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Pair of 1927 Jack Dempsey vs. Gene Tunney Full Tickets - "Long Count" Bout

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,560

Two full tickets to the world's heavyweight boxing championship between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney held on September 22, 1927, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Each ticket has been encapsulated and graded EX-5 by PSA. One ticket, for section 103, is priced at $20.00, while the other, for section 24, is priced at $30.00. These tickets are from the famous "long count" bout, in which Dempsey, the challenger, appeared to knock Tunney out in the seventh round. However, Dempsey did not immediately retreat to a neutral corner and his delay prompted referee Jack Barry to start the count late, some five to ten seconds after Tunney had gone down. Tunney used those extra seconds to recover, rising just before the count of ten. He then went on to defeat Dempsey for the second time by decision. Even though Dempsey's fans never forgave referee Jack Barry for the long count, and believed Dempsey had been cheated, Dempsey blamed no one but himself. Years later when asked about the long count, Dempsey simply said, "I didn't know what I was doing. I guess I was punchy. I didn't get to my corner. Besides, Tunney wasn't hurt that bad." Either way, the fight remains one of the most famous and controversial heavyweight title bouts in history and one that is still talked about to this day. Both tickets display just very light edge and corner wear, resulting in their technically accurate grades of EX. Each ticket measures 6.75 x 2.75 inches. Total: 2 tickets. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,560

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