1908 John L. Sullivan Handwritten Letter

Sold For: $1,541

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1357

Item Year: 1908

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

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Two-page letter, dated March 31, 1908, signed by legendary bare-knuckle heavyweight boxing champion John L. Sullivan. In his letter, scripted in black ink on The Edison Hotel (Schenectady, New York) stationery, Sullivan writes to a friend, John Wilson, and discusses his recent activities. In part: "My dear John - I thought it was about time to drop you a line wishing you and the wife good health and everything else that goes with it. I had a good time at home and done the ____ business at the Harvard theatre and this is going _____ at this time of the year. I am here all this week. Next week am _____ beginning with Fall River, New Bedford, Lowell, _____, Haverhill and some other New England city, then I think I am in Brooklyn and will see you of course...John there is not much to write about and I can say I am feeling well and hope you and the wife are the same. The folks at home never get tired talking about you. And the girls are more than thankful for all the music you sent them..." It is signed "John L. Sullivan." Both the text and signature have been boldly scripted in black fountain pen and grade "9/10." Each page of the letter (5.5 x 8 inches) is slightly toned and bears two horizontal mailing folds; otherwise in apparent Near Mint condition. The letter has been matted and framed together with two vintage John L. Sullivan tobacco cards (E75 and T220; each Vg-Ex) to total dimensions of 22.5 x 14 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,541

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