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Boxing Autographs

 

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MAX SCHMELING 

His fights with Joe Louis were symbolic of a much greater struggle, but Schmeling, the man was simply an excellent boxer who proved himself worthy of the World Heavyweight championship.  A strong puncher with both hands, and the master of the destructive short right hook, Max won the crown on a low blow from the fist of Jack Sharkey in 1930 and lost it back to Sharkey in 1932.  After KO’ing Joe Louis in 1936, Schmeling signed to fight the current champion James J. Braddock, but the boxing politicians blocked this, fearing the loss of the title to Europe. 

A grand 8 by 10 inches, vintage original Bryant Studio photo, brilliantly inscribed in German and boldly signed and dated (June 22, 1931), while champion, in black fountain pen.   Without a doubt, one of the finest Max Schmeling autographed photos extant.   NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

 

 

 

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JIMMY MCLARNIN

 This Irish “Baby Face” was a hard hitter who could target a punch with devastating accuracy.  His bouts with Barney Ross are legendary.  McLarnin first won the World Welterweight Championship in 1933 when he KO’d Young Corbett III in the first round.  He lost the title to Ross in 1934 with a split decision, before 65,000 fans.  Four months later, McLarnin regained the title in a decision victory.  Finally, in 1935, with Jack Dempsey as referee, McLarnin lost a furious decision to Ross.  Before retiring in 1936, he split two with Tony Canzoneri and also defeated Lou Ambers.   

A gorgeous 8 by 10 inches, vintage original Marlow Studio photo, inscribed and boldly signed in black fountain pen. One of the nicest Jimmy McClarnin signed photos I have seen.    NO LONGER AVAILABLE!

 

 

DICK TIGER

Great multi-champion, earned wide admiration not only for his considerable boxing skills, but also for his gentlemanly demeanor and his efforts to aid the Biafran people in his home country of Nigeria.  He first won the British Empire Middleweight championship in 1958.  In 1962, Tiger won the Middleweight Championship by defeating Gene Fullmer later losing it to Joey Giardello in a very close contest in 1963, before regaining it in a return match two years later.  Tiger at the age of 37 moved up in class and defeated Jose Torres for the Lightheavyweight championship in 1966.  This great competitor died of cancer in 1971.  An extremely rare and desirable autograph.

 

 

DICK TIGER

Here is an ultra rare 8 x 10 photograph autographed by the great Dick Tiger.  This is the only 8 x 10 autographed Tiger I have seen in 30 years of collecting!  When you find a Tiger autograph, it is usually on the 3 x 5 postcard photo, or as a cut autograph.  This stunning fight posed, 8 x 10 is boldly inscribed in blue ballpoint pen "To Billy, Best Wishes From Dick Tiger".     

NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

 

 

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DICK TIGER

A magnificent, handwritten one page letter on Tiger-Giardello championship fight letterhead.  Tiger, always the proper gentleman, grants an autograph request to a fan. This piece is an autograph collectors dream! 

This beautiful signed, handwritten letter on picture stationary says it all.  Dick Tiger is an extremely rare signature in any form.  This is the only Dick Tiger handwritten letter I know of. Would make an awesome display piece.  NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

 

 

JERSEY JOE WALCOTT

 Jersey Joe mastered the art of ring deception.  He was able to showcase his boxing talents, using the ring to his advantage, while waiting to set up his big left hook.   From his first recorded pro fight in 1930, he met the challenge of  supporting his wife and six kids during the lean years of the depression and progressed to the Heavyweight championship of the world in 1951at the advanced age of 37.  Walcott outlived the color barrier that kept many black boxers of the 30’s and 40’s from contending for championships.  Born, Arnold Cream, Walcott took his ring name in honor of his idol, the great Joe Walcott of Barbados. 

Wanted: A Vintage Signed Photograph of Jersey Joe Walcott

 

 

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CARLOS MONZON

 Carlos Monzon is considered by many to be one of the all-time greatest champions in the history of the middleweight division.  He held the title for a lengthy 7 years and was undefeated for 13 years with a remarkable streak of 82 fights from 1964 until his retirement in 1977.  He defended his crown 14 times.

Alas, he was not as comfortable outside of the ring, being convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1988 and tragically being killed in a car crash, while on furlough for good behavior, in 1995.

An 8 by 10 black & white glossy, boxing pose photograph boldly signed in blue sharpie.   It's for sale at $89.

 

 

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MAX BAER 

A heavyweight champion who possessed great physical strength to go with one of the most powerful right hands in history.  It is sometimes said of Max Baer that he traded  the Heavyweight Championship of the World  for the high life and glitter of Broadway.  In 1933, he fought the best fight of his career in hammering Max Schmeling and in 1934 KO’d Primo Carnera for the crown.  But in 1935, he frittered the title away to James J. Braddock in 15 half-hearted rounds.   This one is NO LONGER AVAILABLE so I'm looking for one of equal or better quality! .      

