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Circa 1901 Police Gazette Supplement Collection (59) - Boxers, Wrestlers, and Cyclists
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $592.50
Collection of fifty-nine Police Gazette supplements, dating from the very early 1900s (we believe 1900 to 1901), picturing mainly boxers, wrestlers/strongmen, and cyclists. These were issued as supplements in each weekly issue of the Police Gazette. However, the fact that none of the examples offered here lists the name of the publication, issue, or date along the top border (commonly seen on Police Gazette supplements), suggests this group may have been issued as part of a year-end portfolio that could be purchased directly from the paper. This very likely also accounts for their particularly outstanding condition. Boxers (41): James Corbett, John L. Sullivan, James Jeffries, Abe Attell, Bob Armstrong, Tim Kearns, "Twin" Sullivan, Robert Fitzsimmons, Dave Sullivan, George Gardiner, Willie Fitzgerald, Eddie Lenny, Harry Forbes, Tommy Feltz, Joe Bernstein, Kid Carter, Jack Root, W. H. Rothwell, Tom Sharkey, Al Neill, Jack O'Brien, Charles (Kid) McCoy, Martin Flaherty, Jack Hamilton, Peter Maher, Joe Walcott, "Mysterious" Billy Smith, Willie Lewis, Gus Ruhlin, Joe Gans, Frank Erne, Terry McGovern, Henry Harris, Matty Mathews, Tommy Ryan, Tim Callahan, Kid Broad, Young Peter Jackson, George Dixon, Marvin Hart, and Benny Yanger. Wrestlers/Strongmen (10): Bech Olson, Louis Cyr, George Bothner, John Piening, John Beiling, John Rooney, Sandow, Tom Jenkins, "Contestants for the Police Gazette Diamond Medal" (photo pictures five bodybuilders), and Attila. Cyclists (6): Charley Murphy, Albert Champion, Jimmy Michaels, Eddie Bald, Major Taylor, and Bobby Walthour. Miscellaneous (2): Buffalo Bill and "Tod" Sloane (jockey). Police Gazette supplements are large (11.25 x 16 inches) and fragile (printed on thin paper stock). As such, they are easily damaged and seldom, if ever, found in high grade. The offered group is technically in Very Good condition overall, with most displaying minor border tears and chips, as well as light toning along the edges. However, the central image areas are generally free of any significant defects and display as Near Mint, and the condition of the group as a whole is far superior to what is normally seen. Total: 59 supplements. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $592.50
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