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Robinson rookie bat sells for $478,000


NEW YORK — Jackie Robinson’s bat “definitively attributed” to his 1947 rookie season sold for $478,000 during Heritage Auction’s sale that ended Aug. 28. Herb Pennock’s 1927 World Series ring with the 1927 New York Yankees fetched $203,150. Eight other six-figure purchases were Topps or Sporting News cards, from Ruth, Koufax and Rose rookies to early cards of Ryan, Alcindor, Mantle, Mays and Aaron.

The attribution was based on a letter written by Brooklyn Dodgers season ticket holder Margaret C. Payne in 1992. The letter stated in part: “During this season I had season tickets for night, Saturday and Sunday Brooklyn Dodgers home games. I was known by the players and team personnel as I and my friends used to stand by the player runway under the stands and give the players tootsie-roll lollipops before the game. At one of the games, I saw Jackie Robinson crack this bat during his turn at bat. Immediately after this game, I ran down to the player’s runway, contacted the Dodger batboy, and asked him for the cracked bat.”

A night earlier the Conlon Photographic Archive with almost 7,500 photos sold for almost $1.8 million. All told, the Heritage summer sale scored more than $13.7 million.

A Boston Braves cap worn by Babe Ruth in his final major league game sold for $167,300; and Maurice Richard’s NHL All-Star sweater from 1947 sold for $890,625.

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