Boxing Autographs, Cards, Books, Publications and Memorabilia
Lot 12. Very Rare “Wehman’s Book on the Art and Science of Boxing and Self Defence." Published in New York by Henry J. Wehman, this 1892 softcover is subtitled “Together with a Concise History of the Noted Pugilists and Boxers of America and Europe.” It contains 87 pages of text and another 31 pages advertising other books published by Wehman, one of the leading publishers of the era. Various boxing tactics are described and illustrated with drawings. The book contains biographical sketches of numerous boxers, such as John C. Heenan, John L. Sullivan, Jake Kilrain and Jack Dempsey (the Nonpareil). Technically g, the book is complete with somewhat brittle pages and edge chips on the front cover and first 10 pages. The population of original copies of this book on the Internet is between tiny and extinct.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 256. 1957 Check Signed by George Trafton, Pro Football Hall of Fame and 1920s All-Decade Team Center. He also was a football coach, boxer and boxing manager. Trafton’s NFL career spanned 1920-21 for the Decatur Staleys and 1923-32 for the Chicago Bears. He played on two NFL championship teams and was a six-time All-Pro. Red Grange called him the “meanest, toughest player alive.” In the 1940s, he served as a line coach for the Packers and then the Rams. In 1964, Trafton was part of the second class inducted into the Hall of Fame. He died in 1971. His autograph, uncommon on anything, is large, bold and nm-m 8 to mint 9 on a check for the real estate and property management business he operated. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Winning Bid $113
Lot 274. 1888 A16 Allen & Ginter World’s Champions Album Page with John L. Sullivan, along with three other pugilists: Charlie Mitchell, Jack McAuliffe and Jimmy Carney. The album is based on the N28 cards. The page has some staining near the bottom and top, two small creases visible only on the blank back near the lower right corner and a tiny bit of paper loss on Sullivan’s left arm. Vg to vg-ex with a tremendous appearance.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 275. 1911 T9 Turkey Red #55 James Jeffries. Technically g, this card has an unimprovable image of the Hall of Fame boxer. The grade results from problems in the border and on the back - a small chip, a small crease, tape residue and several scuffs in the border, and stains, tape residue and creases on the back.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 276. 5 Different 1920s Strip Cards of Boxers from 3 Different Sets. 1920 W529 Lou Tendler (Light Weight) ex-m. 1926-27 W512 Abe Goldstein (Bantamweight Champ.) f-g. 1928 W513 #89 Tom Heeney (Australian Heavyweight Champion) nm+, 90 Jack Delaney (Leading Heavyweight America) vg-ex and 95 Sammy Mandell (World’s Champion Lightweight) vg+.
Minimum Bid $20
Lot 277. “Heavyweight Champion of the World Titleholders 1882-1939” Vintage Poster. This 21” x 21 ½” poster features colorized photos of heavyweight champions with the boxer’s name, championship year and brief fight details below. Apparently from 1940, the poster shows some creases, fraying on portions of the edges and some moderate stains in the upper and lower borders. Heavyweight champions on the poster are Max Baer, James J. Braddock, Tommy Burns, Primo Carnera, James J. Corbett, Jack Dempsey, Bob Fitzsimmons, Marvin Hart, Jim Jefferies, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, Jack Sharkey, John L. Sullivan, Gene Tunney and Jess Willard. Also pictured are Tex Rickard, a boxing promoter and founder of the NHL New York Rangers, and Joe Humphreys, a boxing official and announcer who officiated many top prize fights spanning almost 50 years. This vintage poster can be a terrific display piece for a boxing enthusiast.
