Monday, April 11, 2016

Jackie Robinson Baseball Card/Memorabilia Checklist - Part II - 1950's and Beyond

On the heals of tonight's premier of the Ken Burns' Jackie Robinson Documentary here is Part II of my checklist of Baseball cards and memorabilia featuring the legendary Hall of Famer.  You can check out Part I (1940's) here.  This listing includes the cards from his playing days in the 1950's and an handful of other cards (post-retirement) that I thought were noteworthy.  Later this week I will post up Part III (Link Here), and it will show various oddball Jackie items.  As you can imagine, this checklist is certain to not be entirely complete, so if you run across something I missed please let me know.


#22 - 1950 Bowman

#NNO - 1950 All-Star Baseball "Pin-Ups"

Issued in a book consisting of ten different players, each card is perforated and can be separated from the booklet.  They measure 7" diameter.

#91 - 1950 R423

This small card (measuring just 5/8" x 7/8") and is very scarce.  It is a strip card that was originally distributed in strip of 13 different players.  The reverse are in either orange, green or purple. 


#NNO - 1951 Topps Teams Brooklyn Dodgers

#NNO - 1951 Bowman's Cocktail Lounge Postcard

An very scarce advertising postcard for Bowman's Cocktail Lounge on St. Nicholas Place at 155th Street, New York City.  Featured are Roy Campanella, Dan Bankhead, Don Newcombe, and Jackie Robinson with Lawson Bowman. 


#312 - 1952 Topps

#NNO - 1952 Berk Ross

#NNO - 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers Schedule Cards

There appears to be at least three different backs.  See them below.

#NNO - Exhibit 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Blank Back

#79-G - 1952 Star-Cal Decal Type I

#91-B - 1952 Star-Cal Decal Type 2


#1 - 1953 Topps

#19 - 1953 Canadian Exhibit - Blank Back


#10 - 1954 Topps

#NNO - 1954 All-Star Photo Pack - Blank Back

A part of a 24 photo set originally sold at stadium concession stands.  They measure 6" x 8 3/4", and are white bordered with the players name on a white strip on the bottom.

#NNO - 1954 NY Journal-American


#50 - 1955 Topps

#NNO - 1955 Topps Advertising Panel

Is a part of an 3-card panel that was distributed by Topps salesman to various retail outlets.  The other players on this panel include Bill Taylor and Curt Roberts.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a photo of this card.

#25/#26 - 1955 Topps Doubleheader
Jackie Robinson and Don Hoak

#16 - 1955 Topps Hocus Focus

Extremely rare.  These cards measure 7/8" x 1 3/8".  They were originally distributed as undeveloped paper that the collector would have to wet and expose to light.  Then an imagine would appear.

#NNO - 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Photo Pack - Blank Back

A Brooklyn Dodgers team photo pack sold at stadium concession stands.  They measure 5" x 7" and are part of a 12-photo set.

#NNO - Exhibit 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Blank Back

#NNO - 1955 Golden Stamp Book


 1956 Topps

#14 - 1956 Topps Hocus Focus

Very similar to the Hocus Focus cards issued the prior season, these cards are slightly larger in size (measuring 1" x 1-5/8").

#NNO - 1956 Topps Pin

These pins measure 1 1/8" in diameter and uses the same portrait his Topps card this year.

#NNO - 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers Photo Pack - Blank Back

Like in past years the Dodgers reused the same photo from the 1955 team photo pack for their 1956 photo pack.  There is also an World Champion version of the set that also looks exactly the same.  

#NNO - Exhibit 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Blank Back


#NNO - 1950's JJK Copyart Photos/Postcard

This card is available with a blank back and as a postcard back.

#NNO - 1950's WNBC Photocard

During his ballplaying career Jackie also worked for WNBC.  He had his own radio show where he spoke to other famous sports personalities.  Measures 5 3/4" x 7 1/2".

Notable Post-Career Cards

#53 - 1960 Nu-Card Baseball Hi-Lites
Robinson Saves Dodgers for Playoffs

#428 - 1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops
Robinson Saves Dodgers for Playoffs

#5 - 1964 Topps Rookie All-Star Baseball Banquet - Blank Back

A part of a 35-card set was distributed to guests attending the annual dinner honoring the recipients of Topps' Rookie All-Star Team. The dinner took place at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel the evening of October 22, 1964.

#184 - 1967 Topps Venezuelan Retirado

#2 - 1973 Topps 1953 Reprint

A test issue.

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  1. The images for the 55T and 56T are switched.

    1. No problem. You posted like a dozen cards I've never even seen before so i don't blame you if your brain's a bit scrambled after all that research.


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