It happened on April 15th, 1947, and it happened to be a Tuesday. The first day of Major League Baseball is a day that people always look forward to, but this year was special. Spring was in the air, the smell of hot dogs was wafting around, and Jackie Robinson was making his Major League debut.
When Jackie Robinson took the field on this day, he became the first African American to play baseball in the majors. He succeeded in every way possible, and he eventually found his way to Cooperstown (this is the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame).
When it comes to the collectibles area that features either Jackie’s name or likeness, it is very wide-ranging. It includes everything from hats to jerseys, ads or even bats and gloves (this doesn’t even begin to cover how much is out there).
One of the areas that is very sought-after are baseball cards. Not only are they easy to store, but they can also command a very pretty penny.
The downside of the collectibles that feature Jackie Robinson is that there are plenty of reproductions or fantasy pieces on the market that you will run across. You need to do your homework to see what an authentic piece looks like so that you don’t get taken for a ride.
One of the best ways to tell if the card pictured above is authentic is to look for the TOPPS copyright information on the card. One of the best areas to find it is on the back of the card where the players stats are. Another way is to look at the paper stock that the card was made of. For 1956, TOPPS used paper stock that had no sheen to it, and the card itself is a little bigger than modern cards. If you have a question about a certain card, lay a modern card over it to compare the sizes.
The picture above shows what to look for about the size differences on the cards.
What kind of Jackie Robinson collectibles have you run across?