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1964 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Fight Poster and 1965 Boxing Contract
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $464.00
1964 original fight poster and 1965 boxing contract relating to the career of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. 1) 1964 Fight Poster: Rare and extremely impressive on-site fight poster (21.5 x 27.5-inch) promoting a main event bout between Rubin Carter and "Joltin' " Johnny Smith on Wednesday, June 24 at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. The fight is billed as the "Battle of the Middleweight Bombers" and features photos of both Carter and Smith. Also listed is the main undercard bout between Manny Elias and Dwight "The Hawk" Hawkins. This heralded bout, between Carter and Smith, never took place that night. Instead, Carter faced Clarence James and knocked him out in the first round. That bout was strictly a tune-up fight for his middleweight title fight on December 14th of that year against Joey Giardello. Carter lost the title fight in a fifteen-round decision and his career steadily declined over the next two years. 2) 1965 Boxing Contract: one-page contract, dated December 21, 1965 between promoter Don Elbaum and Rubin Carter for a ten-round fight against Johnny Morris at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 18, 1966. The contract stipulates that Carter will be paid $3,000 or 25% of the net receipts for the bout, as well as receiving three round-trip plane tickets and hotel and food for three. The contract has been signed in blue ink ("10") by "Rubin Carter," Don Elbaum, and Carter's manager Pat Amato. Carter lost this fight against Morris in a ten-round decision. Although his boxing record remains an unimpressive 27-12-1, Carter, an African-American, is best remembered today for his controversial convictions (in 1967 and 1976) for the murders of three patrons at a bar in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1966. Carter always maintained his innocence in the case and soon a number of prominent celebrities and sports figures championed his cause. Most notable among them was singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, who immortalized Carter in his 1975 song titled Hurricane. Carter was eventually freed from prison in 1985 on appeal, with United States District Court judge H. Lee Sarokin stating that the prosecution had been "...based on racism rather than reason and concealment rather than disclosure." Today, the case still fosters arguments on both sides, especially with regard to the subject of racism within our legal system. A symbol of his times and an inspiration to many admirers who are convinced of his innocence, Carter has lived in Toronto, Canada, since 1988, where he has served as an executive director of The Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted for several years, and now works as a motivational speaker. On October 14, 2005, Rubin Carter received an honorary Doctor of Laws from York University in recognition of his work with the ADWC and Innocence Project. He received an honorary championship title belt from the World Boxing Council in 1993. The poster has one small puncture (no paper loss) and a small corner crease, both of which do not detract in the least from its overall Excellent to Mint appearance. This is a beautiful poster with an extraordinary display value. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 31.25 x 37.25 inches. The contract (8.5 x 14 inches) has mailing fold lines and is in Excellent condition overall. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $464.00
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