Extremely rare Jackie Robinson pin, the 1.5 inch diameter advertising pin with an image of Jackie in the center surrounded by "JACKIE ROBINSON tells his story in the - B - BROOKLYN EAGLE." Issued during his MVP season of 1949, very few examples are known to exist, with this example one of the nicest extant. There is minimal surface wear on the obverse, but NO CRACKING, and some light to moderate oxidation on the reverse.
Pinbacks were a very popular collectible when Robinson broke into the majors, and there is a wide variety of his pins available on the market. However, this is by far the most rare and desirable. In fact, Jackie Robinson pinbacks are a unique 'subset' within the celluloid pinback market.
As most Jackie Robinson pins were issued in stadiums as souvenirs, this is one of the few regarded as an advertising pin, bringing more intense interest from collectors. The Brooklyn Eagle was a very prominent Brooklyn newspaper, and Robinson's story of entering the major leagues was featured in a series of articles. The underside of the curl indicates this pin was produced by "Samuel H. Moss of New York." The letter "B" appears below Robinson's image and with the letter another promotional aspect of the pin, as they were distributed with different letters in Robinson's name. Eventually young fans could collect a set which would spell out "Jackie Robinson," and redeem for prizes. It is doubtful anyone ever collected a set of any prizes as today only a small handful have ever been seen in the hobby.
This is one of the best of all baseball advertising celluloid pins in the collecting hobby. A true hobby rarity!
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