Simultaneously promoting fighters, cities, venues and holidays, the offered full boxing tickets span seven decades of memorable figures of “The Sweet Science.” Includes: 1923 Dempsey vs. Gibbons: issued in Shelby, Montana in hopes of drawing masses to the rural town in which oil had recently been discovered; presents (EX); 1980 Leonard vs. Duran: Graded GEM MT 10 by PSA, this full voucher was issued for the first of two 1980 bouts between the middleweights; (2) 1983 Duran vs. Hagler: printer’s proofs.
1923 Jack Dempsey vs. Tommy Gibbons July 4 Full Ticket: issued in Shelby, Montana for the Heavyweight title bout between Dempsey and the unknown Gibbons, this full ticket is a scarce survivor from perhaps the worst financial disaster in boxing history. As the economy and opportunities boomed out West (specifically, in California), rustic Shelby, Montana was the site of a recent oil discovery and deemed the ideal place for the championship fight. But a makeshift arena and the remote location resulted in a paid attendance of only 7,702. The offered voucher showcases vibrant details on thick stock with sturdy perforations. An absolutely gorgeous and crease-free survivor!
June 20, 1983 Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard Full Ticket: encapsulated and Graded GEM MT 10 by PSA, this full ticket was issued in Montreal for the first of two 1980 title bouts between the bitter middleweight rivals. The crisp voucher warrants its lofty technical assessment and features printed seating/event details (in French) and black-and-white likenesses of the combatants. Duran’s victory, coupled with angry words between the fighters, virtually guaranteed a re-match, which took place in November, 1980.
(2) 1983 Marvin Hagler vs. Roberto Duran Full Tickets: respectively issued at Las Vegas’ Dunes Hotel and Caesars Palace, these printer’s proof tickets carry a hefty “$600” price tag. (The Dunes had originally been slated as the venue but the fight was moved across the street to Caesars.) With identical designs, the vouchers feature printed event details and a colorful artist’s rendition of the fighters. “VOID” stampings in the place of seating identifiers indicate printer’s proof status. The obverse of each presents (NM) with strong perforations and sharp edges/corners. There is a small strip of adhesive residue on the reverse of each.