Postcard picturing former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, signed by Johnson in pencil on the reverse. Johnson’s signature, which measures 5 inches in length, occupies nearly the entire reverse and grades “7” overall. Jack Johnson was crowned the first African-American Heavyweight Champion in history when he defeated Tommy Burns in 1908. His dominance in the ring, combined with the color of his skin, his larger-than-life persona, and his lack of proper "respect" for the white establishment, created a chorus of cries for a "Great White Hope" to bring the championship back into the hands of a white boxer. For years, no such "Hope" was ever found and Johnson served as a lightning rod for the hatred of the white masses. Johnson eventually lost the title to Jess Willard in 1915, but because of his high lifestyle and outspoken manner, he remained in the public eye for years after his retirement. He eventually passed away in 1946 as a result of a car accident. The postcard (3.5 x 5.5 inches), which has not been addressed or mailed, displays moderate handling wear and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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