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Lot # 1293 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1910 Jack Johnson Signed Letter

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,508.00

Jack Johnson typed letter (8 x 8 inches) addressed to "Sr. Garl Delgado," beautifully signed ("9") by the legendary Heavyweight Champion in flowing black fountain pen. Jack Johnson was crowned the first African-American Heavyweight Champion in history when he defeated Tommy Burns in 1908. His dominance in the ring, combined with the color of his skin, his larger-than-life persona, and his lack of proper "respect" for the white establishment, created a chorus of cries for a "Great White Hope" to bring the championship back to the hands of a white boxer. The undated letter is written in Spanish. In it, Johnson requests the company of Sr. Garl Delgado to see an exhibition boxing match. The letter is beautifully matted and framed with a very rare and striking high-quality circa-1910 vintage postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) of Jack Johnson in Very Good condition, one of a series published by the Pictorial News Company of New York. The letter is in Excellent condition with normal mailing folds. Framed to total dimensions of 21 x 15.5 inches. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,508.00

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