MAX SCHMELING - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - HFSID 41509
Sale Price $126.00
MAX SCHMELINGThe World Heavyweight Champion pens his signature with “Best Wishes” to a fan on this 5x3 card, in blue ink Autograph Sentiment Signed: "Best Wishes/Max Schmeling" in blue ink. 5x3 index card. Max Schmeling (1905-2005) became World Heavyweight Champion in 1930, when he defeated Jack Sharkey for the title vacated by Gene Tunney in 1928. In 1932, Sharkey won the title in a 15-round decision over Schmeling. Schmeling scored a twelfth round knockout of the previously undefeated Joe Louis in 1936. In a closely followed rematch at Yankee Stadium in 1938, Louis knocked out Schmeling in the first round. Despite Nazi efforts to promote him as a symbol of Aryan supremacy, Schmeling refused Hitler's personal request to join the Nazi party and secretly protected German Jews at great risk to himself. A Coca Cola executive after World War II, Schmeling became a close friend of Joe Louis and served as a pallbearer at Louis' funeral (1981). Collector has typed: "Schmeling, Max" at upper left edge. Fine condition.
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