Lot 197. 30 Boxing Autographs – 10 by HoFers – Ambers, Arguello, Holmes, Pep, Schmeling, Etc. Most of these autographs are on photos, primarily b&w, of various sizes and magazine covers. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures. Here is the list, with the Hall of Fame members listed first: Lou Ambers (died 1995), gem mint 10 personalized autograph on a circa 1930s 6.5” x 8.5” International News photo. Ray Arcel (d. 1994, trained 18 world champions), nm-m 8 to mint 9 personalized signature, vintage 6.75” x 8.75” photo showing Arcel with Nathan Mann. Alexis Arguello (d. 2009), nm 7 to nm-m 8, personalized and dated 7/21/88, Sept. 1983 “Boxing Illustrated.” Carmen Basilio (d. 2012), personalized ex-m 6 to nm 7, 1957 AP 8” x 10” wire photo with caption, Basilio and Jim Norris. Jimmy Bivins (d. 2012), mint 9, 8” x 10” photo dated 1987 on the back. Angelo Dundee (d. 2012; trainer or corner man for 16 world champions, including Ali), mint 9, 8” x 10” photo with him giving instructions to Jimmy Ellis. Larry Holmes, nm-m 8 autograph, April 1982 “KO Magazine.” Lou Nova (d 1991; 1935 National AAU heavyweight champion, pro heavyweight contender, and actor); three personalized autographs, all nm-m 8 to mint 9, including 1) 7.75” x 9.5” wire photo (corners clipped) of Nova vs. Max Baer, 1939, first televised heavyweight fight, 2) 8.5” x 11” photocopy of an article on the Nova-Baer fight, and 3) a photocopy of a 1984 article on Nova, plus an nm-m 8 to mint 9 signature that is not personalized on a photocopy of a photo showing Nova with an ailing Joe Louis. Floyd Patterson (d. 2006), nm-m 8, 8” x 10” color photo. Willie Pep, personalized mint 9, 8” x 10” photo. And Max Schmeling (d. 2005), nm-m 8 to mint 9, 4” x 5.75” photo postcard. Other signatures are by: Tony Ayala (d. 2015), personalized nm-m 8, 8 x 10. Billy Backus (world welterweight champ, 1970-71), gem mint 10, 1971 8” x 10” photo from a newspaper file with Basilio, his uncle, shown as his manager. Johnny Cesario (d. 1977), personalized nm 7, 4.75” x 7”. George Chuvalo (five-time Canadian heavyweight champion), ex-m 6 to nm 7 signature, 8” x 10” wire photo. Jackie Cranford (d. 2002), two autographs, nm-m 8, 4” x 8” posed photo and mint 9 on an 1989 typed letter. Billy Douglas (d. 1999: father of Buster Douglas), nm-m 8 to mint 9, 3.5” x 6.75”. Yvon Durelle (d. 2007; Canadian middleweight and light heavyweight champion), two autographs, one nm-m 8 and one mint 9, 8” x 10” photos from a Canadian news service, one showing him with family members. Bob Pastor (d. 1996; KO’d by Joe Louis in 1939), personalized ex-m 6, 7.5” x 10” photo. Tommy Paul (d 1991; WBA featherweight champion, 1932-33), mint 9 at the end of a handwritten 1989 note. Vinny Paz (held lightweight, light middleweight and super middleweight titles), personalized nm-m 8, June 1987 “Ring” magazine. Pete Rademacher, mint 9, composite-photo cover that’s part of a six-page brochure. Petey Scalzo (d. 1993; held NBA featherweight title), ex 5 to ex-m 6, 7 x 10” from “The Ring” files. (James) Great Scott (became a contender for the NBA light heavyweight title while in prison), personalized gem mint 10 on the back of a 5” x 7” color photo. And Tony Sibson (former British and European middleweight champion), personalized nm-m 8, 6” x 8” color card with career information on the back. Most of the photos are creased. Kevin Keating authenticated these autographs.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 198. 2 Lou Ambers Signed Vintage Photos. Enshrined in the International and World Boxing Halls of Fame, Ambers generally is considered to be one of the top 20 lightweight champions of all time. He defeated Tony Canzoneri for the world lightweight title on Sept. 3, 1936, lost it to Henry Armstrong on July 17, 1938, took it back from Armstrong a year later and then gave it up for the last time to Lew Jenkins on May 10, 1940. His autographs are nm-m 8 to mint 9 on 5” x 8” b&w photo that shows him in a boxing pose in 1944 and nm 7 on a 6” x 9” photo that captures him and his manager celebrating on Aug. 22, 1939, after he defeated Henry Armstrong to reclaim the lightweight championship. He traced over the “L,” apparently after switching to a different sharpie. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures. Ambers was born Luigi D’Ambrosio. He died in 1995.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 199. Sammy Angott Nm-M 8 to Mint 9 Autograph on an 8” x 10” B&W Photo. Rated among the top 20 lightweights of all time, Angott won the vacant NBA lightweight championship in May 1940 and defeated Lew Jenkins for the world title on Dec. 19, 1941. He briefly retired late in 1942, but returned to the ring in 1943 and won the vacant NBA title again. He lost it the following year. He continued boxing until 1950. Kevin Keating authenticated Angott’s personalized nm-m 8 signature. In personalizing the autograph to “Don Wolf,” Angott scratched out a couple of letters and wrote “To” above. The photo has multiple creases. Angott is a member of the International and World Boxing Halls of Fame. He died in 1980.