1909 James Jeffries Playing Cards Complete Set in Original Box!

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 2048

Item Year: 1909

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

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Issued in 1909 by the W. P. Jeffries Company of Los Angeles, California, the "James J. Jeffries Championship Souvenir Playing Cards" set features fifty-four cards with extremely striking images of famous boxers (Sullivan, Johnson, Corbett, Attell, Jeffries, Sharkey, Fitzsimmons, etc.) and fight scenes. The backs feature an image of heavyweight champion James Jeffries dressed in street clothes. Offered is a complete 53-card set in outstanding condition, Nr/Mt or better overall. The set is also accompanied by the original box (Gd/Vg) and the "title" card (Nr/Mt). All the cards are bright, crisp, and clean, having been beautifully preserved in their original box over the years. The card backs are a vibrant red color and display only light touches of wear against the fragile borders. In any condition, this set represents one of the most extraordinary values in vintage boxing-card collecting. This is a beautiful high-grade complete set of one of the most substantial and well-produced of all early boxing-card issues. Total: 55 items (complete set of 53 cards, original box, and "title" card). Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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