October 2012 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/25/2012
Graded VG+ 3.5 by SGC. Still regarded by some fight historians as the single greatest heavyweight in history, James J. Jeffries was certainly a fearsome and intimidating fighter who established plenty of credentials for himself in just 21 professional prizefights. He was the very embodiment of the rugged, two-fisted hulk of brawn that people at the turn of the century wanted their champion to be. It is unfortunate that his loss to Jack Johnson, after a six-year layoff from boxing, remains the best known moment of his career, for Jeffries' accomplishments were many. He fought nine bouts against future hall of famers and made seven defenses of the championship. His fighting prowess was so great, in fact, that respected boxing historian Tracy Callis recently wrote that Jeffries' combination of assets makes him the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. Even Jack Johnson, Jeffries' more famous conqueror, before his own death in 1946, stated that he felt Jeffries was the best of any era. A stunning overall interior appearance as well as bright bold well defined colors make this an exceptional presentation from this ultra popular set.
1910-11 T9 Turkey Red #55 James Jeffries SGC 45 VG+ 3.5
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