As the first Black player to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson’s contributions to the sport and overall culture, period, will always be remembered.
That being said, one auction house couldn’t believe how much one of Robinson’s jerseys fetched recently.
According to NBC Dallas Fort Worth, the only known surviving jersey from Robinson’s historic 1947 rookie season with the then-Brooklyn Dodgers sold for a whopping $2.05 million at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions on Sunday.
“The auction price smashed Heritage’s own previous world record of $573,600 for a post-war game worn jersey, a 1955 rookie model from Robinson’s teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax,” Heritage Auctions said in a statement to NBC DFW, attempting to explain the significance of the $2.05 million price.
Take a look at the rare jersey below.
According to ESPN, the jersey was accompanied by a letter from Robinson’s widow, Rachel, validating its authenticity by saying it was the very garment Jackie brought home after his 1947 season.
Details about the buyer of the jersey are currently unknown.
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