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    1888 N332 S.F. Hess Peter Jackson SGC 50 VG/EX 4. Peter Jackson was born in St. Croix, Danish West Indies who learned to box in Australia. He was considered one of the greatest pugilists of his time. Jackson was denied titled recognition due to the prevailing social attitudes based in ignorance and hate. Although an obvious contender for the heavyweight title, white boxers, including John Sullivan, refused to fight him because he was African-American. Jackson's 61-round dual to a draw with Jim Corbett (who would beat Sullivan) is the finest evidence Jackson deserved to be among to fight the best of his day. His 97-3-3 lifetime record does include the titles "Australian Heavyweight Champion in 1886 and "Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight Champion in 1892. The offered collectible is one of the most sought after subjects and a very rare publicly circulated portrait (also among the first in the US) of an African-American athlete. Graded SGC 50 VG/EX 4 by SGC due to slight wrinkling and moderate corner wear. It is one of five total examples known with one higher. Overall, there are no major condition issues which is an unlikely statement made about a 120 year old relic. Jackson full figure portrait in nice detailed with pleasing contrast. A rare collectible with both social and hobby significance.



    N332 S.F. Hess Boxers (1889)

    S.F. Hess was a tobacco firm based in Rochester, New York. Taking a cue from the Old Judge line of baseball player insert cards, in 1889 Hess issued a their own line of real photo insert cards that featured boxers or pugilists from both the United States and abroad. Almost 120 years later, the exact number of subjects is still unknown. There are 86 confirmed subjects with new names being found from time to time. They are not common. Most hobbyists show just a single sample or two with only a select few advanced collections offering N332s in quantity. Heritage is proud to have this opportunity to offer an amazing 41 different subjects from this rare series. This is the largest quantity of N332 S.F. Hess boxers ever to be offered at one time via public auction.



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