Exceptional signed card, 5" x 3", inscribed in full to noted boxing historian Herb Watson, "Best Wishes - James J. Braddock", c. 1960s. Flawless in every respect. American boxer who was Heavyweight Champion of the World, 1935-1936.
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1928. Very scarce and important T.L.S. on personal letterhead William A. Brady, The Playhouse Theatre, West 48th Street, New York, August 6th 1928. Written to the editor of Theatre Magazine, giving his opinion on the new phenomena called "Talkies", in part: ..."In some ways "Talkies" will effect the business of the legitimate drama in other ways Talkies will be helpful to the Theatre. Sound and dialogue in the high spots of the pictures are here to stay. The great stars...
Vintage signed card, 5" x 3", inscribed "To Tiny - Sincerely - Ezzard Charles", c. 1967. American Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1949-1951.
Caesar's Palace: 1982. Original and complete $100 Heavyweight Championship ticket for the Holmes vs. Cooney fight at Caesar's Palace on June 11, 1982. Measures 7.5 x 3.25 inches. Don King and Tiffany Promotions. Signed on the front in blue ball-point pen by Neiman, who created the artwork for this item. Signed "Cooney" on the back in a thick, sprawling hand with a blue magic marker. Near fine condition.
1996. Excellent signed photograph -- an 8" x 10" color promotional image of de la Hoya, waist-up, in the ring, in a fighting stance. Boldly signed with outstanding contrast at the height of his dramatic career: "Oscar de la Hoya, '96." Near fine condition. American boxer who defeated 17 World Champions and won 10 World Titles in six different weight classes. He holds the distinction of generating more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport.
1954. Very attractive photograph, matte finish, sepia-tone, 8" x 10", a shoulder-up portrait shot of Dempsey dressed in a suit, boldly signed in green fountain pen: "To Richard - Lots of Luck Pal - From Jack Dempsey - 3/29/54." Fine condition with exceptional contrast. World heavyweight boxing champion who held the title from 1919 to 1926.
New York: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2005. Illustrated by Whitney Martin. Slim 4to, pictorial glossy boards, dust wrapper. New York: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, (2005). First edition. Near fine. Boldly inscribed by Foreman on the title page: "To Gary Best Wishes George Foreman."
New York: Macmillan, 1996. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. 213 pages. 8vo, black cloth-backed boards. New York: Macmillan, (1996). First edition. A fine copy in a very good dust wrapper. Signed by Frazier and his co-author on the title page.
1976. This program honors Garcia as an incoming member of the California International Shrine of Boxing and Wrestling. 4 pages, each measuring 8.5 x 7 inches, September 30, 1976. Inscribed on the cover: "To Robert Smith, Salud, Frankie Garcia, 10-7-56 (sic). Very good(+) condition. Garcia was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1975.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. 544 pages (slight separation at the top of the publisher's logo page; otherwise near fine), 8vo, black cloth-backed boards, dust wrapper in a mylar sleeve. New York: Simon & Schuster, (1991). A very good copy in a very good dust wrapper. Signed presentation copy from a book party (on June 5, 1991), accompanied by four color photographs taken at that event.
1965. 6 pages (front and back), each three-page spread measuring 5.75 x 9.5 inches, no place, no date, circa 1965. The brochure has two photos of Huffman in a boxing pose, one as a young fighter and another as an older man, with his vertical signature nearby. The brochure, captioned "Former Champion of U.S. Navy Freed!" above the photos, focuses on Huffman's life with an evangelical theme. Fine condition. Huffman was a boxer who fought in the service and was...
1995. 10.25 x 8 inches, no place, no date, circa 1995 -- a color image of Leonard in the ring, hands at his sides, gazing into the distance just past the camera. Boldly signed in full with "Best Wishes" written underneath. Near fine condition. American boxer who was the first to earn more than $100 million in purses and win world titles in five weight divisions. He was unanimously voted "boxer of the decade" for the 1980s by Ring Magazine.
1995. Outstanding color photograph signed, "Best wishes, Lennox Lewis" -- an 8" x 10", heavy cardboard stock promotional image by acclaimed photographer Sam Teare, imprinted: "LENNOX LEWIS - GREAT BRITAIN," depicting the boxer bare-chested with one of his hands taped up. No place, no date, circa 1995. Boldly signed with good contrast.
