Lot #800
Rocky Marciano Typed Letter Signed

Marciano needs some back help before his planned 'Super Fight'—"I don't want anything to kill this Ali deal"

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Estimate: $800+


Marciano needs some back help before his planned 'Super Fight'—"I don't want anything to kill this Ali deal"

TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, illustrated Rocky Marciano Enterprises, Inc. letterhead, June 2, 1969. Letter to William Reinmuth, Jr., of Sports Quest, in full: "Thanks for that nice card and photo. Barbara really loved it. My back has been giving me a lot of pain lately and I may have to have a doctor give me some kind of pain killer because you know how bad my back can get. I don't want anything to kill this Ali deal so I'll have to take it easy for a little while. I did finally get that letter from Gene Tunney and he is a great guy. The fighting Ex-marine was a hell of a fighter and is a real stand up kind of guy." Matted and framed to an overall size of 15 x 17.5. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

The Super Fight was a fictional boxing match between Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali shot in 1969 and released in 1970. At the time, Ali and Marciano were the only undefeated heavyweight champions in history, and fans often debated who would win had they met in their primes. Ali and Marciano were filmed sparring for 75 one-minute rounds producing several possible scenarios for a genuine fight, with the result claimed to have been determined using probability formulas entered into a computer.

This letter was written two months before Marciano was tragically killed in a plane crash.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #639 - Ended July 13, 2022

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