Minimum Bid $75
Lot 278. 7 1930s Boxing Annuals and 2 Scarce Books from 1901 and 1902. American Sports Publishing, associated with Spalding’s Athletic Library, published both of the softcover books. “Bag Punching: A Book Devoted to the Details of the Exercise” provides 37 pages of text and illustrations by an unknown author and artist. Twenty-four pages advertising Spalding equipment follow the text. G-vg and complete with tape added to the spine. “Boxing” by Prof. William Elmer is without covers. Text is complete; advertising pages may or may not be. More than 200 pages of text and photos give detailed instruction on the science of boxing. Many recognized boxers are pictured, including Sullivan, Corbett, Jeffries, Fitzsimmons, Attell and Gans. The pages of the book are vg+ to ex. The annuals are the “Post Boxing Record” for 1934 (Primo Carnera cover), g+ (no back cover and otherwise vg), 1935 (Max Baer cover) vg+ to ex, and 1937, g+ (vg, no back cover); “Everlast Boxing Record” for 1935 (2 copies) one vg and one g-vg; and “Boxing News Record Illustrated” for 1937 and 1938 (James J. Braddock cover), both vg. Also, a 28-page pamphlet, “Heavyweight Boxing Champions,” 1938, no front cover and otherwise vg.
Minimum Bid $40
Lot 279. 4 Boxing Books –Dempsey, Johnson, Sullivan Bios and a Golden Age History. All are hardbacks, and two are stated first editions. 1. “Jack Dempsey: The Idol of Fistiana” by Nat Fleischer. This 157-page 1936 Revised Edition from the Ring Athletic Library features a foreword by the boxing great himself. Numerous photos and illustrations of Dempsey are included. Fleischer, editor of “The Ring” magazine for more than 50 years, provides an “Intimate Narrative” of Dempsey’s life in and out of the boxing arena. The book is ex+ with a vg+ dust jacket. 2. “Jack Johnson in the Ring - and Out” by Johnson himself. This 259-page autobiography, published by National Sports Publishing Company in 1927, is a stated first edition. It offers Introductory Articles by Ed. W. Smith, sports critic and referee; cartoonist Tad Dorgan, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame as an Observer; newspaperman and short story writer Damon Runyon, and Mrs. Jack Johnson. The book, without a dust jacket, is ex-m and contains photos and illustrations of Johnson. 3. “John L. Sullivan” by R. F. Dibble is an apparent first edition published in 1925 by Little, Brown, and Company. The 209-page book traces Sullivan’s life from boyhood to old age. Photos and illustrations throughout the book assist in depicting his life and career. Ex book with foxing on some early pages, no dust jacket. 4. “White Hopes and Other Tigers” by John Lardner, Ring Lardner’s eldest son. This 190-page book, with copyright dates from 1947-51, is a stated first edition from the J. B. Lippencott Co. It examines the “Golden Age” of boxing, from 1910-30. It covers Jack Johnson, Georges Carpentier, Luis Angel Firpo, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunny and others. The book is ex with a g+ dust jacket.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 346. 3 Display Panels, Sports and Non-Sport, to Promote 1950-60s Exhibit Cards Baseball, boxing, wrestling and “Hollywood Dancers” are represented in these panels, which were used on the fronts of vending machines that dispensed exhibit cards or were displayed nearby to promote exhibit card sales. As was often the case, these panels consist of exhibit card fronts printed on thin paper stock. A “Baseball Stars” display, approximately 7 ½” x 12 ½”, features brown & white cards of Fox, Kaline, Kuenn and Mathews. Another display, titled “Wrestlers – Prize Fighters” and measuring 12 ½” x 18 ½”, has six wrestlers, including Buddy Rogers, Haystacks Calhoun and “Cowboy” Bob Ellis, and six boxers – Cassius Clay, Sonny Liston, Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd Patterson, Harold Johnson and Doug Jones. The largest display, 12 ½” x 24 ½” and titled “Hollywood Dancers,” has 12 cards, including Mitzi Gaynor, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Hutton and Debra Paget. These panels are vg and display nicely. The “Dancers” display has an edge chip and tear.
