Following the 1956 World Series, the Brooklyn Dodgers went on a trip to Japan to play some exhibition games. On the way they stopped over in Hawaii to play three tune-up games, then to Japan for 18 more. Upon returning to the states, Robinson learned the Dodgers had traded him and he responded by retiring, making images in uniform from the tour his last games in a baseball uniform ever! The offered photograph was taken by E.F. Collins of Hawaii and captures Jackie with bat in hand, looking over the field in Honolulu with a packed house behind him. A powerful image in great shape, this is the only example we have ever seen in the hobby. It is impossible to accurately date blank backed photos (despite what some experts will claim) and the best you can do is offer a window of when a photograph was produced based on the gelatin and paper fibers. This is a fiber backed print that does not glow under a black light, and is consistent with late 1950's or early 1960's photographic paper which fits well within our five year window for a Vintage 1 print. There is a sticker residue on the back which has significantly yellowed with age and the photo essentially remains here in perfect condition with a few minor cracks on the old gelatin surface which is acceptable for a 60 year old print. One of the more powerful images of Robinson we have offered considering his career was already over when it was snapped, he just didn't know it yet!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 9.5/10