Jackie Robinson Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Jackie Robinson

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


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.

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. 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 and memorabilia 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.

Jackie Robinson 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 Image

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 Image

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2013 Topps Jackie Robinson proven mettle numbered out of 99, LA Dodgers
$10.99
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Jackie Robinson Brooklyn single 2012 topps Historical stitches patch card #HS-JR
$12.00
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2012 TOPPS #HS-JR JACKIE ROBINSON COMMEMORATIVE PATCH - BROOKLYN DODGERS 030514
$17.95
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2013 TOPPS #MCP-3 JACKIE ROBINSON PATCH - BROOKLYN DODGERS 030514
$17.95
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2001 FLEER FOCUS R.O.Y. COLLECTION #20 JACKIE ROBINSON HOF POP 1 PSA 10 B1553613
$14.99
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2001 TOPPS BASEBALL COMBOS SET MINT JACKIE ROBINSON JETER REGGIE AND MORE
$12.99
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2008 Topps Sterling Jackie Robinson 4 piece bat card #9 10
$79.99
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( LOT OF 11 ) 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Hallmark Heroes Throwbacks Mini Cards
$5.00
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1955 Jackie Robinson #50 EX+ Condition
$56.00
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1954 Topps Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers #10 Baseball Card
$565.00
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2008 (BB) Topps Allen and Ginter Mini Baseball Icons #BI3 Jackie Robinson
$8.52
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1954 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD LOT HANK AARON 128 TED WILLIAMS 2 JACKIE ROBINSON 50
$3,000.00
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2011 Topps Jackie Robinson #312 Baseball Archives 1952 Reprint Brooklyn Dodgers
$24.50
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2012 PRIME CUTS TIMELINE JERSEY MATERIAL PLAYER QUADS #7 JACKIE ROBINSON 19 25
$20.03
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2012 Panini Golden Age #41 Jackie Robinson Lot of 9 B53459
$11.27
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2003 Leaf Limited Silver Spotlight #154 Jackie Robinson 100
$5.68
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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 Image

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:

Active Listings for Jackie Robinson Signed Memorabilia

Jackie Robinson Autograph Gallery

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Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers signed autographed baseball Gilliam JSA LOA
$570.00
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Jackie Robinson Signed Autographed PSA DNA Auto
$1,199.99
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1956 All Star Game PSA DNA Jackie Robinson Autographed Team Signed Baseball
$7,500.00
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JACKIE ROBINSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED GPC HOF PSA DNA SLABBED DODGERS 1955 83526915
$2,899.00
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Jackie Robinson Autograph Signed Cut. Framed Perez Steel Plate. JSA LOA.
$1,800.00
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JACKIE ROBINSON PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED PEREZ STEELE CUT AUTOGRAPH
$799.00
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JACKIE ROBINSON PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED PEREZ STEELE CUT AUTOGRAPH
$979.00
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Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese & others Multi-Signed 1949 Baseball-PSA DNA
$450.00
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Tony Gwynn Jr. Signed Jackie Robinson Day 16x20 Photo PSA DNA COA Jersey #42
$69.99
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Rachel Robinson Signed 1997 Jackie Robinson 50th Anniv. FDC Z Cachet Cover PSA
$29.99
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1957 DODGERS TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL JSA JACKIE ROBINSON ROOKIE AUTOGRAPHED Y29424
$1,799.00
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BUCK LEONARD HOF AUTO FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA JACKIE ROBINSON
$76.49
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1953 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Signed Baseball JACKIE ROBINSON CAMPANELLA - JSA COA
$2,295.00
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PSA DNA JOHNNY SAIN INSCRIBED AUTOGRAPHED-SIGNED JACKIE ROBINSON BUDIG BASEBALL
$229.80
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JACKIE ROBINSON SIGNED AUTOGRAPH 4" CUT JSA CERTIFIED HOF 1962 DIED 1972 (LSL)
$1,580.95
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AL LOPEZ HOF PSA DNA SIGNED AUTO BABE RUTH FIRST DAY COVER JACKIE ROBINSON
$25.50
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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

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1999 Starting Lineup

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2006 McFarlane Cooperstown

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2005 SGA Stadium Giveaway

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1996 Starting Lineup

Jackie Robinson 1996 Starting Lineup 260x293 Image

1997 Starting Lineup 12"

Jackie Robinson 1997 Starting Lineup 12 inch 260x204 Image

2006 McFarlane Sepia Tone Variant

Jackie Robinson McFarlane Sepia Variant 260x227 Image

1999 Danbury Mint

Jackie Robinson Danbury Mint 200x300 Image

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JACKIE ROBINSON DAY MLB 3 PACK FIGURES 2009 UNOPENED STILL IN BOX LOOKS GREAT.
$60.00
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Jackie Robinson Roy Campanella Don Newcombe Statue Figure LOCAL PICK UP ONLY
$49.95
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JACKIE ROBINSON Baseball Action Figure COOPERSTOWN Starting Lineup 1996 NOC NRFC
$14.99
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FACTS AND FIGURES 1950 Jackie Robinson
$20.00
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JACKIE ROBINSON 1994 STARTING LINEUP FIGURE KENNER
$32.00
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Jackie Robinson Roy Campanella Don Newcombe Statue Figure Brooklyn Dodgers SGA
$39.95
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Jackie Robinson 1996 Starting Lineup Figure Cooperstown Collection Unopened
$7.99
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STARTING LINEUP FIGURE: JACKIE ROBINSON
$23.00
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1997 Starting Lineup Cooperstown Collection Jackie Robinson 12" Poseable Figure
$20.00
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Starting Lineup Baseball 2000 All Century Team -Jackie Robinson -Figure Card MIB
$13.50
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JACKIE ROBINSON SPORTS IMPRESSION FIGURE
$85.00
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Jackie Robinson 42 McFarlane Figure 2006 - Dodgers white jersey Unopened VG+
$59.99
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Sandy Koufax Jackie Robinson Dodgers 2005 Statue Figure SGA Set box not perfect
$79.95
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Jackie Robinson 2006 Cooperstown Brooklyn Dodgers SEPIA Chase Figure : McFarlane
$39.95
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1950 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FACTS AND FIGURES' * Joe Paige Jackie Robinson, Ted
$14.00
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1997 Kenner Starting Lineup Classic Doubles Figure Hank Aaron Jackie Robinson
$11.99
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