Jackie Robinson Rookie Cards, Baseball Collectibles and Memorabilia Guide

Jackie Robinson

Date of Birth: 1/31/1919
Rookie Card Year: 1949
Investment Rating: 10.0 (Exceptional)


Rookie Cards

Jackie Robinson Rookie Cards

Hobbyists would be remiss in thinking that Robinson's contributions to the game were strictly sociological. A Hall of Famer in his own right, Robinson played in six World Series, including 1955 when his Brooklyn Dodgers won it all. Jackie Robinson rookie cards are highly sought after in almost any condition. Because of his importance to the game, many of his game-used items are housed in baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Even his Negro League pieces from his days with the Kansas City Monarchs command top dollar on the rare occasions they reach the secondary market. Some of his most popular items are his rookie cards, team-signed baseballs from 1955 and single-signed baseballs. Additionally, despite debuting in 1947, there were no mainstream cards printed that year. A regional food release from the Bond Bread Company did include Robinson in their 13-card set. Because of their rarity, these cards are highly collectible despite not being officially recognized as rookie cards.

1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson RC #79

Featuring a full head shot against a yellow background, the color contrast of the Dodger blue and the regal yellow makes for a very striking card. Robinson is pictured with his laid back, signature smile. The 1948 Leaf Baseball Jackie Robinson rookie card rarely, if ever, sells for under four figures, no matter the condition. There is some debate over whether to call this a 1948 or 1949 card due to its release date. However, this card is widely recognized as being Robinson's most iconic card and seen by most as his rookie card.

1949 Leaf Jackie Robinson Rookie Card

1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson #50

Similar in size to the Leaf card, at 2-1/16" x 2-1/2" the Bowman card uses a contrast of red and blue that displays well but much less so than Robinson's other rookie card. Slightly more affordable, the 1949 Bowman is still a collector favorite. Because of the debate surrounding his 1948 Leaf card, this card's status as an official rookie card is debatable.

1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson Rookie Card

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1953 TOPPS #1 JACKIE ROBINSON HOF DODGERS 1948 LEAF ROOKIE OF YEAR
$59.99

1947 Bond Bread 10 Jackie Robinson RARE Sliding PSA 3 Rookie
$320.00

1940's JACKIE ROBINSON (around rookie time) RARE baseball card 5" x 6"
$495.95

Jackie Robinson Rookie RC Vintage 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Card HOF
$875.00

1948 - 49 Jackie Robinson Rookie Leaf Gum Co. #79 SGC 100% Authentic Looks NM Rc
$899.99

1956 TOPPS #30 JACKIE ROBINSON SGC 60 = PSA 5 EX HOF DODGERS + 1948 LEAF ROOKIE!
$149.00

1956 TOPPS #30 JACKIE ROBINSON JSA SIGNED AUTO + PSA + 1948 LEAF ROOKIE RARE!!!!
$3,950.00

1948 JACKIE ROBINSON LEAF GUM CO. ROOKIE SGC 20 1949 #79 RC BROOKLYN DODGERS '48
$999.99

WEIRD PRINTING ERROR 1 of 1 JACKIE ROBINSON ROOKIE CARD 1948 LEAF #79 SGC GRADED
$2,850.00

1947 Bond Bread 2 Jackie Robinson RARE Batting White Sleeves PSA 1.5 Rookie
$255.00

1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson RC #50 - Dodgers - Good Gd+ - CS3659
$750.00

1948 Leaf JACKIE ROBINSON RC #79 HOF PSA 4
$1,999.00

1964 TOPPS ROOKIE ALL STAR BANQUET # 5 ELECTORS JACKIE ROBINSON EM 263703
$175.00

1949 Bowman #50 Jackie Robinson Rookie Origional raw Card
$495.00

1948 SWELL SPORT THRILLS #3 JACKIE ROBINSON RARE ROOKIE CARD + PSA + 1948 LEAF
$299.00

1947 Brooklyn Dodgers Ticket Stub Jackie Robinson Rookie Year 4 For 4 Psa
$6,999.00
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Overview

No other player in the history Major League Baseball has made as significant a contribution to America's national pastime as Jackie Robinson. The first African-American player to play in the Majors, his resilient determination paved the way for numerous other Negro League players to cross the color barrier. It's not surprising that Jackie Robinson cards and memorabilia remain some of the most popular and respected in the hobby.

