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1910 T226 Red Sun Jack Johnson SGC 80 EX/NM 6....

2009 April Signature Vintage Sports Memorabilia Auction #714

 
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Auction Ended On: Apr 23, 2009
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1910 T226 Red Sun Jack Johnson SGC 80 EX/NM 6. Graded SGC 80 EX/NM 6 by SGC, a pop 1-of-1 with none graded higher treasure. Actually, this is the only example graded to date by the top two grading services. Jack Johnson was a man who battled just as hard outside of the ring as he did inside it. Johnson became the World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Tommy Burns in Australia on December 26, 1908, becoming the first black man to accomplish that feat. Today, collectors' appreciation of this first African-American Heavyweight Champion has only continued to grow, considerably moreso in the wake of Ken Burns' PBS documentary "Unforgivable Blackness." Johnson is one of the most highly collected boxers and few collectibles bearing his name or image can match the scarcity of his T226 Red Sun tobacco card. This edition is the sister series to immensely popular baseball set which utilizes the same unmistakable format, green borders and brilliant red ink reverse. The the best of our research, there are but two confirmed Jack Johnson Red Suns in collector hands, the others in fair to poor condition. To date, this card has been only offered once before and is being offered now with a great deal of reluctance. The card has but a few minor condition flaws. The worst we can say is that it has slight corner wear. Positioning is almost dead center; insignificant edge chip along the left edge and a slight ripple to the upper right corner of the reverse are mentioned for complete accuracy. This rarity offers a bold image of the legendary fighter and will most likely retain its "best known" status for the foreseeable future. Quintessential Excellent to Mint condition.

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