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1951 Jackie Robinson Signed Letter to Gene Schoor
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $948
One-page typed letter, dated August 29, 1951, signed by Jackie Robinson. In this brief missive, composed on his personal letterhead, Robinson offers his apologies to Mr. Gene Schoor (who was a very well known journalist, author, sports agent, and restauranteur). In full: "Dear Gene: I received your letter and deeply regret that it was opened to [sic] late for a timely response. I hope the programs were very successful. Sincerely, Jackie Robinson [signed]." Robinson's signature has been boldly scripted in blue ink and grades "10." Robinson and the Dodgers were in the midst of a twelve-game home stand at the time of this letter. Robinson enjoyed a fine day at the plate on August 29th, banging out two hits and scoring two runs in a 13-1 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds. The win gave the Dodgers a six-game lead over the Giants as they headed into September. Unfortunately, as history would tell, that margin would not be enough to hold off their inner-city rivals, who captured the pennant in dramatic fashion just one month later on the strength of Bobby Thomson's legendary "Shot Heard Round the World." One of the many books Gene Schoor authored was Jackie Robinson: Baseball Hero (Putnam, 1958). The letter (7.25 x 12.5 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds, as well as a tiny area of discoloration along the right border. A few small, light pencil notations appear on the reverse. In Excellent condition overall. This is an outstanding Robinson letter, featuring a fine signature example, dating from the peak of his career with the Dodgers. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $948
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