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Boxing Cards and Autographs

  15 Lots      

Lot 417.  1925 W529-1 Boxing Set of 10 Cards Including Jack Dempsey and a W529-6 Card. The set consists of #1 Dundee f (uneven right border), 2 Carpentier p, 3 O’Dowd (chipped upper right corner; otherwise) g-vg, 4 Beckett (trimmed to 1 ¼” x 2 3/8”) vg appearance as trimmed, 5 Tendler p, 6 Fulton g-vg, 7 Benny Leonard p+, 8 Britton (writing on back) f-g front, 9 Dempsey p-f and 10 Kilbane g+. Carpentier is the subject of the W529-6 card, which is trimmed to 1 ¼” x 2 3/8. As trimmed, it has a g appearance.
Winning Bid $50     

Lot 418.  “Muhammad Ali who once was Cassius Clay” Autographed 1967 Hardback. Mint 9 Ali signature on the title page of this scarce 1967 John Cottrell book, which is vg-ex ex in a g-vg dust jacket. This is the Funk & Wagnalls edition of Cottrell’s book, which was also published in 1967 by Frederick Muller of London as “Man of Destiny: The story of Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay.” Funk & Wagnalls was a division of Reader’s Digest Books. Both books have the same text. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Winning Bid $196     

Lot 419.  Muhammad Ali and Author Signed Biography: “King of the World.” Written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick, this 1998 stated first edition hardback places Ali’s life in the context of his times. The book and dust jacket are nm-m. Ali’s autograph on the title page is mint 9 to gem mint 10. So is Remnick’s. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $138     

Lot 420.  Ali Signed First Edition Hardback – “The Greatest: Muhammad Ali.” Ali added a mint 9 autograph to the title page of this 2001 stated first edition hardback by Walter Dean Myers, an award-winning author of books for young adults. The 172-page book from Scholastic Press is nm-m in an ex+ dust jacket. Authentication is by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $138     

Lot 421.  Signed Muhammad Ali Biography – “Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champion.” Audrey Edwards, with Gary Wohl, wrote this 1977 biography, which was published by Little, Brown and Co. The book is ex with a vg-ex dust jacket. Kevin Keating authenticated Ali’s signature, which is mint 9 on the title page.
Winning Bid $125     

Lot 422.  “Muhammad Ali Through the Eyes of the World” Signed by Ali and His Daughter Hana. The flyleaf of this 2001 hardback is signed by both Muhammad Ali and Hana Ali. With a foreword by Lennox Lewis and compiled by Mark Collings, the book offers perspectives on Ali by more than 50 writers. They include Veronica Anderson, Ali’s third wife; Maya Angelou, Billy Crystal, Angelo Dundee, Berry Gordy, Dustin Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Mark Kram, Mike Marqusee, Ferdie Pacheco, Dick Schaap, Bert Sugar, Ernie Terrell, Jose Torres and Chuck Wepner. The 482-page book is nm-m in an ex-m dust jacket. The autographs on the title page are mint 9. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $125     

Lot 423.  Muhammad Ali Signed Feb. 1975 “Sport” Naming Him “Performer of the Year” for 1974. The year was exceptional for Ali. He retained part of the heavyweight title by winning a decision over Joe Frazier. And then he regained the world championship by knocking out George Forman in Zaire. Ali’s autograph on the cover is nm-m 8 to mint 9. Kevin Keating authenticated it.
Winning Bid $113     

Lot 424.  Autographed “Muhammad Ali: The Holy Warrior.” Mint 9 to gem mint 10 signature on the title page of this 1975 first edition 8.5” x 11” softcover by Don Atyeo and Felix Dennis. This “illustrated biography” contains 111 pages of text and photos covering Ali from his boyhood through his epic championship fight in Zaire with George Foreman. Ex-m book. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature.
Winning Bid $152     

Lot 425.  Muhammad Ali Signed Copy of “Great Moments in Sports: The Muhammad Ali Story.” Nm-m 8 autograph on a somewhat dark background. The Winter edition of the 1976-77 magazine contains 80 pages of articles and color and b&w photos. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $92     

