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1889 N150 Honest Long Cut John L. Sullivan
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $588
Rare nineteenth-century boxing tobacco card featuring legendary Hall of Famer John L. Sullivan, the most celebrated of all nineteenth-century boxing champions. This card is an exceptional highlight from the extraordinary "Under the Stairs" collection of 430 nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco cards, and the only card we have separated from the balance of the collection (which is presented as a separate lot in this auction). The entire collection has been carefully saved by our consignor, a noncollector, following its discovery under the stairs in the 1980s during some home construction work. 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. This is a very rare nineteenth-century tobacco Hall of Famer boxing card. The card is bright, crisp, and clean, with a flawless image, and light wear on the corners. There is a slight irregular cut along the bottom which we believe to be a natural factory cut (and which is responsible for the card being encapsulated as "Authentic" by SGC as opposed to receiving a numerical grade); aside from the miscut, it is otherwise in Excellent condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $588
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