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Pair of Full Tickets to the 1936 Joe Louis/Max Schmeling Boxing Match - Louis' First Defeat
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,777.50
Pair of full tickets to the first of two historic boxing matches between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling, held on June 18, 1936, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Both tickets, which feature portrait images of Louis and Schmeling, are for adjacent seats at "Ringside." Although Schmeling was a former World Champion, Louis entered their first bout with a 23-0 record and was considered unbeatable at the time. Schmeling, however, shocked the boxing world by knocking Louis out in round 12. Perhaps larger than the fight itself were the political ramifications of Schmeling's victory. Schmeling was a German and Hitler immediately capitalized on his victory as a further example of Aryan superiority. By the time of their second bout, in 1938, Louis had become heavyweight champion, but had declared that he personally would not recognize himself as champion until he defeated Schmeling. He received that opportunity on June 22nd, with the bout once again taking place at Yankee Stadium. With the hopes of the entire nation upon his shoulders, Louis proceeded to score a TKO victory in the first round after flooring Schmeling three times. Tickets to the first Louis/Schmeling fight are scarcer than those for the second bout, especially full examples such as these. Both tickets (7.25 x 2.75 inches) are in Very Good to Excellent condition overall, with each displaying moderate handling wear, mainly along the edges and corners. Each ticket also displays a tiny abrasion on the front. Total: 2 tickets. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,777.50
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