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    C. 1862 C. D. Fredricks & Co. John Heenan CDV SGC Authentic. Another example of this rare relic shows this same image with a copyright date of 1862. That would make this the very first boxing card of any card type. The 2-3/8" x 4" CDV boasts a remarkable fully-detailed image of a full-figure, fists at the ready John Heenan. Heenan is a noted bare knuckle brawler whose historic bout with British Champion Tom Sayers remains one of the most famous matches in boxing history. The first bout to gain the interest of fight fans on both sides of the Atlantic, Heenan vs. Sayers made a hero of both as the fight ended in a bloody draw after more than forty rounds, with Sayers' arm and Heenan's hand broken and each almost blinded by swelling around the eyes. The reverse features the photographer's logo for "C. D. Fredricks & Co., with addresses in New York, Habana (Havana) and Paris. Written in pencil is "John Carmel Heenan (1835-1873), pugilist." The card mount appears to have hand cut top and right borders. The top two corner have light bends and extremely faint and totally unobtrusive surface wear is seen on the front and back and is mentioned for the sake of the most critical. A visually impressive example of a historical entry in sports card collectibles.

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