Lot 278. 5 Boxing Cards – Leaf, Topps, Churchman – All with HoFers. Leaf issued two of these cards in 1948: #20 Greb vg-ex and 77 Canzoneri vg-ex. The Topps cards are 1951 Ringside #45 Ross f and 1954 Scoop #71 Sullivan Beaten (by Jim Corbett) ex. Henry Armstrong is the subject of 1938 Churchman Boxing Personalities card #2 vg+ to ex.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 279. Jack Dempsey 4.75” x 6” Photo Autographed and Dated “5/20/60.” ESPN rated Dempsey the 52nd best U.S. athlete of the 20th century, and only Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano were rated better boxers. He held the world heavyweight championship from 1919-26. His signature is nm-m 8 on a UPI photo apparently taken from a magazine. The same photo was used on the dust jacket of his 1960 autobiography “Dempsey.” Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph, which is personalized. Dempsey died in 1983.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 280. Scarce, Self-Published Signed Book – “Blood, Sweat & Cheers: The Pete Mead Story.” A middleweight, Mead fought professionally 56 times from 1942-51. He may be most widely recognized and remembered for his Feb. 25, 1949, fight with Joey DeJohn at Madison Square Garden. In a 1947 bout, Mead stopped DeJohn in the seventh round. The 1949 rematch is regarded as one of the bloodiest and greatest at the Garden. DeJohn floored Mead in the third and fifth rounds, but Mead knocked out his opponent in the seventh. “The Ring” magazine has listed the fight as one of the 10 best of the 20th century. In posting a 39-16-1 career record, Mead defeated such opponents as Tommy Merrill, Vince LsSalva, Jerry Fiorello, Herbie Kronowitz, Fritzie Zivic, Charley Zivic, Rueben Shank, the Cocoa Kidand Tony Masciarelli. In his last fight, he lost to Rocky Graziano. Mead’s 1989 first-edition paperback book, written with Jim Bailey and edited by Mead’s wife of 65 years, is ex-m. Mead signed inside the front cover. The mint 9 signature, authenticated by Kevin Keating, is personalized to “Gary.” Mead passed away in 2007. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $30
Lot 281. Willie Pep Signed Autobiography - Gem Mint 10 Autograph. Generally regarded as the all-time best featherweight, Pep won 95 percent (230) of his 242 bouts. He was the featherweight champion from 1942-48. On Oct. 29, 1948, he lost the title to Sandy Saddler, took it back on Feb. 11, 1949 and held it until Sept. 8, 1950, when Saddler knocked him out again. Pep’s signature is large, bold and personalized to “Frank” on the flyleaf of the 1973 apparent first edition hardback. Titled “Willie Pep remembers … Friday’s Heroes” and written with Robert Sacchi, the book is ex in a vg dust jacket. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature. Pep died in 2006. He is a member of the World and International Boxing Halls of Fame.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 282. Rare 19th Century Boxing Book – “Boxing” by R. G. Allanson-Winn. This 98-page 1890 hardback, in a 4.5” x 6.75” format, is illustrated with photos and drawings. This second edition has an illustrated front cover and is vg. It provides detailed instructions on various aspects of boxing. Born Rowland George Allanson Allanson-Winn, 5th Baron Headley, in 1855 in London, the author is better remembered for his conversion to and advocacy of Islam than his boxing prowess. He changed his name to Shaikh Rahmatullah al-Farooq, headed the British Muslim Society and wrote two books on Islam.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 283. Extremely Rare Booklet: “Hints on Boxing and Boxing Lessons” by Johnny Whittaker. This is one publication you won’t find by the dumpster load on the Internet. In fact, you may not find it at all. In a 5” x 6” format, the 1926 stated first edition softcover provides 27 pages of boxing instruction, along with a few advertisements from Columbus, OH. Whittaker may be the Chicago featherweight who fought from 1894-1912. The author takes credit for training Tommy Burns, Johnny Griffiths, Jack Perry, Patsy Doulliard, Young Harry Forbes, Frankie Callahan and Willie Ames. Ex.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 284. 