Get a Limited-Edition First Day Supercard
Honoring Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson
Measuring approximately 10x8 inches, this limited-edition supercard is a must-have for any sports fan, and is suitable for framing. It features the 1982 Black Heritage stamp honoring Jackie Robinson and the 2000 Legends of Baseball stamp that honored him. Both stamps are tied to the cover by a pictorial first day of issue cancel. The card also includes a large color photo of Robinson plus his stats and playing record. It’s like having an over-sized baseball card, with the added fun of US stamps! You’ll want to order yours now.
A look back on Jackie’s impressive career…
Born on January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, Robinson excelled at sports from a young age, and was honored as the region’s Most Valuable Player in baseball in 1938. He played semi-professionally until being drafted into the Army during World War II, though he never saw combat.
In 1945, Robinson played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro-American League. Then he met Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who believed it was time to integrate Major League Baseball. He knew the first black player in the major leagues couldn’t be just anyone – he needed someone that could face the harsh criticism of the media and be able to “turn the other cheek.” And he found the man for the job – Jackie Robinson.
In 1945, history was made when Robinson signed a contract with the Montreal Royals, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ best farm team. His debut with the Royals on April 18, 1946, was legendary. In five at-bats, he hit a three-run homer and three singles, stole two bases, and scored four times. Robinson was promoted to the Dodgers the following spring. He played his first major league game on April 15, 1947, a defining moment not only in sports but also in history. Robinson earned respect as a baseball player because of his talents as a fielder, batter, and daring base runner.
Robinson’s career was full of great moments. In 1947, he was named Rookie of the Year. One of his best years was 1949, when he batted .342, scored 122 runs, and had 124 runs batted in. He was the National League’s Most Valuable Player that year. In 1962, Robinson was the first black player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.