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Circa 1892 John L. Sullivan and James Corbett Boxing Cabinets (2)
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $587.50
Pair of early cabinet cards depicting, respectively, the first two heavyweight boxing champions in history: John L. Sullivan and James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett. Each formal studio photo dates from approximately the time of their championship bout in 1892 and captures the respective fighters in traditional boxing poses. Each photo bears the fighter’s name in small print below his image. The identical design and the mounts of these cabinet cards, each with unusual scalloped edges, indicate that these cards may be from a larger series; at the very least they are a very striking and rare "two-card set" matched pair. 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. Corbett’s reign as heavyweight champ lasted five years; however, he only fought twice during that time, losing the title to Bob Fitzsimmons in 1897. Following their careers both fighters remained in the public eye as celebrities, and each took a turn on the stage. Sullivan passed away in 1918 and Corbett in 1933. The Corbett photo displays a few tiny areas of very light foxing; otherwise the photographs are in Near Mint condition. Both mounts display light foxing and tack holes along the top borders. Dimensions: each 4.25 x 6.5 inches. Total: 2 cabinet cards. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/400. SOLD FOR $587.50
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