August 2019 Summer Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/1/2019
Before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, and even before the United States military was racially integrated, baseball player Jackie Robinson broke the sport's color line on April 15, 1947, becoming the first African-American to play in a sport which was until then the province of whites only. The following year, Chicago's Leaf Gum Company further immortalized Robinson with his first-ever colorized bubble gum baseball card, which was followed shortly thereafter by Philadelphia's Bowman Gum Company in 1949. In terms of regal color and design, however, neither of these first Jackie Robinson baseball cards can hold a candle to his celebrated 1950 Bowman issue.

While not currently ranked among PSA's top 250 sports cards in the hobby, the 1950 Bowman issue shows a colorized photo of Jack in his follow-through swing before an empty grandstand shrouded in purple shadows, a characteristic that in our opinion lends the iconic issue an undeniable dose of sacred royalty. How Ted Williams from the 1950 Bowman set can be included in PSA's top 250 sports cards and not Jackie Robinson is a mystery to us.

What's not a mystery, however, is that the market clearly favors the Robinson card. While PSA's SMR priceguide values a PSA 8 graded Ted Williams at $2,750, the Robinson graded PSA 8 registers over three times as valuable at $8,500. Actual realized prices from VintageCardPrices.com, however, are even more dramatic. Spanning the last four years, the last four PSA 8 Ted Williams sales have averaged $3,635, while the last five PSA 8 Jackie Robinson sales, all conducted within the last year, have averaged $11,416.

Take another look at the card offered here; is it any wonder it's on the rise? Take an even closer look, and you'll quickly wonder how this copy didn't receive a grade of PSA 8.5 or even PSA 9. Strong NM-MT to Mint corners join Mint to Gem Mint edges around a bold NM-MT to Mint image that boasts utterly perfect centering. Unquestionably high-end, the only reason this spectacular card isn't locked up for a lifetime in a prized personal collection is because our consignor recently upgraded to a PSA 9, so take advantage of this opportunity, and add a bit of hobby royalty to your treasured vaults today.
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Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium: $8,702
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
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