MAX SCHMELING - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 283253
Sale Price $378.00
MAX SCHMELINGHeavyweight champion Max Schmeling signed this typed letter on his personalized stationery to a fan in 1976. Accompanied by original mailing envelope. Typed letter signed "Max Schmeling". 1 page, 8¼x11½, on Scmheling's personalized stationery. Okt. 25, 1976.In full: "Dear Mr. Farmer! I thank you for your lines and gladly send you the desired photo [not included]. Hoping to have given you a little pleasure I remain With cordially greetings". Lightly toned and creased. Folded in half vertically and twice horizontally, comes folded once. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope from Schmeling's personalized stationery. 6¼x4¼. Addressed to Mr. Eddie Farmer, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. One West German 70-fennig color Carl Schulz stamp affixed. Envelope is open and empty. Lightly toned and creased. Neatly torn open along top edge. Light staining from adhesive on verso (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition. 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. At Yankee Stadium in 1936,Schmeling scored a twelfth round knockout of the previously undefeated Joe Louis. 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, Schmelingrefused Hitler's personal request to join the Nazi party and secretly protected German Jewsat 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).
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