1892 John L. Sullivan vs. James J. Corbett Full Fight Ticket

Sold For: $2,040

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2308

Item Year: 1892

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

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Full ticket for the "Battle of New Orleans" between champion John L. Sullivan and James J. Corbett held on September 7, 1892, at the Olympic Club in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ornately designed ticket, which cost the princely sum of $15.00, reads, "John L. Sullivan and Jas J. Corbett/Grand Glove Contest for the Heavyweight Championship of the World/At the Olympic Club, Wednesday, September 7th 1892. Nine O'Clock P.M./Tickets $15.00/Entrance Chartres St." The Sullivan/Corbett fight was historic, not only for its outcome, but for the fact that it was one of the first championship fights to be governed by the Marquess of Queensberry rules, which mandated that fighters wear gloves. After this fight, "Queensberry" rules became the norm, thereby making Sullivan the last bare-knuckle champion in history. Corbett knocked out Sullivan in the twenty-first round. After the bout, the always flamboyant Sullivan asserted "if I had to get licked I'm glad I was licked by an American." The fight marked the final bout of Sullivan's long and illustrious career. The ticket (4.25 x 3.25 inches) displays a tiny spot of discoloration along the bottom border and a few areas of surface paper loss on the reverse from having once been mounted in an album. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall and an attractive example of one of the most desirable of all nineteenth-century fight tickets. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.

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