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2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Jackie Robinson

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Jackie Robinson

I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.

The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.

The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.

This is the Jackie Robinson card from the set:

Prime Robinson

 

The back of the card features ‘9 Prime’ facts about Robinson.

A few of my favorites are:

  • Starred at UCLA in basketball, football, track, and baseball
  • Won a batting title in lone minor league season
  • Innaugural Rookie Of The Year Award Winner
  • Led NL in steals in two of first three seasons
  • First ever Black MLB analyst
  • Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom in 1984
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2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #19 – Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #19 – Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #19 – Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers

CAREER DAY 19

The Career Day – April 23, 1954.  On this day during the 1954 baseball season, Jackie Robinson stole the show with his bat and legs.  Robinson went 3-for-5 for the Dodgers while hitting a double and two singles and scoring a run.  He also stole three bases in the contest – all three coming in the same inning!!  His final hit of the afternoon was a game-winning double in the 13th inning.

Progress – 19/25

Did You Know…

In the history of the National Baseball Hall Of Fame, only two second baseman have been elected on the first ballot.  Jackie Robinson was elected on his first ballot in 1960, and Joe Morgan was elected in 1990.

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Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Duke Snider & Jackie Robinson 2004 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – Duke Snider & Jackie Robinson 2004 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

I have yet to declare that this is a set I want to collect until it is complete, but when I can add cards from the set to my small stack for just one dime each, I will do so.

It just so happens to be that these two cards were back-to-back in the bargain bin.  And it also happens to be that the two players are Hall of Famers and among the legends of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Have a look:

SHOW 4

Come Watch The Trailer For The Upcoming Jackie Robinson Biopic ’42’

Come Watch The Trailer For The Upcoming Jackie Robinson Biopic ’42’

I will definitely be going to the theaters to see this one!!!

New Jackie Robinson Movie Being Planned

New Jackie Robinson Movie Being Planned

By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com 

Jackie Robinson, one of baseball’s most beloved figures, will soon have a motion picture dedicated to his legacy. Robinson, the sporting and social icon who broke baseball’s long-standing color barrier in 1947, will be the subject of a film by the company that brought “The Dark Knight” and “The Hangover” to the silver screen.

Robinson famously played himself in “The Jackie Robinson Story” in 1950, and the Legendary Pictures imprint will be written and directed by Brian Helgeland, the auteur behind “L.A. Confidential” and “Mystic River.” Thomas Tull, the chairman and chief executive officer of Legendary Pictures, said that Robinson’s story bears all the marks of great cinema.

“It really is difficult for me to convey how excited we are and how excited I am about bringing this to the screen,” said Tull. “I had the opportunity to sit down with Rachel Robinson, and both she and her late husband are folks I hold in the highest regard. Rachel Robinson is one of the classiest, most graceful human beings I’ve ever met. We’re unbelievably grateful.”

Robinson, who passed away in 1972 and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, was a four-sport star at UCLA and a member of the armed forces during World War II. After his service had concluded, he played baseball in the Negro Leagues before signing with the Dodgers. 

Famed executive Branch Rickey — played by Minor Watson in the 1950 film — convinced Robinson to sign on with the Dodgers, and the rest was sporting and civil rights history. Robinson played for a year with Brooklyn affiliate Montreal in the International League, and then he endured slights most men could hardly imagine when playing for the Dodgers in ’47.

Robinson won the National League Rookie of the Year Award that season, but his true achievement was in leveling the playing field so people of all races could play. Major League Baseball later christened April 15 — the date of his debut — as Jackie Robinson Day, and his No. 42 was retired league-wide. On Jackie Robinson Day, players can choose to wear it in his honor.

“The stakes were absolutely unbelievable,” said Tull. “It’s hard for us to imagine what Jackie Robinson went through and what his family went through and the sacrifice he made in a really deliberate way. This year, I had the privilege of being at Yankee Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day. Rachel Robinson was there, and watching every player on the field wear 42 was really special. It’s hard to overstate the impact Jackie Robinson made on American culture and on the game.”

Robinson, the NL MVP Award winner in 1949 and a World Series champion in ’55, was elected to the Hall of Fame in ’62.

Rachel Robinson furthered her husband’s legacy by creating the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing educational opportunities for minorities with demonstrated financial needs. Robinson issued a statement on Wednesday as part of the Legendary Pictures press release announcing the start of the project.

“My family and I are thrilled to have this important film on Jack produced by Legendary Pictures,” she said. “We are proud of his lasting impact on our society, and we know that the legacy he left is inspiring and worth preserving.”

The 65th anniversary of Robinson’s debut will occur in 2012, and the Foundation is working on opening a museum in Lower Manhattan dedicated to his legacy some time in the next couple years. Tull said it’s too early to tell when the motion picture will be ready, but he also said there’s an entire team dedicated to making it as good as it can be.

“Right now we’re working through the process and making sure we have a screen play,” said Tull of the film’s potential release date. “It’s definitely a movie on the fast track, as long as we can make sure it’s as special as we plan it to be. We will not rush it. It’s one of those things where we have a sense of urgency, but that’s balanced by making sure it’s a fantastic movie. We’re in production meetings and script meetings, and the second we know what that date is, we’d be happy to share it.”

Did You Know…

Did You Know…

In 1982, Jackie Robinson became the first major league player to be pictured n a United States postage stamp.