I've tried my best to find every item featuring Jackie during his playing days, but I suspect this checklist will fall far short. Please let me know of anything I might have missed. I would love to be able to update this listing from time to time.
Furthermore, you will notice that I have not included any of the numerous vintage pins that feature Robinson. The reason is that there is already fantastic website called Baseball Pinback Buttons that had done a fine job of it. So, instead of copying I figured I would just point you in that direction. Check out the most comprehensive listing of Jackie Robinson pins I have ever seen here, via Baseball Pinback Buttons.
1947 Bond Bread Advertisements
In Part I of my checklist I shared pics of a scarce regional card set from Homogenized Bond Bread that featured thirteen different Jackie Robinson cards. Below are a few of the advertising items used to promote the set and the loaves of bread.
1947 Bond Bread 4" diameter advertising drink coaster
1947 Bond Bread Advertising window sign
1947 Bond Bread Advertising countertop display
Here is a large Jackie Robinson Bond Bread (10" x 14") counter advertising display. These are extremely scarce and highly sought after by Jackie Robinson collectors. For that reason, they have been reproduced/faked, and can be found on eBay all the time. So be careful if you run into one.
Negro Heroes #2
Fawcett Publications Jackie Robinson Comics
Fawcett Publications issued a single biography-styled comic book on Jackie Robinson in May 1950. Originally, it was meant to be one issue, but Jackie's story proved very popular, so they eventually released five additional issues over the next two years.
I have all six issues in my collection, and spent some time last year scanning every page in the books. You can now read every issue online. Below are links to those scans:
- Jackie Robinson, Issue 1, May 1950 (Link Here)
- Jackie Robinson, Issue 2, July 1950 (Link Here)
- Jackie Robinson, Issue 3, September 1950 (Link Here)
- Jackie Robinson, Issue 4, November 1950 (Link Here)
- Jackie Robinson, Issue 5 (Link Here)
- Jackie Robinson, Issue 6 (Link Here)
#3 Jackie Robinson #4 Jackie Robinson
#5 Jackie Robinson #6 Jackie Robinson
"Save and Win" Jackie Robinson Dime Bank Box
This is the most common of the four items available through the comic.
Jackie Robinson Trophy Jackie Robinson Bust/Piggy Bank
The trophy on the below left is scarce. I've only seen it available for sale a handful of times. The piggy bank bust of Jackie is more common, but buyer beware. From what I understand, several decades later the the bust was recast and reissued. So there are reproductions out there. BTW, both items below are bronze plated.
Jackie Robinson Rabbit Foot
This last item is the rarest of all. As an Lelands auction in 2015 said, this is the holy grail for Jackie Robinson collectors. Shown below is a Jackie Robinson lucky rabbit foot and I've only seen this for sale once in my short life. The below example sold for $2,001.55 in July 2015.
1948 Jackie Robinson Baseball Game
Gotham Pressed Steal Corporation
1950's Jackie Robinson Pocket Baseball Game
1951 "Batter Up" Jackie Robinson Baseball game
#5 - 1950 Pocket Television Theatre - Flipbook
How to Hit
This is one of my favorites. A checklist indicated within this book says there is a second Robinson flipbook titled "How to Bunt", but I have never seen it. I am uncertain if that one exist at all.
BTW, I have one of these in my collection and made a youtube video featuring this book getting flipped. See that below.
Below is video of this getting flipped:
1950 Jackie Robinson Doll
Produced by Allied Grand Doll Manufacturing.This was sold in several different ways. It came in the below big gift box that includes a jacket, miniature bat, paper grass field and the pocket baseball game. It may have also included a copy of the Jackie Robinson comic #1. The doll was also sold individually in its own box. You can see that below.
#NNO - 1952 Wheaties Tin Tray
This metal tray measures 4 7/8" x 5 1/8".
1954 Jackie Robinson "Major League All-Stars Barnstorming Tour" Program
Jackie Robinson All-Stars Barnstorming Team Souvenir Pennant
1950's Advertising Ink Blotter
1950's Leather Goods
Artwork by Willard Mullin
1950's Petitto Studios Jackie Robinson Candy Container
There's an interesting story to this item. From my understanding, a big warehouse find in the 80's uncovered a whole bunch of these Robinson candy containers. So, it is rather plentiful as vintage collectibles go. On the other hand, the find only included the bronze-colored bust and not the clear plastic container that held the candy. As a result, a complete container including the bust and plastic container often sell for a huge premium.
1950's Cane Handle
From my understanding, a large treasure trove of these handles were found in the 80's. Also, I believe these were either sold or given away as a prize at carnivals.
Post Career Memorabilia
1962 Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon Press Pass
1964 Hall of Fame Bust
1982 USPS Stamp - Scott #2016
1998 USPS Stamp - Scott #3186c
Originally sold in a collectors sheet.
2000 USPS Stamp - #3408a
Originally sold in a collectors sheet.
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