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    Really interesting historical pick-up

    As you may know, a significant focus of my collection is the Integration and Jackie Robinson. To me, Jackie's story transcends sports, and was one of the proudest sports moments in history. A time when sports showed that it could use it fame and publicity to take a massive step forward for society.

    There were many people instrumental in Jackie Robinson becoming the first black player. One person who supported Jackie throughout the process was A.B. "Happy" Chandler. Chandler became the commissioner of baseball after the death of Kennesaw "Mountain" Landis in 1944. And while it does not seem that Landis was against black players (as is sometimes portrayed), the "great experiment" did not happen under his watch. It was under former senator Chandler who took over in 1945 and was the commissioner during the transformative period that included the end of WWII and the years following.

    As the pictures show, I was able to pick up an original signed copy of the contract that Landis and the owners signed making him commissioner. The contract is signed by Chandler along with a representative from each team. Those include all-time great Eddie Collins, Branch Rickey (who would sign Jackie), Connie Mack, Clark Griffiths etc.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails 1945 Happy Chandler Commissioner Contract 2.jpg   1945 Happy Chandler Commissioner Contract 4.jpg   1945 Happy Chandler Commissioner Contract 5.jpg   1945 Happy Chandler Commissioner Contract 6.jpg   1945 Happy Chandler Commissioner Contract 7.jpg  


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    woah!!! great pick up

    Very unique item

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    Nice line up of executive signatures. Chandler lived to a ripe old age and his signatures are not hard, but many of those other sigs are a lot tougher.

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    Congrats! The signatures are really nice.

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    That is outstanding.
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    Great piece, enjoy!
    Currently looking for: 2012 Ultra football (1992 style) #31 Rudy and Gold parallel version of 2011 Bowman Platinum Chase Utley #94.

    Always looking for: 2008 BC Jake Peavy Orange Refractors /25, have 6 so far.

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    Wow! Anytime you post a new pick up I'm amazed. Really glad you share these historical pieces here

    Bring me your Bickford, Ryan McMahon, Senzatela and Peter Lambert cards
    Please note: Card collecting is my hobby, not my life. I don't take it that serious and like to keep it fun.

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    GREAT pick up!!!! As an autograph collector, I'm totally envious. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!
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    Holy crap...


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    That's some next level stuff. Congratulations.
    Looking for 2011 Topps Marquee Museum autographs, rare Frank Thomases and Grady Sizemores I don't have

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    Awesome pickup.

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    Absolutely incredible. Owning this kind of historical piece is incredible.

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    that's a wonderful piece!

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    Thanks everyone! I really view it from what I feel the historical significance is and less for the autographs (initially I was almost upset about the autographs, since I figured it would have been much cheaper without it, but I do think having them all together like this is really cool.)

    For me, it is one more piece in a visual/collectible puzzle of the Jackie Robinson story, even if most people wouldn't necessarily view it that way.

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    Fantastic piece..

    The stuff you post just amazes me where you dig this stuff up..

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