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 200. 4 Autographs of Ray Arcel, Hall of Fame Boxing Trainer. Ensconced in the International and World Boxing Halls of Fame, Arcel trained a record 20 world champions. Among them are Henry Armstrong, Max Baer, Jackie (Kid) Berg, James J. Braddock, Georges Carpentier, Ezzard Charles, Roberto Duran, Maxie Rosenbloom, Barney Ross and Tony Zale. Two Arcel autographs are on photos personalized to “Gary”: A 5.5” x 7.5” b&w 1938 photo by Sam Andre for “PIC” magazine showing shows him applying adrenalin chloride to the tongue of one of his fighters, and a 7” x 9” b&w portrait. On a Post-It note with the first photo, Arcel wrote: “I cannot identify this boxer – Sorry – and signed it “Ray.” Arcel also signed a handwritten letter, dated June 27, 1989, on his personal 7.25” x 10.5” stationery. In the letter, he responds to a query concerning the best boxers: “Who was better than whom is only a great big guess. They were all great and deserve honorable mention.” Arcel’s signatures are nm-m 8 and mint 9 and authenticated by Kevin Keating. Arcel died in 1994.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 201. 3 Alexis Arguello Autographs. One of the best fighters of the 1970s and early 1980s, Arguello held championships in three weight classes – WBA featherweight, 1974-77; WBC super featherweight, 1978-80, and WBC lightweight, 1981-83. He never lost any of titles in the ring. “Ring” magazine rated him the 20th greatest puncher of all time, and he is in the International and World Boxing Halls of Fame. After retiring in 1995, Arguello returned to his native Nicaragua, where he became involved in politics. In Nov. 2008, he was elected mayor of Managua. He died the following July, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot. Arguello’s autographs, authenticated by Kevin Keating, are nm 7 on a Dec. 1981 “Boxing Digest” cover and two different 8” x 10” color photos, one showing him fighting Aaron Pryor and other picturing him wearing a tuxedo and making a speech. The signature on the Pryor fight photo is not personalized. The two others are.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 202. Tony Ayala Signed Jan. 1983 “KO” Magazine. Ayala was only 17 when he began fighting professionally in 1983. Angelo Dundee thought the middleweight had the potential to be one of the greatest fighters ever. By 1983, however, he was serving 35 years in prison for rape. Paroled in 1999, he resumed boxing and fought for the last time in 2003. He troubles the law and drugs continued, and he spent additional time in prison. On May 12, 2015, at the age of 52, he was found dead of a drug overdose. His personalized autograph, as Tony El Torito Ayala, is nm-m 8 on the cover of the complete magazine. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 203. Gene Fullmer and Carmen Basilio Signed Vintage Sepia 8” x 10” Photo. These Hall of Fame rivals met twice for the NBA middleweight championship, and Fullmer won both times with a late-round TKO. Fullmer defeated Sugar Ray Robinson for the world middleweight title in Jan. 1957 and lost it in their rematch in May. He was the NBA champion from Aug. 1959-Oct. 1962. Basilio had success as a welterweight before moving up in class. In June 1955, he beat Tony DeMarco for the welterweight championship, lost it and regained it against Johnny Saxton in 1956, and retained it until Sept. 1957 when he took the middleweight title from Robinson. In turn, Robinson decisioned Basilio in March 1958. Fullmer is generally rated as one of the top 20 middleweights of all time, and Basilio, as one of the leading welterweights. Both boxers are in the World and International Boxing Halls of Fame. Their autographs are mint 9 on the photo, which shows them in streetclothes with three other individuals. Basilio signed the photo twice. A signature on his shirt is light. He also placed a large, bold signature below his image. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs. Basilio died in 2012, and Fullmer, in April of this year.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 204. Carmen Basilio Boldly Signed April 1965 “Boxing International” Cover. Mint 9 to gem mint 10 autograph personalized to Gary Tkach and authenticated by Kevin Keating. The magazine contains a four-page article titled “Basilio Was a Name for Courage” and presenting highlights of the welterweight and middleweight champion’s career. Basilio passed away in 2012.
