Lot 333. 12 Boxing Exhibit Cards (8 HoFers) and a Postcard – Nelson, Robinson, Saddler, Etc. The cards in this collection are: 1921 Battling Nelson vg+. 1928 Fritzie Zivic p-f. 1930s-50s: Ingemar Johannson ex-m, Roland La Starza vg+ to ex, Harry Matthews vg+ to ex, Freddie Miller vg-ex, Manuel Ortiz g-vg, Floyd Patterson vg-ex, Sugar Ray Robinson vg+, Sandy Saddler ex, Tommy Yarosz f and Paddy Young ex. Also, a postcard of Mike Conroy, g front, back damage. All but La Starza, Matthews, Yarosz, Young and Conroy are in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 335. 1951 Berk Ross Doubles #2-13 Sugar Ray Robinson and 2-15 Emil Sitko PSA NM 7. PSA assigned a grade of NM 7 to this pair of cards featuring Robinson, the Hall of Fame boxing great, and Sitko, an All-American fullback at Notre Dame and College Football Hall of Fame member who played professionally for the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Cardinals. On ESPN’s list of top athletes of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis were the only boxers ranked ahead of Robinson.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 336. Muhammad Ali Signed 11” x 14” Color Photo from His 1965 Bout with Sonny Liston. Ali stands over Liston in the first round of their May 25 rematch in Lewiston, ME. The knockout enabled Ali to retain the world heavyweight championship. Ali’s autograph is mint 9. It’s been authenticated by both Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication. The photo is mounted on a 15” x 18” plaque with an engraved plate saying “Muhammad Ali ‘The Greatest’.”
Winning Bid $218
Lot 337. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier Signed “Sports Illustrated” Before the “Thrilla in Manila.” Fantastic vintage sharpie signatures of Ali and Frazier make for a fantastic display item. Ali and Frazier are pictured on the cover of the Sept. 15, 1975 issue with promoter Don King. When two of boxing’s best heavyweights met two weeks later in the Philippines, Ali scored a TKO and retained his world heavyweight title. Ali’s autograph is mint 9, and Frazier’s, nm-m 8 to mint 9. The issue, which has a mailing label, is vg-ex and complete. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $240
Lot 338. 1938 “News Pictorial” Poster with Armstrong-Ambers Lightweight Title Fight Photos. On Aug. 17, 1938 in New York, Henry Armstrong claimed the world lightweight championship with a 15-round decision over Lou Ambers. He already held the featherweight and welterweight titles. Produced by the Elliott Service Co. of New York, the poster has two action photos from the fight and images of Ambers and Armstrong afterwards. From the photos, it looks as if Ambers won! ESPN has ranked Armstrong as the third greatest boxer of all-time, behind only Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali. Ambers held the world lightweight crown from Sept. 3, 1936 until he lost it to Armstrong. He regained it by beating Armstrong in 1939 and held it until 1940. The main image area of the poster displays as vg-ex. It has pin holes in the corners and a chip in the upper right corner. Both boxers are in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Minimum Bid $20
Lot 339. Lou Ambers Collection of 5 Autographed Photos. Born Luigi Giuseppe d'Ambrosio, Ambers was one of the best lightweights of the 1930s. On Sept. 3, 1936, he defeated Tony Canzoneri for the world lightweight championship; lost it to Henry Armstrong on Aug. 17, 1938; took it back from Armstrong on Aug. 22, 1939; and then lost it to Lew Jenkins on May 10, 1940. After that, he retired to operate a restaurant and work in public relations. He is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He died in 1995. Ambers’ autographs are nm-m 8 and better on: 1. A vintage 5” x 8” image that shows him as relatively young and the “Former Lightweight Champion.” 2. A 7” x 9” photo that shows him standing over Steve Halaiko in a 1934 bout; Ambers lost. 3. A 3.5” x 5” snapshot showing him in 1995 with a fan. 4. A 3.5” x 5” posed photo with a personalized autograph. And 5. A 5.5” x 8.25” photo of him working as a blacksmith at an anvil. Below this autograph, he added his nickname, “The Herkimer Hurricane.” Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Minimum Bid $60
Lot 340. Henry Armstrong Autographed Autobiography “Gloves, Glory and God.” Born a cotton sharecropper’s son in Mississippi, Armstrong became one of boxing’s best. In fact, ESPN ranks only two boxers better – ever – Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali. Before the proliferation of boxing weight classes, there were only eight, and in 1938, Armstrong held three of them. Despite his success in the ring, Armstrong was never wealthy. In some cases, he was poorly paid, and in others, he was cheated out of his money. After he retired, he beat alcoholism and became an ordained Baptist minister. Armstrong was 75 when he died in 1988. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. His autograph, followed by his Los Angeles address, is mint 9 on the flyleaf of the book, a 1955 apparent first edition published by the Fleming H. Revell Co. The book is vg-ex in a vg price-clipped dust jacket that has a small stain. JSA Authentication and Kevin Keating authenticated Armstrong's autograph. The JSA Auction Letter of Authenticity may be exchanged at a discount for a full LoA.
Winning Bid $125
Lot 341. Rare Autograph of Boxer Milt Aron (Aronson) on an 8” x 10” B&W Photo. Born Milton Aronson, the son of a rabbi, in Dubuque, IA, in 1917, Aron beat some of the top boxers of his era but never received a title shot. He boxed as a lightweight and featherweight, but primarily as a welterweight and middleweight. His 65-13-7 record includes victories over Chuck Wood, Kid Berg, Leonard Bennett and Fritzie Zivic and a competitive bout that he lost to Sammy Angott. Aron’s autograph is nm-m 8 to mint 9. He added the date he signed – June 25, 1939, the day before he scored a TKO in Chicago over Berg, who was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994. Aron was only 24 when a blood infection claimed his life on March 6, 1942. His autograph comes with a full Letter of Authenticity from JSA Authentication and has been authenticated also be Kevin Keating. Outstanding, tough autograph.