A six-time All-Star, the 1947 Rookie of the Year and the National League's MVP in 1949 are just a few of his accomplishments. A gifted athlete who excelled at all aspects of the game, Robinson was a prototypical five-tool player long before the term was part of a baseball scout's official lexicon. Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962 behind career numbers that included a .311 lifetime batting average, 1,518 hits, 734 runs and 197 stolen bases. So significant were Robinson's contributions that Major League Baseball universally retired his jersey number, 42, in 1997.

Jackie Robinson cards continue to be a major selling point for many modern sets. In recent years, there have been several memorabilia cards featuring pieces of jerseys, bats and other gear used by Robinson. While some can sell for huge amounts, more common Jackie Robinson bat and jersey cards can be found relatively easily for less than $50.

On the other end of the spectrum are cut signature cards. These use autographs that have been cut from existing documents and memorabilia and have them embedded to a card. Jackie Robinson cut signature cards usually sell for four figures. That said, they're extremely rare and don't come up for sale very regularly.

Modern base cards give collectors some strong photography and high-end production values at a very low price.

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2014 Panini National Treasures Baseball Jackie Robinson 8 20 FLAWLESS DIAMOND
$53.00

1956 Topps Jackie Robinson #30 Brooklyn Dodgers, HOF'er, Original
$100.00

1956 TOPPS PIN JACKIE ROBINSON NEAR MINT
$154.85

2005 UPPER DECK BASEBALL HEROES #130 - JACKIE ROBINSON-EMERALD PARALLEL SP # 199
$5.99

PSA 9 1997 Denny's Holograms #29 Jackie Robinson Dodgers POP 2 A0162
$9.00

JACKIE ROBINSON Dodgers 1994 Topps Archives #10 Gold Signatures Parallel Card
$12.99

Topps Bunt Jackie Robinson (175) DieCut Die Cut Sig Auto Signature
$29.99

Metallic Jackie Robinson Cards
$14.99

"Jackie Robinson" Embossed Metal Collector Cards-Metallic Impressions- Reprint
$6.00

1953 TOPPS #1 JACKIE ROBINSON HOF DODGERS 1948 LEAF ROOKIE OF YEAR
$59.99

Jackie Robinson # 50 TOPPS Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 Original Baseball Card
$50.99

2014 Topps Triple Threads Platinum Blue Parallel #66 Jackie Robinson 25 Dodgers
$29.99

1955 Topps Baseball Jackie Robinson Dodgers Card #50 HOF Crease
$56.98

1953 Topps JACKIE ROBINSON #1 PSA 2 Dodgers HOF!!
$149.99

TOPPS CHROME INSERT BASEBALL CARD 312 JACKIE ROBINSON BROOKLYN DODGERS
$8.99

Commemorative Ring Class & Award Jackie Robinson Brett Ripken Lot 0f (4)
$75.00
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Autograph Guide

Jackie Robinson Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what an authentic Jackie Robinson signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market for authentic Jackie Robinson autographs are PSA and JSA.

Jackie Robinson Cut Signature Exemplar:

Jackie Robinson Cut Signature Exemplar

Jackie Robinson Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jackie Robinson signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature is written on an even horizontal plane.
  2. Written in cursive, each letter is legible.
  3. The letter "J" is over-sized compared to the others; both loops are closed with the bottom more narrow then the top.
  4. The pen does not lift except for between names and their are no visible starts, stops or hesitations.
  5. The letters "a-c-k" are easily read with the "a" not always being closed and the "k" showing a small loop.
  6. The letter "i" in both the first name are dotted but haphazardly (not always above the letter).
  7. The letter "R" contains a closed loop as do the letters "o" and "b."
  8. The remaining letters are legible with the second "o" being closed similar to the first.
  9. Often times the second letter "n" is slightly wider than the first.

Other Jackie Robinson Signature Analysis Notes:

  1. When examining any, alleged, Jackie Robinson signed item, it is important to remember that Robinson died relatively young so  keep in perspective the age of items.
  2. Is the ink ball point? It was the only type of pen available during his lifetime.
  3. Paper documents will, and should, show age and even yellowing and can be almost brittle.
  4. With regards to team signed items - Were the the other players on the item actually on the team?
  5. Jackie Robinson, rarely signed the sweet spot of a baseball.

