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Jackie Robinson
(b. January 31, 1919 - d. October 24, 1972)
The first African-American to play major league baseball since 1884, Robinson succeeded under almost unbearable pressure to secure the black player a permanent place in the game. He endured numerous racial slights, even from his own teammates, without yielding his dignity, while leading the Dodgers to six pennants. A tremendous athlete, Robinson was a four-sport star at UCLA and served in the Army during World War II, before reaching the Dodgers. As a 28-year old rookie for Brooklyn in 1947, Robinson's aggressive base-running and hitting earned him Rookie of the Year honors. Two years later, in 1949, he led the NL with a .342 average and was named NL MVP. In 10 years of major league service, he accumulated a .311 batting average.
Inducted in 1962
1953 Topps Jackie Robinson #1 PSA 8 NM-MT
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Comments: When I decided to collect portraits of every HOFer this was the card I wanted of Jackie Robinson. I owned a 1986 Jordan RC in mint condition and decided to sell it right when it peaked in value (1999). I sold it and put aside the money to purchase this card. While at the Hollywood Park Show, in March of 2000, I found this one at Randy Shively's table. I looked at it under high magnification and couldn't find a flaw. I walked around the show a little more and came back to look at it again. This happened several more times until I couldn't resist it anymore. I handed over the credit card. This beauty is a world class card! Virtually perfect centering on this tough #1 card in the ultra condition sensitive 1953 Topps set. Creamy white borders, deep color, and sparkling original gloss. One of my favorites!!!
Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1953
ACC Set Designation:
Set Name: Topps
Country: United States
Description: The 1953 Topps set reflects the company's continuing legal battles with Bowman. The set, originally intended to consist of 280 cards, is lacking six numbers (#'s 253, 261, 267, 268, 271, and 275) which probably represent players whose contracts were lost to the competition. The 2-5/8" X 3-3/4" cards feature painted player pictures. A color team logo appears at a bottom panel (red for American League and black for National). Card backs contain the first baseball trivia questions along with brief statistics and player biographies. In the red panel at the top which lists the player's personal data, cards from the 2nd Series (#'s 86-165, plus 10, 44, 61, 72 and 81) can be found with that data printed in either black or white, black being the scarcer variety. Cards 221-280 are the scarce high numbers, with even scarcer short-printed cards interspersed in the series.
Example 1953 Topps 1-Cent Display Box

Example 1953 Topps 5-Cent Display Box