Wrestler World’s Champion Dean Detton Original Signed Vintage Photo


On offer is this original vintage photograph circa 1936 signed in bold blue fountain pen ink by World’s Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Dean Detton, his Manager Jack Washburn and Wrestling Promoter Bill Nelson. Photo is in excellent condition, very clean, sharp corners, no creases and measures 8″ x 10″. This came from the collection of wrestler Ray Eckert. Magnificent and rare piece signed while Champion.


Dean Henry Detton (June 27, 1908 – February 23, 1958) was an American professional wrestler and World’s Heavyweight Champion who was active in the early portion of the twentieth century. Previously he was a proficient University of Utah football player. Detton was born in Richmond, Utah and raised Mormon. He retired from wrestling in 1951 and then ran a bar, The Turf Club, where he eventually hanged himself to death. For his last 14 years he had lived in Hayward California.  On September 29, 1936 Dean Detton defeated Ed “Strangler” Lewis in a tournament final held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lost the crown to Bronko Nagurski on June 16, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.