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Lot # 1513 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1926 Spalding Champions Jack Dempsey PSA MINT 9

Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $587.50

Graded MINT 9 by PSA. Highest-graded example! Stunning MINT example of the premier 1920s Jack Dempsey boxing card, and one of the key cards from this 1920s set issued by the Spalding Sporting Goods Company. In our opinion, these are the most classic and beautifully designed cards of the 1920s. There have only been two major "finds" of pristine examples of these cards over the years. Both have been handled by Robert Edward Auctions, so we have some extra insight into this set. In 1990 we turned up a find of about 400 uncirculated cards, and in 1996 we auctioned a find of 798 uncirculated cards. The cards from both finds had been saved in a virtually perfect state. (The owner of the 798-card find had been given the cards by a store owner as a child in 1926. He kept them undisturbed for the next seventy years. In 1996 he realized they were extremely valuable and consigned them to REA.) Whenever there is a "find," especially when there is a substantial quantity of high-grade cards from a rare set, there is naturally uncertainty about how many have been found. With Spalding cards, there have been the two significant finds described above. But these two finds combined represent a total of only about 1,200 cards from this 200-card set. Aside from these two finds, only a random smattering of cards in various conditions have survived here and there, usually not in high grade, as well as one uncut sheet (REA March 2001, Lot 189). When cards from the two finds have been professionally graded, even though all were clean and crisp, very small corner touches and centering issues (which were not uncommon) kept most cards from grading MINT. This is one of only three examples of Jack Dempsey that have been graded MINT 9 by PSA. Bright and crisp, with four razor-sharp corners, and flawless picture quality and contrast. Perfectly centered. A brief biography appears on the reverse. This is the best of all Jack Dempsey cards, in MINT condition, issued at the peak of his great fame and boxing career in the 1920s. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $587.50


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