1927 Jack Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney Full Ticket - "Long Count" Bout Framed Display

Sold For: $593

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1354

Item Year: 1927

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Full ticket to the world's heavyweight boxing championship between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney held on September 22, 1927, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. This appears to be a proof ticket because it lacks both a printed seat number and row number. Furthermore, it displays four punch holes, which may have intended to prevent it from being used for admittance. Aside from the punch holes, and a tiny edge tear in the upper right corner, the ticket (6.75 x 2.75 inches) remains in outstanding Near Mint condition. Matted and framed together with individual 1933 Sport King cards of both Tunney and Dempsey (each Vg). This ticket is from the famous "long count" bout, in which Dempsey, the challenger, appeared to knock Tunney out in the seventh round. However, Dempsey did not immediately retreat to a neutral corner and his delay prompted referee Jack Barry to start the count late, some five to ten seconds after Tunney had gone down. Tunney used those extra seconds to recover, rising just before the count of ten. He then went on to defeat Dempsey for the second time by decision. Even though Dempsey's fans never forgave referee Jack Barry for the long count, and believed Dempsey had been cheated, Dempsey blamed no one but himself. Years later when asked about the long count, Dempsey simply said "I didn't know what I was doing. I guess I was punchy. I didn't get to my corner. Besides, Tunney wasn't hurt that bad." Either way, the fight remains one of the most controversial heavyweight title bouts in history and one that is still talked about today. The ticket and two cards together create an impressive display. Beautifully framed and ready to hang. Total Dimensions: 21 x 9 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $593

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