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1947. 188 pages plus a section of black-and-white photographs, 8vo, green cloth (corners rubbed; light staining, front endpapers heavily toned from an old newspaper clipping). New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1947). First edition. Very good(-) condition. Signed in full on a tipped-in leaf between the dedication and title page.
San Francisco: 1958. 1 page, 14 x 8.5 inches, San Francisco, November 3, 1958. In this letter, Moore tells a writer that he is interested in talking with her, in part: "...I thought I would wait on you directly to talk. When will you be back in Cal. I will probably be in S.F. 19th Nov. to be interviewed by Jack Drees between rounds at the fight Spider Webb vs Joey Giardello..." Horizontal folds; several small stains; handwritten name erased...
San Diego: 1955. 1 page, 9 x 6.5 inches, San Diego, October 20, 1955. Chatty letter written to friend and boxing historian Johnny Hauck, in part: "...Hoping you're OK and still going strong. I did what you asked me to in sending the condolence....I'm on my way to Alberque [sic] N.M. to box an exibition [sic] and Saturday at Phoenix, Ariz...It will be good to be home but the constant requests I've been filling is quite a bit of a....
New York: 1955. 1 page, 11 x 8.5 inches, New York, February 11, 1955. Written at a time when Moore was having difficulties getting a fight with undefeated Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano. Written to boxing sportswriter and historian Johnny Hauck, in part: "...I am happy in my way to attempt to help the game of boxing and I'm sure that if most other boxers would try to understand that the game must be kept clean, it would be a wonderful...
San Diego: 1991. 1 page on "Archie Moore Sports Enterprises" letterhead, 11 x 8.5 inches, San Diego, October 26, 1991. Written by the Hall-of-Fame boxing champion to a fan requesting an autograph, in part: "...I thank you much for the contents of your letter...I shall return your letter with this an answer to you in grattitude [sic] for your letter which brings me joy. I trust you and your good family are all well and safe, and enjoying the nice...
1965. 10 x 7.5-inch color photo of Patterson in a fighting stance -- no place, no date, circa 1965. Inscribed on the left side: "To my friend Mr. E London, Kindest regards, Floyd Patterson." Matted in white and set in a gold and black frame measuring 16.5 x 14.5 inches. Fine condition. American professional boxer who held the undisputed world heavyweight championship. At the age of 21, he became the youngest boxer to win the world heavyweight title.
New York: Dial Press, 1968. 264 pages (back endpapers dust-soiled), 8vo, black cloth, dust wrapper (worn, chipped, price-clipped, and sun-faded). New York: Dial Press, 1968. First edition. A very good(-) copy in a poor dust wrapper. Signed on the title page by James Earl Jones, who played the role of Jack Johnson who, in 1908, became the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world.
Stamford: 1949. 1 page on Stamford Building Company letterhead, the company of which Tunney was president, 10.5 x 7.25 inches, Stamford, Connecticut, April 11, 1949. In this letter, the heavyweight champion, graciously responds to a request for his autograph, in full: "Through some unexplained delay, your note of November 16, 1948 and the photograph you sent arrived in my office, today. I cannot account for this delay, but am delighted to have the opportunity to comply with your request. Incidentally...
Papua New Guinea: 1944. 4 x 5 inches with a quarter-inch white border, Papua New Guinea, January 12, 1944. Exceptional black-and-white photograph signed in full by the heavyweight boxing champion, taken while serving in the Pacific during World War II. This photo features "Commander" Tunney seated at the front lines of Bougainville surrounded by his platoon, talking on the phone. Includes a "U.S. Army Photograph" stamp in blue ink on the back. Near fine.
Exceptional signed 5" x 3" card, "Gene Tunney", c. 1967. A superior example that is perfectly centered. American boxer best remembered for his stunning upset victory over Jack Dempsey to capture the Heavyweight Championship of the World, September 26, 1926. He defeated Dempsey again in 1927 and then retired from the ring one year later.
Fine ball point pen signature on a 5" x 3" card, "Jess Willard", c. 1967. American boxer best remembered for defeating Jack Johnson on April 5, 1915, becoming Heavyweight Champion of the World. He would retain his belt until 1919, the year he was defeated by Jack Dempsey.