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Circa 1870s Boxer CDV Collection (7) with John C. Heenan
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,252
Collection of seven CDVs of famous nineteenth-century boxers highlighted by two different examples of John C. Heenan (the "Benicia Boy") taken by Charles D. Fredricks. These cards all originate from an extraordinary recent find of 135 nineteenth-century CDVs and trade cards that included eight circa 1870 baseball team cards (featured elsewhere in this auction). The boxing CDV collection is comprised of the following seven cards: 1) John C. Heenan. This example is considered by many to be the first boxing card ever issued. The base of the mount features an 1862 copyright date, while the reverse features the photographer's credit stamp ("Charles D. Fredricks") that includes the word "Specialite." The name "J. C. Heanan" [sic] and the year "1870" are both written in pencil on the reverse. The card (2.375 x 4 inches) appears to be slightly miscut along the top border. General light wear is evident on both the front and reverse, as are a few small stains on the reverse. VG. 2) John C. Heenan. This CDV features the exact same photo of Heenan that appears on the other offered card; however, it differs in the text on the mount. Only the name "John C. Heenan" appears in print along the base and the card is blank-backed. This is one of many copies of the original Fredricks CDV of Heenan that was produced by other photographers shortly after its initial issue. The notation "April 1871/The Beanicia Boy" [sic] is written in pencil on the reverse. The card (2.374 x 3.875) has a slight trim along the top border; otherwise Ex. 3-4) Two CDVs of Joe Coburn. The first is a bust-length image of him in formal dress. The other pictures him in ring attire. Each features a back stamp that pictures a crest containing the motto "I have chained the sun to serve me." The notation "Joe Coburn/April 1871" is written in pencil on the reverse of each card. The CDV of Coburn in formal attire measures 2.5 x 4.125 inches and is in Excellent condition. The other (2.5 x 3.75 inches) has a slight trim along the top and bottom borders and has a tiny stray ink mark on the photo; otherwise Ex. 5) John Morrissey. Full-length image in formal attire. Identified in print at the base of the mount. Blank backed. The notation "April 1871" is written on the reverse in pencil. 2.5 x 3.875 inches. Slight trim along the top border; otherwise Vg. 6) Ned O'Baldwin. Full-length pose in ring attire. Identified in print along the base of the mount - "Ned O'Baldwin (Irish Giant)." The notation "April 1871" is written on the reverse in pencil. 2.5 x 4 inches. Ex. 7) Jem Mace. Seated, in formal attire. Sarony photo credit stamped on the reverse. The notation "Jem Mace" is written on the reverse in black fountain pen, as is the year, "1870," in pencil. 2.5 x 4.125 inches. There is a single tack hole in both the top and bottom borders of the mount; Gd/Vg. As noted earlier, these cards are new to the hobby and were just recently discovered by our consignor among 135 CDVs and trade cards left to her by her parents, who purchased them over twenty years ago at an antiques shop. Incredibly, there were eight nineteenth-century baseball pieces in the collection, as well as these seven boxing CDVs. All of the baseball CDVs and trade cards, as well as the large group of remaining cards, are featured elsewhere in this auction. Total: 7 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,252
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