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    1910 E125 American Caramel Jack Johnson SGC Authentic - Only Example Known. Jack Johnson (1878-1946) was a man who had to battle harder outside the ring than he did inside. The son of former slaves, from 1908-1915 Johnson reigned as the first African American world heavyweight champion. His style was distinctive. He was patient and seemed to play with his opponents at times, film show him having conversations with spectators while the bout was still taking place. Of course he was criticized for this even though the same technique was used by Jim Corbett who was praised in the press. The "Galveston Giant" had trailed the reigning Champ Tommy Burns across the globe, taunting the Canadian in the press. Burns finally accepted the challenge, then falling in the fourteenth round before a huge Australian crowd. It was that bout which began Jack Johnson's six and a half year tenure at the pinnacle of the boxing world. Soon after, the call for a "Great White Hope" was echoing through the sporting world. Noted American author Jack London had coined the phrase, an expression of ugly sentiment shared by the vast majority of white sports fans. His crowning achievement came on July 4, 1910, the "Fight of the Century" against retired heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries. Racial tension was brewing leading up to the fight and to prevent any harm to either boxer, reportedly, guns were prohibited within the arena as was the sale of alcohol. Naturally, Jeffries made the fight about the superior nature of the white man. It was clear that Johnson was the best fighter in the ring that day, knocking down Jeffries two times, a first for Jeffries... ever. His faith in white superiority came to a crushing end in the 15th round when his coach stopped the fight just before the unthinkable would occur... a knock out by Johnson. The most famous thrown towel in boxing history.

    The offered E125 American Caramel Co. of Jack Johnson (SGC Authentic) was produced to capitalize on this epic battle. The back reads, "This series show Jeffries & Johnson in six of their favorite positions, true to life, one of which is given free with each penny's worth of our Big Fight Caramels." This is the only pose and only example of Jack Johnson known to exist! Currently, there is only one known E125 of Jim Jeffries. The "A" assessment is explained by the missing bottom right/left tabs. A single crease on his left wrist and some age-toning along the left are also present. Only through pure speculation can we say whether or not another will ever be found. The extreme rarity of these boxing theme collectibles may be explained by not only the adult nature of boxing but also by the racial overtones of the event." It is possible only a precious few, if any, actually made their way into circulation as ads suggest an E125 was given away with the purchase of candy. One can imagine the reluctance of parents and a society to allow their child to freely pick the man who Ken Burns, in his Jack Johnson biography, described as "...the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth." This timeless piece holds the distinction of having both hobby and historical significance!


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