Heartland March 2020 Auction
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“A Life Is Not Important Except On The Impact It Has On Other Lives.”

-Jackie RobinsonCertainly no baseball player, and perhaps no other single man, had a greater impact on 20th century America than Jackie Robinson. Branch Rickey’s selection to have Robinson break baseball’s color barrier shattered cultural and societal barriers, while opening the door to the possibility of equality. A door which opens more every day, as our nation still works to overcome racism, bigotry and social division. Robinson’s heroism elevated him to iconic status for people of all colors. His bravery and self-control elevated him to almost mythic status. Robinson understood the importance of his role in history and boldly succeeded where most men would have failed. Souvenirs, collectables and merchandise of every imaginable type celebrating Robinson’s triumph filled the marketplace. Ultimately Hollywood sought to cash in on Robinson’s popularity as well, leading to the feature film, The Jackie Robinson Story, produced just three years after the Dodger great played his first major league game. Bring a bit of Hollywood to your collection This glorious photo from the 1950 motion picture film The Jackie Robinson Story, pictures Robinson, playing himself, from a scene depicting his military baseball team, playing for the 761st Black Panther Tank Battalion, based at Fort Hood, Texas. Robinson signed the photo in a glowing blue ink that looks as fresh today as the day it was signed 70 years ago. Type I photos, such as this example, are gaining in popularity seemingly by the day, with prices jumping substantially compared to where they were just 2-3 years ago. According to a Marketing and Consumer Behavior Executive we know: “Vintage Type I photos are becoming increasingly popular with all age groups and demographic sectors due to digital technology. There’s a tangibility to traditional photographic imagery that digital simply doesn’t provide. Also, with many traditional images, particularly from cinema and sports, the use and understanding of lighting techniques by the photographers of the time eclipse the digital stylings of the day. Classic photos make our heroes look like heroes and make our stars look more glamorous than life should allow. There’s a certain perfection and permanence, even a warmth, to older photos that you can’t get and you don’t see with digital. That’s a big reason you’re seeing a spike in demand. Everyone wants what we once had but can no longer attain . . . at least on a consistent basis.”

Jackie Robinson Signed Type I 8x 10 Photograph JSA Authentication
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Auction closed on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
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