Norwalk: Easton, 1996. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. 543 pages, tall 8vo, all edges gilt, full deep brick morocco embossed in gold and black. In the center of the cover is a 1 1/4" x 3" color photo of Ali boxing in the ring. Norwalk: Easton Press, 1996. Signed Collector's Edition; signed by Muhammad Ali and Thomas Hauser on the limitation page. Fine.
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Very scarce unsigned original black and white photograph, c. 1915, from a cabinet card image, c. 1894, approx. 4" x 7", a full-body image of the boxer wearing black leotards with a white belt- with flat laced-up boxing shoes, striking a bear knuckle pose. Condition: Image cropped from when used for publication - but complete in itself; minor surface creasing with a clip at the top left-hand corner. Vintage fountain pen identification in an unknown hand cleanly written at bottom.....
New York: Shapolsky, 1988. Illustrated with b/w photographs. 325 pages. 8vo, light blue boards, dust wrapper. New York: Shapolsky Publishers, (1988). First edition. A near fine copy in a near fine dust wrapper, inscribed by the author on the title page. A who's who of Jewish boxers, with candid interviews, humorous anecdotes, rare photos and sensational revelations.
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.....
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.
McLean, VA: Percy Crosby, 1933. 49 plates, including 6 in color, hand-tipped. Folio, green cloth; light wear to spine. McLean, Virginia: Percy Crosby, (1933). Very good (+). Introduction by Walter M. Grant. Skillful and expressive drawings, watercolors, paintings, and lithographs of polo, football, boxing, swimming, riding, etc. Limited edition, number 84 of 1000 copies, with Crosby's signature at limitation page.
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...
Norwalk: O'Brien Suburban Press, 1944. 592pp of boxing records of current fighters, complete for the year 1943. 8vo, original black-lettered green cloth (lightly rubbed) Norwalk CT: The O'Brien Suburban Press, 1944. A very good copy. Signed by Nat Fleischer on the fly leaf with a 5 line description in his hand explaining how this is one of 200 copies sent overseas and to continental camps for the use of the special service during World War II.
Norwalk: O'Brien Suburban Press, 1947. 688pp of boxing records of current fighters, complete for the year 1946. 8vo, original black-lettered red cloth (lightly edgeworn and dusty; lacking front endpaper and with inner hinge neatly repaired). Norwalk CT: The O'Brien Suburban Press, 1947. A very good(-) copy.
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.