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1882 to 1959 Hall of Famer Boxing-Card Collection (56)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,880

Exceptional and diverse collection of fifty-six different high-quality boxing cards from twenty-four different sets, spanning the years 1882 to 1959, all graded and encapsulated by PSA or SGC (except four BVG, one GAI, and seven ungraded). The collection is comprised exclusively of Hall of Famers and was assembled one card at a time by a very dedicated collector over a period of many years, with a primary focus on quality, condition, and overall eye-appeal. The collection consists of the following: 1) 1882 Dr. Davis's Syrup (1 card): John L. Sullivan (SGC VG 40). Rare cabinet card featuring the World's Heavyweight champ with advertising for "Dr. Davis's" cough syrup on the back. 2) 1890 N310 Mayo's Cut Plug (2 cards): Fitzsimmons (SGC VG 40) and Lavigne (SGC VG 40). 3) 1901 Ogden's Tabs (3 cards): #84 Jeffries (PSA VG-EX 4), 93 McKoy (PSA VG-EX 4), and 109 Erne (BVG VG 3). 4) 1908 Ogden's "Pugilists & Wrestlers" (3 cards): #1 Attell (SGC VG 40; Attell is also an important figure in the baseball world, as he is credited with being the "bagman" in the 1919 "Black Sox" World Series scandal), 44 Moran (SGC EX 60), and 50 Gans (BVG VG 3). 5) 1908 Ogden's "Pugilists & Wrestlers" Second Series (2 cards): #55 Johnson (SGC VG 40) and 73 Langford (SGC EX+ 70). 6) 1910 E75 American Caramel (1 card): Hart (PSA EX-MT 6). 7) 1912 Cohen Weenen & Co. (1 card): #13 Carpentier (PSA NM-MT 8, green back). 8) 1920 W529 (2 cards): #2 Dempsey (SGC VG/EX 50) and 7 Leonard (Fr). 9) 1921 W551 (7 cards): All deemed Authentic by SGC (except one GAI) due to being handcut as intended: Dempsey (GAI Authentic), Greb, Leonard, Lynch, Villa, Walker, and Wilson. 10) 1921 Exhibits (4 cards): Dempsey (SGC VG 40), Gibbons (SGC VG/EX 50), Leonard (SGC VG/EX 50), and Williams (SGC VG 40). 11) 1922 Sporting Champions (2 cards): #9 Dempsey (PSA NM 7) and 19 Leonard (BVG VG-EX 4). 12) 1923 Exhibits (5 cards): Dempsey (Pr), Dundee (Pr), Lynch (SGC VG 40), Tunney (Gd), and Walker (Fr). 13) 1924 V137 Willard's Chocolates (3 cards): Genaro (BVG Authentic), Kilbane (SGC VG 40), and Villa (SGC FAIR 20). 14) 1925 Exhibits (1 card): Walker (SGC POOR 10). 15) 1927 Greiling (1 card): #2 Schmeling (PSA EX-MT 6). 16) Circa 1930 Exhibits (2 cards): two poses of Carnera (both Pr). 17) 1935 Pattreiouex (2 cards): #53 Braddock (PSA NM-MT 8) and 56 Louis (PSA NM-MT 8). 18) 1939 U.T.C. Tobacco (1 card): #1 Louis (SGC Authentic). 19) 1947 Bond Bread (1 card): Cerdan (SGC FAIR 20, purple overprint on the reverse reads "Page's Pittsburgh Milk Co. - The Sweetest Milk Ever Sold"). 20) 1947 D. Cummings & Son (4 cards): #6 Walcott (PSA NM 7), 12 Graziano (PSA NM-MT 8), 28 Pepe (PSA NM-MT 8), and 30 Robinson (PSA NM-MT 8). 21) 1948 Leaf (5 cards): #2 Angott (PSA NM 7), 51 Pep (PSA NM-MT 8), 64 Robinson (PSA NM-MT 8), 74 Apostoli (PSA NM 7), and 82 Zivic (PSA NM-MT 8). 22) 1948 Topps Magic Photo (1 card): #22a Ortiz (PSA NM 7). 23) 1951 Topps Ringside (1 card): #8 Maxim (PSA NM 7). 24) 1959 Top Flight Stars (1 card): #9 Johanssen (PSA NM-MT 8). Compared to vintage baseball cards from the same era, boxing cards are beginning to be widely recognized as offering an outstanding value. Even the most advanced collectors find it hard not to appreciate the exceptional quality, design, and rarity of vintage boxing cards. If these were baseball cards of the same rarity, many individual cards in the collection would be valued in the thousands. We have never seen such a carefully assembled high-quality selection of boxing cards presented for sale as a collection. This is a difficult collection to even evaluate simply because the value of rare boxing cards is not as well defined as that of baseball cards, there are so many rare cards, and all are Hall of Famers. Included are many high value highlights and rarities. This is an extremely substantial, unique collection of rare and noteworthy boxing cards from twenty-four of the most highly regarded of all boxing-card sets. Total 56 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,880


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