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1951 Brooklyn Dodgers Cap Signed By Jackie Robinson
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,162.50
1) Brooklyn Dodgers cap, professional Wilson model size 6 5/8", was presented as a gift to a fan by Jackie Robinson. It is signed on the underside of the bill by Robinson ("8", as well as Pee Wee Reese ("4"), and Carl Furillo ("5"). The interior leather band has several additional signatures (Campanella, Snider and Roe) which are difficult to read due to cracking and flaking of the surface of the leather, but can be deciphered upon close inspection. It is a professional model Dodgers cap. The small size 6 5/8" suggests that it might be a bat boy's cap. There is no indication that this was Jackie's personal cap, other than it was a gift from Robinson, but we cannot rule out the possibility with 100% certainty. While at first it might seem hard to imagine Robinson ever wearing a hat this size, because it would appear to simply not be big enough, we note how Robinson's cap appears far too small, and is very likely the same size as this cap, sitting literally perched atop his head, in the 1946 photograph of Jackie Robinson shaking hands with Montreal Royals president Hector Racine, offered a few lots earlier in this catalog. The cap is in Excellent condition. 2) It is accompanied by a 1951 Brooklyn Dodger regular season program (vs Cardinals) signed by eleven Dodgers on the front cover, including Jackie Robinson ("10"), Duke Snider ("8"), Carl Furillo ("8"), and Pee Wee Reese("7"), and is also signed by Roy Campanella ("9") on the back cover. The program was signed at the game at which the cap was given to the young fan. The program is unscored and is in Excellent condition. 3) Also accompanied by an original photograph (8" x 10") of Robinson posing with the young fan (to Robinson's left) and her family, at the game at which she was allowed to meet with Robinson and other Dodgers, and was given a gift of the cap. The program her older sister is holding (far right) is the very program which is included in this lot. A fascinating and unique collection of three souvenirs relating to a young fan's memorable day at Ebbets Field, meeting with the great Jackie Robinson in 1951. Total 3 items. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,162.50
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