Minimum Bid $10
Lot 205. Carmen Basilio Autographed 8” x 10” B&W Photo. A Boxing Hall of Fame member, Basilio won the world welterweight championship in 1955, lost it and then regained it in 1956 and then retained it in a 1957 bout. Later in 1957, he defeated Sugar Ray Robinson for the world middleweight title and lost it to Robinson the following year. He passed away in 2012. His autograph is nm-m 8 (personalized) on a photo produced by Genesee Beer & Ale. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. The photo is taped on the back to a silver and black background and framed without glass to 12.25” x 12.25”. We can ship the photo without the frame.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 206. Jack Kid Berg Autographed 3” x 5” Unlined Index Card. Berg’s name is in parentheses. Below it, he added “Jr Welterweight Champion of the World 1930” and “Lightweight Champion of England 1934.” Nm 7 to nm-m 8. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. Pound-for-pound, Berg was considered one of the best boxers of his era. He died in 1991. He is in the World and International Boxing Halls of Fame. The index card is accompanied by a photocopy of an article on Berg, who wrote “Good Luck” near his photo.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 207. 5 Autographs of Hall of Fame Heavyweight Jimmy Bivins. Boxing from 1940-55, an era with only eight weight classes, Bivins never had an opportunity to claim a championship belt – despite fighting at a high level in various weight classes. During his career, he faced 11 world champions – and defeated eight of them. His record includes victories over Charley Burley, Billy Soose, Gus Lesnevich, Joey Maxim, Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore. Bivins is in both the International and World Boxing Halls of Fame. His signatures, authenticated by Kevin Keating, are mint 9 to gem mint 10 on: An 8” x 10” b&w photo; on pages with brief handwritten notes (2), and on unlined 3” x 5” index cards. Bivins died in 2012. In a 1999 newspaper interview, he claimed he never had a shot at a title because he wouldn’t throw fights when he was told to by “this mob guy from New York.” In a classic comment, Bivins said to the reporter, “Shoot, I told him I wasn’t a ballplayer; I’m a fighter.”
Winning Bid $35
Lot 208. Rare Autograph of Billy Britton, “The Kansas Cyclone.” Britton’s vintage steel-tipped pen signature is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the flyleaf of a 7” x 8.5” notebook. It is personalized to Chamberlain Brown. Ten news clippings concerning Britton follow. Britton faced a number of top middleweights from 1921-31. In 1925, he lost to Harry Greb three times on points. He lost twice to Young Stribling. Britton was only 40 when he died in 1942. Kevin Keating authenticated his signature.
Minimum Bid $25
Lot 209. Rare Autograph of 1941 NBA Light Heavyweight Champion Anton Christoforidis. In 1937, Christoforidis won the Greek middleweight and light heavyweight titles, and a year later, he became the European middleweight champion. In 1940, he began fighting in the U.S. Wins against Jimmy Bivins and other opponents earned him a shot at the vacant NBA light heavyweight championship. In January 1941, he unanimously defeated Melio Bettina. On May 22, 1941, he lost a unanimous decision to Gus Lesnevich. Even though it was not a title fight, the NBA took the championship from Christoforidis and awarded it to Lesnevich. He lived in the U.S. until 1971, when he moved back to Greece, where he passed away in 1985. Christoforidis’ autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on a circa 1938 sepia 5” x 8” photo showing him as middleweight champion of Greece and Europe. Kevin Keating authenticated his signature.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 210. George Chuvalo Autographs on 2 B&W News Photos. One autograph is mint 9 on a 7” x 10” photo showing Chuvalo after losing a unanimous decision to Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) on March 29, 1966, in Toronto. The victory enabled Ali to retain the world heavyweight championship. The other is ex-m 6 to nm 7 on an 8 x 10 that has Yvon Durelle hitting the canvas after a 12-round knockout punch by Chuvalo in their 1959 fight. Chuvalo’s signature is personalized, and he added, “Goodnight Yvon.” Chuvalo held the Canadian heavyweight championship for five different periods. In 93 professional fights, he was never knocked down. Besides Ali, he lost to Floyd Patterson, Joe Frazier and George Foreman and defeated Yvon Durelle, Doug Jones, Jerry Quarry and Cleveland Williams. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 211. Freddie Red Cochrane, World Welterweight Champion, Signed 8” x 10” B&W Photo. Nm-m 8 signature authenticated by Kevin Keating. In a July 29, 1941 fight in Newark, Cochrane won a 15-round decision against the incumbent champion, Fritzie Zivic. Technically, he held the title for the next five years – by not engaging in a championship fight. In 1945, Rocky Graziano knocked him out in what “Ring Magazine” chose as its “Fight of the Year.” In 1946, the title was vacated, and Cochrane failed in an effort against Marty Servo to reclaim it. Cochrane died in 1993. Kevin Keating authenticated his autograph, which is scarce.
Winning Bid $20