Lot 289. 1938 Churchman “Boxing Personalities” Set of 50. This quality set is loaded with boxing greats – #3 Baer ex-m, 6 Braddock nm, 7 Carnera ex-m+, 8 Carpentier nm+, 12 Dempsey ex-m, 10 Johnson ex-m+, 26 Louis ex-m, 34 Schmeling ex-m+, 35 Tunney nm+ and others. The other cards range generally from ex-m to nm.
Winning Bid $113
Lot 290. Jack Dempsey Signed Handwritten Letter. Written on stationery for Dempsey’s Broadway restaurant, the undated letter transmits a photo. The letter was folded once horizontally and is creased at the top. Dempsey’s mint 9 autograph, in vintage steel-tipped pen, has been authenticated by Kevin Keating. Dempsey was the world heavyweight champion from 1919-26. He is in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He died in 1983.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 291. Joe Louis Autograph. Vintage steel-tipped pen signature on the bottom half of a 5.5” x 8” page, possible from a book. Louis was one of the greatest of the heavyweights. ESPN ranked him 11th on its list of greatest athletes of the 20th century. Muhammad Ali was the only boxer rated higher. Louis won 54 of 71 fights (76 percent) by knockout. During World War II, he donated his purses from two bouts to the war effort. He also fought 96 exhibitions before U.S. troops in Europe, North Africa and the U.S. When he was called “a credit to his race,” Jimmy Cannon, a sportswriter, said, “Yes, Louis is a credit to his race – the human race.” Louis passed away in 1981. His mint 9 autograph has been authenticated by Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication. JSA's Auction Letter of Authenticity is exchangeable for a full LoA at a discount.
Winning Bid $204
Lot 292. 16 Boxing Autographs – Duran, Hagler, Hearns, Holmes, Pep, Schmeling, Walcott, Etc. These autographs, on various media, are from the Bert Sugar collection. Unless otherwise noted, they are nm-m 8 or better and personalized to Sugar. We list the signer and the item he signed: Ray Arcel, signed as “Ray” a 1989 note on his 5.5” x 8.25” letterhead; Marvelous Marvin Hagler, large and bold on a 1981 release form giving permission for his photo to be used in “Ring Magazine”; Thomas Hit Man Hearns (not personalized) and Roberto Duran, each on a 5.25” x 8.25” flyer with his image for Tecate beer; an unsigned flyer with a photo of Sugar; Larry Holmes on a 5” x 7” color photo (personalized, not to Sugar); Don King, 8” x 10” b&w photo, personalized to Sugar as “a fantastic person & writer extraordinaire”; Gus Lesnevich (died 1964), on an 8” x 10” magazine photo; Ray Mancini, 8” x 10” b&w photo, to Sugar as “The Mad Hatter”; Lou Nova (d. 1991), 8” x 10” b&w photo dated 1950, creases on the photo; Gaspar Ortega, 8” x 10” b&w; Vinny Paz, signed note on his 5.5” x 8.5” letterhead; Willie Pep, 8.5” x 11” b&w; Max Schmeling (d. 2005), 1991 AW Sports card matted to 8” x 14.5” with a b&w photo (not pers.); Chico Vejar, 4.25” x 6” color photo, to Sugar as “a man I admire”; and Jersey Joe Walcott (d. 1994), flyer for a 1961 Varsity Club dinner in Washington, D.C., no personalization. Except for Paz and Vejar, all of these boxers are in the World Boxing Hall of Fame, the International Boxing Hall of Fame, or both. Great autographs especially collectible because of their connection to Bert Sugar. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $100