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Lot # 1294 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Abe Attell Signed & Inscribed Photograph

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $580.00

Signed photograph (8 x 10 inches) of boxer Abe Attell (1884-1970), who later became the bagman for the mob in the Black Sox Scandal. Sepia-tone promotional photo features Attell posed in his signature boxing stance with a caption in the negative "Abe Attell FORMER WORLD'S FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION." Signed in rich blue ink at upper right "To a Real Fellow Jack Werst From the little Champ Abe Attell" ("9"). Like many boxers of his era, Attell learned to fight on the streets. This was especially important for a Jewish kid living in an Irish neighborhood! The 5 foot 4 inch Attell was a natural featherweight who fought his first professional bout in 1900 and defeated former champion George Dixon the very next year. He held the crown of featherweight champion until 1912 when he lost on a twenty-round decision to Johnny Kilbane. He continued fighting well into 1915. A comeback bid was abruptly halted in 1917 when he was knocked out by Phil Virgets. As is often the case, gambling and boxing are close bedfellows, and Attell worked as the agent for gambler Arnold Rothstein. It was Attell who handed $10,000 to several Chicago White Sox players to throw the World Series to Cincinnati in 1919. When the "Black Sox Scandal" broke in 1920, Attell fled to Canada to avoid being subpoenaed. In the later years he managed a bar on New York's East Side. A few minor scratches at bottom do little to detract from this fine image, which is otherwise in Excellent condition. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $580.00


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