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July 4, 1910 Jack Johnson vs J.J. Jeffries Heavyweight Championship Fight Ringside Full Ticket

Lot Number 1312

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Imagine yourself front and center for one of the most noteworthy bouts in prize fighting history, with this ticket from the 1910 Jack Johnson vs James J. Jeffries fight. Seeking a "great white hope" to dethrone the black heavyweight champion, the media of the day pressured long-retired Jeffries to make a comeback against Johnson. This historic event took place on July 4, 1910 at an outside ring built in downtown Reno, NV for the occasion. Though he lost more than 100 pounds to get in shape for this historic fight, the previously unbeaten Jeffries proved no match for Johnson, who was still in prime condition. Offered is a "Ringside" full ticket from this championship bout, which was billed as the "Fight of the Century". This prized ducat has a face value of "$50.00", which was the top price for admission to the event. Research for similar examples turned up lower priced tickets, but no other $50 examples were discovered. Compounding interest in this thrilling antique boxing souvenir, is the signature and inscription of Johnson's manager, which reads "Compliments of Sig Hart Mgr.". Following this written notation is a secretarial version of Johnson's autograph, accompanied by the date inscription "July 4th, 1910". This nicely preserved full ticket shows solid (VG+) condition quality and is graced with oval portrait photos of the participating fighters Johnson and Jeffries, along with promoters Tex Rickard and Jack Gleason. Come out swinging for this immensely important piece of boxing history. 

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