JACK DEMPSEY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 43562
Sale Price $337.50
Black and white photograph of Jack Dempsey acting like he is knocking out a cop.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To a Real Champ/Murray De Castro/Luck Pal/Jack Dempsey". B/w, 8x10. Billed as the "Manassa Mauler" and the "toughest man ever to come out of the West," the 6-foot, 190-pound Dempsey met the 6-foot-6, 250-pound heavyweight champion Jess Willard on July 4, 1919, at Toledo, OH. Dempsey won on a 3rd-round knockout. During the next seven years, Dempsey defended his title only six times but made a lot of money in the process. His fight against Frenchman Georges Carpentier on July 2, 1921 produced boxing's first $1 million gate. He lost his title to Gene Tunney on September 23, 1926 in a ten-round decision after which he retired. Named the greatest fighter of the half-century in a 1950 Associated Press poll, he won 60 professional fights, 49 by knockout; lost 7, 1 by knockout; and fought 7 draws, 5 no-decisions, and 1 no-contest. Lightly creased, not at signature. Rippled at upper edge. Impressions of writing (not evident head on) at image and near Dempsey's inscription. Overall, fine condition.
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