Winning Bid $138
Lot 562. 10 Vintage Guides or Books on Track and Field, Hockey, Golf, Tennis and Running. These publications are softcovers unless otherwise noted. One of the scarcer publications is “How to Sprint” edited by Archie Hahn. This 246-page 1929 softcover is from “Spalding’s Athletic Library.” One of the best sprinters of the 20th century, Hahn won gold medals in three events at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis. The book has photos of various sprinters. Vg-ex with a name written on the front cover. The “1915 Spalding’s Official Athletic Almanac” has more than 200 pages on track and field competition, swimming and boxing. It is illustrated with photos and contains information on intercollegiate and international events. No covers, vg-ex pages, content complete. Also: “The Track Events and Analysis of Correct Form,” Maj. John L. Griffith and “Potsy” Clark, 1923, from the Wilson Athletic Library, 64 pages, vg; “Constitution, By-Laws and Laws of Athletics, Inter-Collegiate Association, Amateur Athletes America,” 1902, no covers, 64 vg pages; and “The Olympic Discus: A Story of Ancient Greece,” Jan Parandowski, 1964 edition softcover, vg-ex. HOCKEY is represented by the “1952 Official Hockey Guide of the Amate4ur Hockey Association of the United States,” 262 pages with photos of many youth teams, vg. GOLF’s entry is the 1949 “Official Golf Guide,” a 256-page hardback edited by Fred Corcoran and published by A. S. Barnes & Company. Golfer of the Year Ben Hogan is on the front cover of the guide, which is vg+. Two LAWN TENNIS annuals are part of this collection, Spalding’s offering for 1919, f-g, and Wright & Ditson’s for 1934, vg. Top players are pictured in each guide. Finally, this group includes “The Complete Runner.” 1978 “from the editors of ‘Runner’s World’ magazine,” 392 pages, ex.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 569. 9 1955 “Sport” Magazines – Marciano as “Man of the Year,” Baseball Covers, Etc. In its March issue, “Sport” recognized Marciano as its top performer of 1954. Other stars of the year are recognized inside, including Willie Mays, Doak Walker, Red Kelly, Pancho Gonzales and Roger Bannister. The cover is ex. Other issues are from: Jan., Pete Pihos cover with four other athletes, vg+; Feb., Al Dark, staple hole, otherwise vg-ex; May, Bobby Thomson, ex; June, Johnny Antonelli, vg; July, Ned Garver, vg+ to ex; Aug., Paul Richards, vg-ex; Sept., Duke Snider, ex, and Nov., Eddie Erdelatz and others, vg.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 571. 43 Different Issues of “The Sporting News” 1986-1990. The issues are generally ex with a mailing label. The list follows, with key sports figures and special issues identified. 1986: 3/10 Hershel Walker, Doug Flutie, 6/30 George Steinbrenner, Len Bias, 9/29 Roger Clemens, 10/13 World Series issue, 10/27 Mike Schmidt, 11/3 World Series coverage, 11/11 Basketball Special and 11/17 Lawrence Taylor. 1987: 1/19 Super Bowl Preview, 2/2 Giants Win Super Bowl, 2/9 Mike Tyson, 4/13 Baseball Special, 4/27 Magic Johnson, 5/11 Andre Dawson, 8/10 Misleading Baseball Statistics, 9/14, 9/21, 10/19 World Series issue, 10/26 Bo Jackson, 11/16 Eddie Murray, Martina Navratilova, 11/23 Walter Payton and 12/14. 1988: 2/22 Mario Lemieux,, Charles Barkley, 4/11 Baseball Special, 5/16 Mark McGwire, 6/6 Nolan Ryan, 7/11 Baseball Cards and 10/17 Wade Boggs. 1989: 4/10 Ken Griffey Jr. & Sr., 4/24 Pete Rose Banned from Baseball, 5/1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 5/22 Tommy John, 6/19 (150 Years of Baseball issue, cover photos of Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Josh Gibson, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ted Williams and many others), 8/21 Nolan Ryan, 9/4 Pete Rose and 10/16 Ryne Sandberg. 1990: 4/30 Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek, 7/16 Lyle Alzado, 7/23 Bert Blyleven, 7/30 Dave Parker, 8/6 Darryl Strawberry, 10/22 Dennis Eckersley and 10/29 Reds celebrate World Series win.
Winning Bid $35