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    1820's Jack Randall Signed Boxing Book. Easily the earliest sports autograph featured in this Signature auction is a remarkably strong signature from British boxing Champion Jack Randall, a 2005 inductee to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Before severe alcoholism cut his life short at age thirty-four in 1828, Randall had been one of the most dominating pugilists in the sport, often credited as the inventor of the one-two punch. His autograph appears at the start of a chapter devoted to him in this early 1820's boxing volume entitled "The Fancy," and rates an unbelievable 9/10 after more than eighteen decades since its application to the page. The book has been rebound and shows some expected wear, with the occasional missing page (photocopies of missing pages are included), but it is still in fine condition for its advanced age. Our records indicate that no copies of this book have sold in the United States in the past twenty years, but one did sell in England for the equivalent of about five hundred dollars several years ago. While it should surprise few that there are no known exemplars of Randall's autograph, our experts have confirmed that the signature is vintage to the period, and we must assume that sports autograph forgery was not a booming criminal enterprise in the early nineteenth century. Those collecting boxing Hall of Famers are all but assured that this will be their only chance to own Randall's autograph.

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    May, 2006
    6th Saturday
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