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    1909 John L. Sullivan Signed Album Page with Handwritten Note. The first millionaire American athlete, the Boston Strong Boy reigned as the first Heavyweight Champion of gloved boxing from 1881 to 1892, and is generally recognized as the last bare-knuckle Champ under the London Prize Ring rules. The hard-drinking, handlebar-mustached archetype of the 19th century fighter, Sullivan found religion and sobriety in his retirement, which likely inspired this rather zen-like missive:

    Compliments of John L. Sullivan, Jan. 23rd, 1909. Money is the universal passport to every place but Heaven and the universal provider for everything but Happiness.

    Sullivan's black fountain pen ink rates a flawless 10/10, and the 3.5x5.5" album page exhibits very light toning at the edges but no other issues of note. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    November, 2011
    10th-11th Thursday-Friday
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