#1 Jackie Robinson
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"His Walk About" - Jackie Robinson played for ten Major League seasons, though every major league player still wears his number annually once a year. A six time All-Star, and '49 NL MVP, Robinson was a .311 career hitter. He retired with 1,518 hits and 137 home runs, numbers that seem comically trivial given his impact and legacy, both on and off the field. During his decade with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he helped "The Bums" win six NL Pennants and the 1955 World Series.
"That's Not a Knife" - It's another Varsity Letter from UCLA. Jackie won Varsity Letters in four sports while attending UCLA. He was an All-Conference running back on the unbeaten 1939 Bruins Football team that finished 7th in the Nation (they had a few ties). He was named the West Coast Conference MVP for Basketball with UCLA in 1940 and in Track and Field Robinson was the 1940 NCAA Long Jump Champion. Baseball was his "worst" sport at UCLA, where his accolades failed to match those in his other three sports.
"More of a love bite really..." - This card is well worn, but is still on the short list for "favorite" in my entire collection. There are no serious flaws and you can't help but feel as though you are holding a small piece of American History when it's in your hand. If you own one in a PSA jail, I strongly suggest you crack it loose and give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
"Down Under" - Robinson is card #312 in the 1952 set. Given that it's high number, and Jackie Robinson being Jackie Robinson, it's not one I own nor expect to own anytime soon. Maybe my mind would change if I saw one in hand, but for now, I think prefer this '53 by a wide margin. That extends the '53 set's lead to 20-15-2.
"At the Oscars"Inducted in The Baseball Hall of Fame 1962
1949 National League MVP
Inuagural Rookie of the Year Award Winner '47
1949 NL Batting Champ
Led NL in Stolen Bases '47 & '49
Led NL in OBP '52
2nd NL Batting '50
3rd NL Batting '51
4th NL Batting '52
2nd NL RBI's '49
2nd NL Hits '49
2nd NL OBP '49 & '53
3rd NL OBP '50 & '51
3rd NL Doubles '49, 50, & '51
3rd NL Triples '49
3rd NL Stolen Bases '51 & '52
Led NL Hit By Pitch '48
2nd NL Hit By Pitch '47, '49, '52, & '54