Collection of three different nineteenth-century boxing cards. 1)
Rare nineteenth-century boxing tobacco card from the N150 Honest Long Cut series, featuring legendary Hall of Famer John L. Sullivan (with top hat pose), the most celebrated of all nineteenth-century boxing champions. 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 neatly clipped along the bottom (missing some lettering of the advertisement which reads "Honest Long Cut"). The card is bright, crisp, and clean, with a flawless image, and light wear on the corners. Clean reverse. Aside from being clipped, it is otherwise in Excellent condition. 2)
Circa 1898 cabinet photo featuring legendary Hall of Famer Jim Jeffries. The studio photograph captures Jeffries in formal attire, seated in a chair. The photographer's credit, "Frank Wendt – Boonton, N. J.," appears along the base. The card (4.25 x 6.5 inches) mount is clean with a couple spots of toning on the base. The photo contrast is a little light and the reverse is perfectly clean. 3)
1887 cabinet photo entitled “Fistinas Heroes.” This is the first example of this extraordinary cabinet card we have ever seen. The composite image is comprised of individual studio portraits of twenty-five legendary boxers dressed in formal attire. All the boxers are identified in print below their respective images, including John Morrisey, John L. Sullivan, Jack Dempsey, Capt. Jas. Dailey, Jack Burke, Joe Goss, Joe Coburn, Billy Edwards, John Dwyer, Johnny Farrell, Billy Madden, Patsy O’Leary, and Jack McAuliffe. The photographer's credit, "W. H. Reed & Co. – Detroit, Mich.," appears along the base. Each of the player portraits displays exceptional clarity and most of the printed names are clearly legible. Aside from some surface wear on the reverse of the mount, both the photo and mount (4.25 x 6.5 inches) are in overall Ex-Mt condition. This attractive selection of nineteenth-century boxing-cards featuring several legendary prizefighters would making an outstanding addition to any advanced boxing-card collection. Total: 3 cards. Reserve $400. Estimate (open).
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