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1921 Jack Dempsey vs. George Carpentier Full Ticket and Program
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,185
Rare full ticket and program from the 1921 world's heavyweight boxing championship bout between Jack Dempsey and George Carpentier held on July 2, 1921, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The full ticket (6.5 x 2.5 inches) is for a $15.00 "Reserved" seat and is complete with both the gate check and seat check. There are four separate "spindle" holes in the ticket (two in the main body; one each on the gate check and seat check, respectively), which have not resulted in any paper loss and are not easily seen without close observation; otherwise in apparent Excellent to Mint condition. The program (9 x 11 inches) features large portrait images of both fighters on the cover and is titled "International Heavyweight Championship of the World." A few very minor surface abrasions and scratches, as well a few tiny edge tears, are evident on the cover; the program is in apparent Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The ticket and program have been handsomely matted and framed together to total dimensions of 16.5 x 22 inches. Jack Dempsey won the heavyweight title in 1919 when, as a tremendous underdog, he defeated Jess Willard in three rounds. He successfully defended his title twice before meeting Carpentier on July 2, 1921, in what was billed at the time as "the fight of the century." Carpentier, a highly decorated French pilot during World War I, was extremely popular at home and abroad. He was also a talented fighter and a heavy favorite in the fight. The bout, held in Jersey City, New Jersey, generated tremendous interest and resulted in the first million-dollar gate in boxing history. The "Manassa Mauler" once again proved the oddsmakers wrong that night, battering Carpentier for three rounds before finally knocking him out in the fourth. This is an outstanding wall display commemorating that historic bout, featuring two rare and significant souvenirs from the fight. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,185
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