeed, to discover a Near Mint to Mint specimen would require that the card had hardly ever been handled.
1958-61 Jay Publishing Photos Type 1 Brooks Robinson Fielding PSA 8 NM-MT
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