100 Boxing Photographs, 31 Featuring HoF Members – Ali, Dempsey, Hearns, Robinson, Etc. Most of these photos are black & white, vintage (many 1930s-50s) and 6.5” x 8” or larger, many issued by wire services or taken from the files of newspapers. Condition ranges from g-vg to nm-m. Some photos have the boxer’s name added. We have noted wire photos and newspaper file photos with an asterisk (*), listed the sizes of smaller photos and indicated when the boxer is in street clothes (SC). Here is a complete list: Muhammad Ali in street clothes being check by a doctor as George Chuvalo looks on; Lou Ambers*: Sammy Angott vs Lew Jenkins* (corners clipped); Fred Apostoli and Young Corbett III* (5.5” x 8.5”); Henry Armstrong vs. Davy Day* (about 7” x 7”, irregular trim); Alex Arguello and Aaron Pryor, HBO promo photo, two corners clipped; Max Baer* (6.25” x 7.5”, irregular); Carmen Basilio and Eddie Beattie*; Tommy Burns (recent reproduction); Tony Canzoneri (recent, from a 1930s negative); Georges Carpentier and Francois Descamps* (4.75” x 5.75”); Marcel Cerdan (SC); Jim Corbett (reproduction); Johnny Coulon (reproduction); Jack Dempsey (7” x 8”, SC); Arthur Donovan (HoF referee, 5” x 7.5”); Bob Fitzsimmons (reproduction); George Foreman (with others on a promotional flyer); Bob Foster and Hal Carroll (from the files of “Boxing Illustrated); Rocky Graziano; Tommy Hearns (color photo); James Jeffries (reproduction, corners clipped); Carlos Ortiz*; Floyd Patterson and Santi Amonti (5.5” x 6.5”); Sugar Ray Robinson, 1957 after knocking down (and out) Gene Fullmer*; Edwin Rosario (NBC photo); Tommy Ryan; Max Schmeling (vintage 1937 photo, 4.75” x 5.25”); John L. Sullivan (reproduction, corners clipped); Jess Willard (reproduction, corners clipped); and Tony Zale*. Also, Honore Pratesi vs. Terry Allen*; A. L. Andrews; George Araujo*; Frank Archer* (SC); Joey Archibald (5” x 8” original promotional photo); Davey Armstrong vs. Daniel Riviera, 1981 fight original; Jack “Spider” Armstrong (Canadian, goalie pads); Irvin Axelrod (1920s sepia studio photo); Buddy Baier and Jack Doyle*; Gunnar Barlund; Sal Bartolo (SC) and Frank Allnutt (SC); Hogan Kid Bassey*; Frank Battaglia; Jackie Beard; Bernard Benton (5” x 7”); Melio Bettina vs. Tiger Jack Fox* (corners clippecd); Enrico Bertola; Nick Bozinis; Johnny Bratton* (4” x 5”); George “Knock Out” Brown (5” x 7”); Phil Burton vs. Joe Danos; Hector Camacho (color photo); Primo Carnera*; Jimmy Carolla and trainer Jimmy Brown (5.25” x 8”); Billy Collins; Jerry Cooney; Harold Dade; Freddie Dawson; Howard Davis; Tony DeMarco* (SC); Jimmy Ellis (1969 original, SC); Hilton “Fitzie” Fitzpatrick; Nick Florio (boxing trainer, 1940 6” x 8” photo); Tony Galento vs. Jorge Brescia (7” x 7”, irregular trim); Jackie Graves; Johnny Greco (5” x 7.5”); Walter Hafer (4” x 8”); Chet Harter (6” x 10”); Tom Henney* (British heavyweight champion, fought Tunney; SC); Tommy Hicks (color photo); Babe Hunt; Jack Larrimore; Edouardo Lausse; Al Bumble Bee Long (color photo); “Young Joe Louis” (5” x 7”); Carey Mace (4.75” x 6.75”); Ernesto Marcel with Armodio Ieaza, his manager, and trainger Phil Silver (SC); Al Nettlow; Claude Noel; Sean O’Grady; James J. Parker* (1956); Johnny Paycheck*; Vic Pignatore; Billy Pinti; Dwight Pratchett; Pete Rademacher; Ted Roberts* (6” x 8”, German welterweight champion); Jimmy Rocco; Gianfranco Rosi (4.25” x 6.5” color card); Andre Routis (SC); Johnny Saxton vs. Tony DeMarco*; Petey Scalzo; Marty Servo with two others ( SC); Chet Shandell; Ernie Shavers (4.5” x 7”); Battling Siki*; Eddie Simms; Pinklon Thomas; Paulie Walker; Jackie Wilson, and Jimmy Williams (corners clipped).
Winning Bid $55
Lot 285. 11 1980s Boxing Programs, 8 for Championship Fights. 1. March 15, 1983, Wembley (UK) Arena. Charlie Magri defeated Elioncio Mercedes for the world flyweight title. Vg-ex 24-page program. 2. April 15, 1984, Atlantic City. Harry Arroyo defeated Charlie Brown to claim the IBF lightweight championship. Ex, eight pages. 3. Sept. 1, 1984, Struthers, OH. Arroyo retained the IBF lightweight champion with a TKO of Brown. Ex, 16 pages. 4. Dec. 8, 1984, Buenos Aires. Santos Laciar defeated Hilario for the WBA world flyweight title. Vg-ex 28-page 5.5” x 7.5” Spanish-language program. 5. April 19, 1985, Inglewood, CA. Juan Meza defeated Mike Ayala for the WBC world super bantamweight championship, and Ruben Castillo took the WBC world super featherweight championship from Julio Cesar Chavez. Nm-m, 12 pages. 6. Dec. 12, 1985, Sydney, Australia. Jeff Fenech decisioned Jerome Coffee for the world bantamweight title. 7. Sept. 16, 1986, Syracuse, NY. A card including junior middleweight Matt Farrago and heavyweight Lou Vallar. Ex, 12 pages. 8. March 4, 1987, London. Terry Marsh scored a TKO to defeat champion Joe Manley for the IBF world light-welterweight title. Ex, 24 pages. 9. March 6, 1987, Antonio Esparragoza ended Steve Cruz’s reign as WBA world featherweight champion with a TKO. Ex+, 20 pages. 10. July 1, 1987, London. Terry Marsh remained the IBF world light-welterweight champion by defeating Akio Kameda on a TKO. He retired as an undefeated champion at the end of the year. Ex, 16 pages. 11. Aug. 10, 1989, Norfolk, VA. Pernell Whitaker consolidated the WBC and IBF world lightweight championships with a unanimous decision over Jose Luis Ramirez. Ex+, 12 pages with Hardee’s advertisements on the front and back covers.
Minimum Bid $40