 

 

 

"SONNY,  CAN  I  HAVE  YOUR  AUTOGRAPH?"  

It is widely known that Sonny Liston was not inclined to put pen to paper, especially without some advance preparation. 

After sending Floyd Patterson to a crushing defeat in 1962, Liston ascended to the throne of the "Heavyweight Championship of the World".  Sonny had a burning desire to be accepted and liked by the public and to present a "championship" image.  To accomplish this, he enlisted the aid of a near-do-well, Denver photographer named Paul Abdoo.  It was Abdoo’s job to help create that image through the official championship photos.  One of these, was a magnificent colorized photograph of Sonny wearing his RING championship belt and a lengthy royalty-oozing robe.  The original of which was last seen in the Liston home in Las Vegas in the possession of  his wife, Geraldine.  Abdoo also made this photo into prints, so Sonny could distribute it to his special friends.  These color prints are actually quite rare, but still show up from time to time in collectors' circles.

 Abdoo also created photo reproductions of one of Sonny's favorite fight poses wearing his RING championship belt.  He did these in a memo pad style format, with a facsimile message from the champ (actually this message was done in Geraldine's handwriting.  These photos were handed out by Sonny at various social gatherings to satisfy the autograph requests of fans.  However, on very rare occasion, and with advance preparation, Sonny would actually sign some of these photo reproductions, below the facsimile signature in order to honor a fans special request for a genuine Sonny Liston ink pen autograph. 

It is interesting to note that Sonny cut a deal with the Denver photographer, which allowed Abdoo to keep all of the profits emanating from his photographs of the champion. 

..."autographed items sold for $1 apiece, pose-with-Sonny pics for $5"...    ...[Paul Abdoo] "Sonnys been real good to me...I'll stay with him because I don't know good it might get"         

...Sonny Boy "The Life and Strife of Sonny Liston" by Rob Steen 1993, UK.

Very few of these were hand signed by Sonny and of those that were, very few have survived intact over the years.  Below, you will find one of them that did survive. This one even has a tiny remnant of the red memo pad "tear off" edge at the top right (it is unseen in the photo). 

 

 

                

SONNY LISTON

Measures a large 6 inches x 3.5 inches.  In excellent condition, no tears or creases. Boldly hand signed by SONNY LISTON in blue ballpoint pen ink.  Authenticity is unconditionally guaranteed for life.  Would make a magnificent display piece when properly framed with an additional Liston photograph.  No longer available. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  ANDRE ROUTIS

Andre Routis, born in Bordeaux, France in 1900, gained the World's Featherweight title from Tony Canzoneri in a furious 15 round bout in 1928.  Routis, who started boxing professionally in 1919, won the bantamweight title of France in 1924 and had a pretty fair record before coming to America in 1926.  After campaigning here for two years, Routis won the title, then lost it to the too strong and too tough Bat Battalino in 15 rounds on September 23, 1929 in Hartford, Connecticut. 

An awesome, original postcard sized photograph of the World's Featherweight Champion.  Boldly inscribed and dated and signed in glorious dark blue fountain pen "To Bert Hayward, Best Wishes and Regards from Paris, 1945, Andre Routis"   Among the rarest autographed photos, I've owned.     It's for sale at $99.

 

 

 

SUGAR RAY ROBINSON

Undoubtedly, the pound for pound greatest pugilist of all time, Walker Smith Jr., A.K.A. Sugar Ray Robinson needs little introduction to fight fans. Born, May 3, 1921 in Detroit, relocating to New York City in his teens, winning the New York Golden Gloves Featherweight Title in 1940, turning pro that same year at age 20 in Madison Square Garden with a 2nd round KO over Joe Echevarria. Managed by George Gainford, and having lost only 1 fight (to Jake LaMotta - 1943), Robinson beat Tommy Bell in 1946 in 15 rounds to win the World Welterweight crown. He wouldn't lose again until, after leaving his legs in Paris, he was upset by Britain's Randy Turpin in London in 1951 when he lost the World's Middleweight Championship, which he had won from LaMotta on Valentines Day that same year.  He quickly regained the title from Turpin via KO in September 1951.  In 1952, he ventured upwards for the Light Heavyweight title against Joey Maxim, but was KO'd by the heat after completing  round 13.  He retired for 2 1/2 years, returned to the ring in 1955 and won the Worlds Middleweight title from Bobo Olson later that year.  Over the next 6 years, Robinson successfully defended against Olson before losing and regaining the crown from Gene Fullmer, losing and regaining the crown from Carmen Basilio, finally losing the title to Paul Pender in 1960, and failing to regain it from him.  He fought two more great battles with Gene Fullmer in '60 and '61, before finally calling it quits at age 44 in 1965.  Sugar Ray Robinson died on April 12, 1989 from complications caused by Alzheimer's Disease. 

 

 

 

 

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