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    Originally entered hobby when famed trainer's collection was auctioned in 1990

    1940's-50's Joe Louis Fight Worn Trunks from the Mannie Seamon Collection. Appropriately regal purple satin trunks were once owned and operated by the great Brown Bomber, the top-ranked puncher of all time according to the 2003 list compiled by the sport's leading publication, Ring Magazine. The trunks derive from the personal collection of Louis' head trainer Mannie Seamon, who got his start as assistant trainer under Jack Blackburn in 1937, taking over the lead role upon Blackburn's 1942 passing. The trunks were originally sold as part of "The Mannie Seamon Collection" by Guernsey's on April 29, 1990.

    The blue-trimmed trunks feature the custom "Made Expressly for Joe Louis" print on the "Everlast" manufacturer's label upon the waistband, and match exactly the style worn by Louis in bouts versus Johnny Paycheck, Red Burman, Lee Savold and Jersey Joe Walcott (1948), though the lack of color film or photography from those fights makes precise identification impossible.

    Definite wear is evident, and the high-quality satin construction assures that these are no mere training trunks. Arguably one of the top ten sportsmen of the twentieth century for both his athletic brilliance and cultural relevance, Louis remains one of the most highly prized figures in the collecting community. These trunks represent one of the most exciting offerings from his career to reach the auction block in recent memory, showcased in a shadow box display (no glass) along with various pieces of related Louis ephemera (28x33"). LOA from Craig Hamilton. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    August, 2020
    29th-30th Saturday-Sunday
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