Jackie Robinson Signed Memorabilia Pricing:

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NEW YORK YANKEES DEREK JETER signed JACKIE ROBINSON DAY JERSEY CAPTAIN STEINER
$1,250.00

NEW YORK YANKEES DEREK JETER signed JACKIE ROBINSON # 42 JERSEY CAPTAIN STEINER
$1,250.00

Eddie "Ed" Miksis Signed & Inscribed Baseball. Jackie Robinson 50th Ann PSA DNA
$119.00

YANKEES YOGI BERRA SIGNED AUTHENTIC 11X14 PHOTO W JACKIE ROBINSON PSA #U52239
$199.99

JACKIE ROBINSON SIGNED LETTER FROM MVP YEAR 1949 AUTO GRADED MINT 10 PSA #H41475
$4,999.99

Johnny Vander Meer Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Autographed PSA
$24.99

Dave Winfield Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Autographed PSA
$29.99

Ewell Blackwell (d96) Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Autograph PSA
$24.99

Lonnie Harris Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Autographed PSA
$24.99

Bill Wambsganss Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Autographed PSA
$34.99

Rachel & David Robinson Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Auto PSA
$69.99

Gehringer Doerr Herman Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Auto PSA
$34.99

Max Patkin (d.1999) Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Autographed PSA
$39.99

Hank Bauer (d.2007) Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Autograph PSA
$24.99

Steve Howe Brock Monday Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Auto PSA
$29.99

Charlie Gehringer Signed 1982 Jackie Robinson FDC Cachet Cover Autographed PSA
$39.99
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Figure Guide

Jackie Robinson Figure Guide

Jackie Robinson's heroic contributions to the game of baseball, coupled with his brilliant playing career have insured that he has had numerous 3D likenesses created through the years. Robinson has had figures produced by McFarlane, Starting Lineup, SGA and Danbury Mint, to name a few. Here is a look at some of his most popular pieces.

1994 Starting Lineup

Jackie Robinson 1994 Starting Lineup

1999 Starting Lineup

Jackie Robinson 1999 Starting Lineup

2006 McFarlane Cooperstown

Jackie Robinson McFarlane

2005 SGA Stadium Giveaway

Jackie Robinson Dodger Stadium Giveaway

1996 Starting Lineup

Jackie Robinson 1996 Starting Lineup

1997 Starting Lineup 12"

Jackie Robinson 1997 Starting Lineup - 12 inch

2006 McFarlane Sepia Tone Variant

Jackie Robinson McFarlane Sepia Variant

1999 Danbury Mint

Jackie Robinson Danbury Mint

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JACKIE ROBINSON DAY MLB 3 PACK FIGURES 2009 UNOPENED STILL IN BOX LOOKS GREAT.
$50.00

Jackie Robinson Roy Campanella Don Newcombe Statue Figure LOCAL PICK UP ONLY
$49.95

Jackie Robinson Dodgers Cooperstown Collection Series 3 Figure New old Stock!
$14.99

2006 JACKIE ROBINSON WHITE JERSEY MCFARLENE ACTION FIGURE MIP DODGERS #42
$35.99

Jackie Robinson Upper Deck Collectibles Historical Beginnings Figure
$50.00

1997 Starting Lineup Cooperstown Collection Jackie Robinson 12" Figure NIP
$16.99

Brooklyn Dodgers MLB Jackie Robinson McFarlane Action Figure
$23.98

STARTING LINEUP FIGURE: JACKIE ROBINSON
$23.00

Jackie Robinson (SLU) Kenner STARTING LINEUP 1994 Figure COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION
$12.95

Jackie Robinson Dodgers 2005 PROMO Statue Sliding Figurine SGA Action Figure
$59.95

Jackie Robinson 1989 Sports Impressions Boys Of Summer Series Figure In Box
$29.99

Jackie Robinson 42 Movie DVD + Roy Campanella Don Newcombe Statue Figure SGA
$74.95

Starting Lineup Baseball 2000 All Century Team -Jackie Robinson -Figure Card MIB
$11.48

Jackie Robinson McFarlane Series 3 Figure NEW Sepia Variant Brooklyn Dodgers MLB
$49.99

Jackie Robinson Roy Campanella Don Newcombe 2013 LA Dodgers Statue Figure SGA
$69.95

Sandy Koufax and Jackie Robinson Dodgers 2005 Statue Action Figure SGA Set Box
$89.95
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