Winning Bid $83
Lot 342. Jack Kid Berg Autograph and a 1934 Title Bout Program. Berg’s autograph is on a handwritten note to a fan. Kevin Keating authenticated the nm-m 8 autograph. On Oct. 29, 1934, Berg scored a TKO over Harry Mizler to claim the British lightweight championship. The 16-page program is vg with a vertical fold and light foxing on the front cover. The center folio is loose. The program, which is rare, and the signed note are accompanied by a brief unsigned note from Berg. He held the world junior lightweight title in 1930 and 1931. Pound-for-pound, Berg was considered one of the best boxers of his era. He died in 1991. Three years later he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 343. Billy Conn Autographed World War II Photo with Jack Dempsey and Freddie Mills. The b&w 6 5/8” x 8 ½” news service photo shows U.S. Army Corporal Conn (at right) squaring off against English Sgt. Mills, the lightweight champion of England. U.S. Coast Guard Commander Dempsey watches. Stamped on the back Nov. 16, 1944, the International News Service photo is vg with several pin holes in the borders. Probably best known for almost defeating Joe Louis in a 1941 heavyweight championship fight, Conn held the light heavyweight title from 1939-41. His career included a streak of 27 consecutive victories, including wins against Fritzie Zivic, Babe Risko, Vince Dundee and Teddy Yarosz. Later he starred in a movie about himself, “The Pittsburgh Kid.” He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and ESPN placed him at 31st on its list of all-time greatest boxers. Conn’s autograph, authenticated by Kevin Keating, is large and mint 9 in the bottom border of the photo. Conn passed away in 1993. Great autograph on an excellent vintage photo.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 344. Vintage Autographs of Jack Dempsey and Various Wrestlers, Including 3 HoFers! Dempsey and Frank Sexton’s autographs, dated 1946, are nm-m 8 to mint 9 on a 2.25” x 3.75” card. Dempsey, one of the top boxers of the 20th century, died in 1983. Sexton was a wrestling star of the 1940s, when many regional wrestling associations dominated the sport. From June 1945-March 1949, he was the Boston American Wrestling Association world heavyweight champion. A separate 4.25” x 5.5” page is signed by Ernie Dusek (d. 1994), a member of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. From Omaha, which is noted on the page, Dusek and his brother, Emil, were tag team stars variously known as the Nebraska or Dusek “Riot Squad.” Dusek’s pencil signature is nm-m 8. An autograph we can’t identify has been mounted on the page. A third sheet, 4” x 6”, contains the autographs of Ruffy Silverstein (d. 1980), Mike Mazurki (d. 1990), Juan Humberto and George Tragos, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame who trained wrestling champion Lou Thesz. Silverstein was an NCAA wrestling champion who later held American Wrestling Association titles. In the 1940s, Humberto held the National Wrestling Alliance heavyweight title for Texas. Mazurki was a professional wrestler and actor. From 1934-90, he appeared in more than 100 films. He was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 345. Jack Dempsey Signed Photo Authenticated by Kevin Keating and JSA Authentication. Dempsey held the world heavyweight boxing title from 1919-26. He defeated Jess Willard to claim the title and then successfully defended it against such challengers as Georges Carpentier and Luis Firpo. On its list of top athletes of the 20th century, ESPN rated only Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano ahead of him among boxers. Dempsey died in 1983. He is in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. A sepia 7.75” x 9.5” photo, likely printed in the 1950s from an earlier negative, provides a close-up of Dempsey in training gear. His mint 9 to gem mint autograph is personalized to “My Pal Bill.” A full JSA Authentication Letter of Authenticity comes with the autograph, and Kevin Keating has also authenticated the signature.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 346. Signed Copy of “Jack Dempsey’s Sports Magazine,” Vol. 1, No. 1, May 1938. Dempsey autographed page 3 of his ambitious 40-page magazine, which offers articles by or attributed to Lou Gehrig, Damon Runyon, Benny Leonard, Lawson Little and Dempsey himself. The magazine covers, detached from the pages, are also detached from each other and have some edge tears. The pages are vg+ to ex. Dempsey’s autograph, on his page introducing the magazine, is nm-m 8 in pencil. Kevin Keating authenticated it.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 347. Tommy Gomez Autograph, Cigar Box and Cigars. Fighting out of Florida where he was known as “Tampa Tommy,” Gomez was one of the better boxers who never received a title shot. Because of his powerful punches, some top fighters avoided him. “Ring Magazine” named him one of the top 100 punchers of all-time. In 86 professional fights, his record was 75-9-2. Sixty-five wins were by knockout. After boxing, he entered the insurance business and also marketed his own line of cigars. His autograph is on the back of a 1989 check made out to him. Nm-m 8. A “Tommy Gomez Champs” cigar box is ex, measures 8.5” x 6.75” x 2.75” and holds 26 cigars, each with a wrapper imprinted with his name. One of Gomez' business cards is also included. Gomez’ boxing career was interrupted by World War II. At age 25, he sustained 16 shrapnel wounds in the Battle of the Bulge and spent six months in a French hospital. He died in 2006. In 2010, he was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame. Kevin Keating authenticated Gomez’ autograph.
Minimum Bid $50