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

Top eBay Listings

1949 Bowman Rookie Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers #50 Sharp Color
$1,500.00

1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson #50 PSA 6 Rookie Great Color and Centering Easy 7
$2,695.00

1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson RC PSA 2 +++
$1,999.00

1952 D357-1 MOTHER'S COOKIES #55 CLAY HOPPER MANAGED JACKIE ROBINSON ROOKIE CARD
$995.00

JACKIE ROBINSON 2013 Bowman Sterling Blue Sapphire REFRACTOR Insert RC Dodgers
$65.00

1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson PSA 1 Rookie Card
$749.00

WET SHEET TRANSFER ERROR; JACKIE ROBINSON ROOKIE CARD 1948 LEAF #79 SGC GRADED
$3,000.00

1995 CHROME DODGERS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR LIMITED 14 CARD SET JACKIE ROBINSON RARE
$58.99

1948 Leaf #79 Jackie Robinson Rookie HOF Brooklyn Dodgers good condition
$999.99

JACKIE ROBINSON PSA 4 VG-EX 1948 LEAF #79 ROOKIE CARD
$2,900.00

1948 LEAF JACKIE ROBINSON #79 MINT 9 AMAZING ROOKIE PSA SMR LISTED @ $350,000
$60,000.00

1949 Bowman #50 Jackie Robinson RC Rookie PSA EX-MT 6 Brooklyn Dodgers HIGH END
$3,499.00

1949 EUREKA SPORTS STAMP #49 JACKIE ROBINSON ROOKIE YEAR WITH ALBUM CARD
$250.00

1947 1947-66 Exhibits W461 JARO Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers Rookie Card 2y2
$70.00

1947 BOND BREAD JACKIE ROBINSON GA 1ST GRADED 4.5 RARE ROOKIE
$4,580.00

1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson RC #50 - Dodgers - Good Gd+ - CS3659
$750.00
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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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2015 Panini National Treasure Gerrit Cole Jackie Robinson Day 3 Color Patch 7 10
$49.99

LARGE SPORTS CARD COLLECTION!!! AROUND 10,000 CARDS!!! JACKIE ROBINSON,ETC!!!
$2,935.00

1952 Topps Jackie Robinson card Psa 5 Centered
$1,877.00

Jackie Robinson ( Portrait ) by Robert Simon (Excellent)
$9.00

JACKIE ROBINSON 2003 DIAMOND KINGS #160 SILVER FRAMED #261 400 AC5061
$7.99

1952 Topps #312 Jackie Robinson PSA 4
$1,999.99

Jackie Robinson Collector Cards in Decorative Tin
$25.00

2005 UD Hall of Fame Materials Jackie Robinson Pants Brooklyn Dodgers 3 15
$45.00

2004 UD Dual Legendary Materials HOFer’s Jackie Robinson & Roy Campanella 41 50
$75.00

1955 Topps #50 Jackie Robinson PSA 2 L5925
$250.00

1955 Topps #50 Jackie Robinson VG EX L1926
$270.00

1955 Topps #50 Jackie Robinson PSA 3.5 L6365
$320.00

1956 Topps #30 Jackie Robinson VG EX L9827
$210.00

VERY RARE THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY AD CUT-OUT ORIGINAL NEAR MINT !!
$74.99

1953 Topps #1 Jackie Robinson PSA 1.5
$139.00

2007 SP LEGENDARY CUTS LINEAGE JACKIE ROBINSON 550 DODGERS
$9.99
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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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Carl Furillo Signed Official Jackie Robinson First Day Cover, HOF, 1982, PSA.
$195.00

1955 WS Program Insert Signed 9 Autograph Jackie Robinson Koufax Hoak Hodges JSA
$7,999.99

YOGI BERRA YANKEES SIGNED AUTO AUTHENTIC CEL JACKIE ROBINSON SLIDE HOME JSA
$249.99

Jackie Robinson & Mickey Mantle Signed 4X4.5 Cut W Auto Grade 8.5 PSA Slabbed
$2,399.99

JACKIE ROBINSON signed Yellow HOF Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard PSA DNA
$3,799.95

LUKE APPLING SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER JACKIE ROBINSON FDC AUTOGRAPH
$24.00

1937 JACKIE ROBINSON Signed PJC Bulldogs Baseball Team YEARBOOK hof JSA Dodgers
$16,999.99

Jackie Robinson Signed Cut PSA DNA Certified Authentic Auto *4322
$1,099.00

Jackie Robinson 1949 Brooklyn Dodgers Letter Signed Autograph PSA DNA PSA 8
$7,499.99

JACKIE ROBINSON JSA SIGNED CERTIFIED 8X7 PHOTO AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$1,199.00

BILLY HERMAN SIGNED JSA CERT STICKER JACKIE ROBINSON FDC AUTOGRAPH
$24.00

Jackie Robinson Signed Letter From MVP Year 1949 Auto Graded Mint 10 PSA #H41475
$4,999.99

Jackie Robinson signed 3x5 index card autographed PSA DNA HOFer Brooklyn Dodgers
$799.99

Dodgers Jackie Robinson Single Signed Authentic ONL Baseball PSA DNA #B05766
$2,999.99

Jackie Robinson Signed Album Page PSA DNA COA Autograph Brooklyn Dodgers Slabbed
$2,199.00

Earl Lloyd The Jackie Robinson of the NBA Autograph Signed Basketball PSA DNA
$350.00
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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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1996 Jackie Robinson Starting Lineup Figure Cooperstown Collection Unopened
$8.99

JACKIE ROBINSON ROMITO SPECIAL EDITION 50TH ANNIVERSARY FIGURINE FIGURE SALVINO
$299.99

NIB Jackie Robinson Campanella Newcombe Statue Figure Brooklyn Dodgers SGA RARE
$59.95

Jackie Robinson 2000 Starting Lineup Figure All Century Team Sealed in package
$17.81

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

Jackie Robinson 2005 Dodgers Statue Figure SGA with HARD GAME TICKET
$110.00

1950s Metal Bronze Statue Jackie Robinson #32 Brooklyn Dodgers rare figure vtg
$65.00

Jackie Robinson Dodgers 2005 STADIUM PROMO Statue Action Figure
$30.00

Sandy Koufax and Jackie Robinson Dodgers 2005 Statue Action Figure SGA Set Box
$99.95

1997 Kenner Starting Lineup Classic Doubles Figure Hank Aaron Jackie Robinson
$11.99

BROOKLYN DODGERS JACKIE ROBINSON 12" POSEABLE BASEBALL FIGURE
$19.99

Jackie Robinson Roy Campanella Don Newcombe Statue Figure Brooklyn Dodgers SGA
$55.00

JACKIE ROBINSON DAY MLB 3 PACK FIGURES 2009 UNOPENED STILL IN BOX LOOKS GREAT.
$70.00

Sandy Koufax and Jackie Robinson Dodgers 2005 Statue Action Figure SGA Set
$99.99

1950 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FACTS AND FIGURES' * Joe Paige Jackie Robinson, Ted
$14.00

NIB 2005 LA Dodgers JACKIE ROBINSON SGA 4 15 05 Sliding Action SP Figure Statue
$59.99
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. I have a 1948-49 Leaf Jackie Robinson that shows ‘Reprint 123’ on the bottom on the back. The back is green print. I’m not able to find any information on this card. Can you help?

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