Lot 426.  14 Boxing Autographs – Teddy Atlas, Lou Nova (HoF), Sugar De Leon, Etc. All are on lined index cards unless otherwise noted. For a time, Atlas helped Cus D’Amato to train Mike Tyson. His greatest success as a trainer came with Michael Moorer. He currently serves as a boxing commentator with ESPN. A member of the Boxing Hall of Fame, Nova (died 1991) was a heavyweight contender who twice defeated Max Baer and unsuccessfully took on Joe Louis and Tony Galento. Carlos “Sugar” de Leon won and lost and cruiserweight title on several occasions. The other autographs are by Terrence Alli (2), Jimmy Burgess, Aaron Davis, Kenny Mitchell (1990 WBO super bantamweight champ), Domenico Monaco, Leon Cat Taylor and Harold Weston. Taylor had a promising career ruined by drugs; he now is a trainer. Three autographs are unidentified. The signatures of Nova, Mitchell and Weston are on unlined cards; the others are on the lined side. They average nm-m 8. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $15     

Lot 427.  José Torres, Hall of Fame Boxer, Signed Copy of Mike Tyson’s Biography. Torres also wrote a biography of Muhammad Ali. Light heavyweight champion from 1965-66, he also served as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission from 1983-88 and president of the World Boxing Organization from 1993-95. He passed away in 2009. Torres’ book on Tyson is titled “Fire & Fear: The Inside Story of Mike Tyson.” He signed the dedication page of the 1989 apparent first edition hardback. His personalized signature is huge, mint 9 and authenticated by Kevin Keating. The book and dust jacket are ex.
Winning Bid $7     

Lot 428.  Dave Anderson Signed “In the Corner: Great Boxing Trainers Talk About Their Art.” Nm-m 8 title page personalized autograph by Anderson, Pulitzer Prize winning sports writer. Red Smith is the only other writer to win the award for sports commentary. From 1966-2007, Anderson was the sports columnist at the “New York Times.” In this book, he provides an inside look at boxing from the perspective of such trainers as Angelo Dundee, Ray Arcel and Eddie Futch. A stated first edition hardback, it is ex-m in a similar dust jacket. It is relatively scarce, and the value of this copy is enhanced by the autograph of one of the best sports writers ever. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $7     

Lot 429.  “Don Dunphy at Ringside” Autographed First Edition Book. Dunphy was one of boxing’s most recognizable voices. During his career, he broadcast more than 2,000 fights. For his excellence, he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class, the National Radio Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. In his book, he describes his career in boxing and provides details from many fights, including the Joe Louis-Billy Conn championship bout. His signature, dated 3/8/93, follows a lengthy personalized inscription on the first title page. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, the autograph is mint 9. The 1988 stated first edition hardback is ex-m, and the dust jacket, vg+ to ex. Dunphy passed away in 1998 a couple of weeks after his 90th birthday.
Winning Bid $17     

Lot 430.  Jim Beam 1973 Rocky Marciano Decanter. Made by Regal China, this decanter has a relief portrait of Marciano on the front and his undefeated career record on the back. The decanter is up to 6” across, 10.5” tall and 3.25” deep. Ex-m+. Marciano won all 49 of his professional fights, 43 by knockout. He retired undefeated in 1956. In 1969, he died the day before his 46th birthday in a small-airplane crash.
Winning Bid $35     

Lot 431.  Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis and Other Boxing Memorabilia. Dempsey sits in his corner in an unidentified ring in a real-photo postcard. Ex+. A menu from Dempsey’s restaurant in New York has a 1970 date written on it. Folded once, it has a staple hole and several spots of paper loss. James Montgomery Flagg’s painting of the Dempsey-Jess Willard championship fight is reproduced on the cover. Louis has the cover of the June 1948 issue of “Sport” to himself. Vg+. Grantland Rice writes about Louis inside. Other feature articles cover Bob Feller, George Kell, Babe Didrikson and Mel Ott. In the June 16, 1946 New York “Sunday News,” Louis and Billy Conn are shown facing each other in the ring in a two-page 15” x 21.5” color spread. It has a couple of unobtrusive tears and would look great framed. The two boxers met three days later in the first televised world championship bout. Louis knocked Conn out, as he did when they met in 1941. This group also includes a magazine or book page showing Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in the “Thrilla’ in Manila” and the 1913 “Championship Records” guide compiled by Thomas Andrews. The covers are missing. Of 192 pages, 132 contain boxing information.
Winning Bid $20     

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