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John L. Sullivan

Signature of heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan

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Signature of heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan

Boxer known as the Boston Strong Boy. Fighting on turf, and with bare knuckles, Sullivan became the heavyweight champion of the world under the London Prize Ring rules by defeating Paddy Ryan on February 7, 1882. Ten years later, on September 7, 1892, he lost the championship to James J. Corbett under the new Queensberry rules. Fountain pen signature and inscription, “Compliments of John L. Sullivan to John Wilkson,” on an off-white 6.25 x 3.5 card with an image of the championship belt across the top, dated May 4, 1907. These cards were probably handed out by Sullivan to fans and well-wishers. Custom cloth matted and framed by the Gallery of History with a nice photo of Sullivan in a boxing pose and a biographical plaque, to an overall size of 23 x 18.25. In fine condition, with light toning and a small area of edge loss to left side, not affecting signature. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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  • Dates: #381 - Ended January 18, 2012

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