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    1889 John L. Sullivan vs. Jake Kilrain Ticket Stub, PSA PR 1 (MK)--The Only PSA-Graded Example!
    Widely considered the very first Heavyweight Championship bout, this brutal battle in Richburg, Mississippi was likewise the last bare knuckle boxing championship before the introduction of the Marquis of Queensbury rules. Three thousand spectators boarded special trains to the secret location, kept under wraps to avoid the otherwise certain interference of law enforcement. The match would stretch to seventy-five of its scheduled eighty rounds before the Boston Strong Boy put Kilrain down for good.

    It's a toss-up among boxing historians as to whether this contest, or Sullivan vs. Corbett, was the most significant fight of the nineteenth century, but there's no question that this is the far rarer ticket. In fact, this stub represents the sole example in the PSA population!

    It's creased, soiled and bears faded pencil writing on verso (accounting for the "MK" qualifier), but clearly the supreme rarity and significance far outweigh any condition concerns. Encapsulated by PSA, PR 1 (MK).

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    May, 2018
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
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