Fall Premier Auction 2020

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New to the hobby is this vintage autograph of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson on this 3" x 5" card, PSA/DNA MINT 9 encapsulated. Any signature of Jackie is a treasure, but none much cleaner than this sharp index card signed in blue ballpoint, inscribed with Best Wishes. This bold signature is perfect either as a stand-alone piece or to be potentially matted and framed with a baseball card, jersey or photo.

Provenance: As documented in the story The Great Autograph Hunt from the February 5, 1974 Dayton (Ohio) Journal Herald, Jack Zimmerman and his grade school buddies Tim Gallagher and Vince Martin started collecting autographs of athletes through the mail, at games and at team hotels, primarily in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. The boys were relentless in their pursuit of baseball, basketball and football players, obtaining the stars and “commons” of the day, plus “old timers” and “legends” that were coaches, broadcasters or responsive through the mail. Jack was locked in on collecting from about 1968 through 1975, until pursuit of his own basketball career took priority. Jack became an All-State high school player, then had a Hall of Fame career hooping at the University of Dayton, followed by several seasons as an overseas pro, including suiting up for the prestigious Maccabi Tel Aviv club. Jack’s extensive collection was essentially put in a “time capsule” in 1976 and has literally followed him all over the world. We are proud to present selected treasures from Jack’s collection in our Fall Premier Auction, fresh to the hobby and seeing the light of day for the first time in over 45 years!

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