12 Amazing Jackie Robinson Cards

12 Amazing Jackie Robinson Cards

It's hard to measure Jackie Robinson's achievements strictly through numbers. Was he one of the game's greats? Absolutely. But he's also so much more. The first time he stepped out onto a major league field, Robinson took a tremendous leap in righting one of baseball's wrongs. In breaking the game's color barrier, Jackie Robinson made history. But simply stepping on the field wasn't enough. Jackie Robinson endured and excelled. He was, and still is, a hero. Jackie Robinson cards continue to resonate today, capturing the career and enduring spirit of Robinson's achievements.

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There is certainly no shortage of Jackie Robinson cards to collect. His earliest cards and collectibles can be extremely expensive. However, collectors who look to some less popular issues can find some nice early cards at surprisingly reasonable prices.

Below is a look at some the most notable vintage Jackie Robinson cards followed by some of the innovations found in modern sets.

Top Vintage Jackie Robinson Cards

1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson

Recognized as one of the first Jackie Robinson cards, the 1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson features a portrait, a blank back and rounded corners. They were distributed with loaves of Homogenized Bond Bread. There are other versions of the card with square corners and a slightly different tint on the back. These are believed to have been produced a couple of years later. Bond Bread also made a special promotional set of 13 Jackie Robinson cards in 1947. These have a different design and are extremely rare.

1947 Bond Bread Jackie Robinson 188x300 Image

1948 Leaf Jackie Robinson RC #79

Widely regarded as the most iconic Jackie Robinson card, it's the first to be distributed in traditional packs. The design is simple but it's also instantly recognizable. There is some debate as to when the card actually came out. While the copyright on the back says 1948, many believe it wasn't released until 1949. As a result, it is referred to as a 1948 card by some and 1949 by others. Either way, this is one of the most important Jackie Robinson cards in existence.

1949 Leaf Jackie Robinson Image

1948 Swell Sport Thrills Jackie Robinson #3

1948 Swell Baseball Thrills was quick to acknowledge the significance of Robinson's long overdue debut. The set is dedicated to all-time great moments. Robinson's card focuses on his place in history, noting his breaking of baseball's color barrier. It remains somewhat affordable given its place as one of the first Jackie Robinson cards.

1948 Swell Sport Thrills Jackie Robinson Image

1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson #50

Because of the controversy behind whether hiss Leaf rookie is a 1948 or 1949 card, some consider the 1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson a rookie card as well. Regardless, it's not as appreciated as the Leaf card. The colors are bold in some spots, notably his hat. At the same time, Robinson's face is somewhat washed out. Even still, as one of the first pack-inserted Jackie Robinson cards, it's one of his most important issues.

1949 Bowman Jackie Robinson Rookie Card Image

1950 Bowman Jackie Robinson #22

While it might not get the notoriety of the 1949 Bowman card, few will disagree that the 1950 Bowman Jackie Robinson is a much more attractive option. The full-color painting takes a realistic approach. The end result is one of Robinson's most attractive early cards.

1950 Bowman Jackie Robinson 248x300 Image

1952 Berk Ross Jackie Robinson

The 1952 Berk Ross Jackie Robinson is highlighted by a great jumping action shot. The unnumbered card remains much more affordable than most of Robinson's other vintage cards.

1952 Berk Ross Jackie Robinson 200x300 Image

1952 Topps Jackie Robinson #312

The 1952 Topps Jackie Robinson is one of his most valuable cards. As if being part of the landmark set wasn't enough, it's also part of the high-number short prints. The bold red background is complimented by a clean portrait.

1952 Topps Jackie Robinson 204x300 Image

1953 Topps Jackie Robinson #1

1953 Topps Baseball kicks off with Jackie Robinson. Although a double-print, it's still one of the most valuable card in the set. The painted portrait doesn't totally nail Robinson's likeness. That said, the design is one of the nicest ever put to baseball cards.

1953 Topps Jackie Robinson 208x300 Image

1954 Topps Jackie Robinson #10

Between the posed fielding shot and the toothy smile that's look off into yonder, the 1954 Topps Jackie Robinson comes across as far less serious than most of his other cards.

1954 Topps Jackie Robinson 212x300 Image

1955 Topps Jackie Robinson #50

Other than the flipped horizontal design, the 1955 Topps Jackie Robinson has many of the same design elements as his 1954 Topps card. The yellow background is bright, but it's the soft, smiling portrait that the eye is really drawn to.

1955 Topps Jackie Robinson 260x184 Image

1956 Topps Jackie Robinson #30

The final card of Jackie Robinson as an active player, it's also one of the most attractive. The portrait is recycled from the previous year but the action background shows a lot more life that the swinging full-body shot from 1955 Topps.

1956 Topps Jackie Robinson 260x183 Image

1967 Topps Venezuelan Jackie Robinson #184

An extremely rare card, Jackie Robinson is in the 1967 Topps Venezuelan set but not the American issue. The Dodgers great is part of a 50-card subset featuring retired players. It has a very plain design dominated by a blue background, which somewhat muddle that sepia photo. Text is in Spanish.

1967 Topps Venezuelan Jackie Robinson 208x300 Image

 Modern Jackie Robinson Cards

1994 Upper Deck American Epic Jackie Robinson 260x187 Image 2012 Topps Triple Threads Legends Relic Jackie Robinson GU Bat 260x185 Image

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.

2012 Panini National Treasures Patch Jackie Robinson 215x300 Image

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1955 Topps — Jackie Robinson #50 — PSA 8 (oc)
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PSA 10 - 2002 ETOPPS CLASSIC Jackie Robinson #ETC16 4000 *POP 6*
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PSA 9 - 2002 ETOPPS CLASSIC Jackie Robinson #ETC16 4000
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1956 Topps Jackie Robinson #30 White Back
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Jackie Robinson 2013 TCSP Legendary Lumber GU Bat Barrell # 50 DODGERS
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2000 Topps 50th Anniversary Reprints w Jackie Robinson, Griffey,Jr., Sandberg
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($500) Jackie Robinson Original 1978 VINTAGE NON AUTO Graded GEM MINT 10
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Jackie Robinson silver framed Brooklyn Dodgers
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2013 Topps Triple Threads Jackie Robinson Onyx Base Card #29 50 Brooklyn
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2013 Topps Jackie Robinson 1955 Dodgers Commemorative Patch Card Mint CP44
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2002 Fleer Premium Legendary Dynasties Gold 14 Jackie Robinson 204 300 L2
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1982 TCMA Jumbo 5-3 4x3-3 4" Rare 15 Jackie Robinson Dodgers
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OLD JUMBO Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers 5.25"x3.25" RARE ODDBALL JRR
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User Comments

  1. I have a Spalding baseball bat, on barrel end it has Spalding, underneath “Jackie Robinson”, then underneath that “Special”. Mid -barrel has a baseball with Spalding through it and on bottom of the ball the numbers 48-115 are printed.

    I have been unable to find a value for this anywhere. Do you have an idea what it might be worth?

  2. I have a cardboard jackie robinson card where he is running across a base. I didnt see anything like that above. Do you know if it would be worth anything?
    Thank You

  3. Patricia c mcneer » There are literally thousands of different Jackie Robinson cards so it’s tough to help you identify it. Do you know what company made it or what the copyright year is on the back?

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