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One of the more creative and thoughtful baseball cards you are likely to ever encounter, the presented 1/1 Masterpiece from the 2013 Leaf Executive Collection features a PSA/DNA certified authentic signature from Jackie Robinson on one side and a JSA certified authentic signature from Mariano Rivera on the reverse, along with the apropos inscription "Last to wear #42." In recognition of the measureless impact he had on not just the game of baseball but on all of American life, in 1997, on the 50th anniversary of his debut, Major League Baseball universally retired Jackie Robinson's #42. Enter the Sandman, Mariano Rivera, the greatest and most accomplished closer in the history of the game, and also one of its most graceful and dignified emissaries. Thirteen players were wearing #42 when MLB retired the number in 1997, and although they were allowed to keep their chosen jersey numbers, six of those thirteen changed their numbers after the 1997 season. 1995 AL MVP Mo Vaughn and newly converted NY closer Mo Rivera were among the seven players that did not change their numbers and were the final two to wear it -- two Mo's, go figure -- and so when Mo Vaughn retired in 2003, he left Mo Rivera as the last active player to wear the famous number, which he did with pride for nearly a decade, finally ending his tour last season. Quoted last year in The NY Times, Rivera told reporters, “I carried the legacy of Mr. Jackie for all these years, and I tried to do my best to wear No. 42 and do it with class and honor." According to an article, Jackie's widdow, Rachel Robinson, concurred: "He [Mariano] carried himself with dignity and grace, she told ESPN, "and that made carrying the number a tribute to Jack." A Masterpiece indeed, the offered cut signature combo card has been encased in Beckett's tank-like, tamperproof holder and would make an admirable centerpiece in any collection, no matter how novice or advanced. 

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,525
Number Bids: 19
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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