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Two 1889 N150 Honest Long Cut John L. Sullivan Cards
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $3,819
Offered are two extremely rare nineteenth-century boxing tobacco cards from the N150 Honest Long Cut series, each featuring legendary Hall of Famer John L. Sullivan (portrait and hands-behind-back poses), the most celebrated of all nineteenth-century boxing champions, both graded VG 40 by SGC (downgraded from higher levels due to very minor imperfections). These are impressive-looking cards, each with an Excellent overall appearance. Each card is bright, crisp, and clean, with a flawless image, light wear on the corners, and a few surface abrasions on the reverse. The hands-behind-back pose has a slight as-issued miscut along the right border. John L. Sullivan is generally regarded as the first undisputed heavyweight champion in boxing history, having gained the unofficial title in 1882 after defeating Paddy Ryan. He successfully defended his title for ten years before losing by knockout in the twenty-first round to Jim Corbett. Boxing card rarities sometimes present very interesting collecting values. These are very rare nineteenth-century tobacco Hall of Famer boxing cards, and are in fact as rare or rarer than many nineteenth-century baseball cards of similar design that are conservatively valued at thousands of dollars each. Total: 2 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $3,819
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