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Jack Johnson Signed 1927 First Edition of Jack Johnson - In The Ring - And Out
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,440
Hardcover first edition of Jack Johnson – In The Ring – And Out by Jack Johnson, inscribed vertically in black fountain pen by Johnson on the front flyleaf: “Jack Johnson Former Heavyweight Champion – To Cliff Chamberline – Good Luck.” Both the signature and inscription are boldly penned and grade “9/10.” A pencil notation, reading “Inscribed by Jack Johnson” and a price, “$1,850,” also appear along the top of the front flyleaf. Published in 1927 by the National Sports Publishing Company, Chicago. Complete with its original dust jacket. Jack Johnson was crowned the first African American Heavyweight Champion in history when he defeated Tommy Burns in 1908. His dominance in the ring, combined with the color of his skin, his larger-than-life persona, and his lack of proper "respect" for the white establishment, created a chorus of cries for a "Great White Hope" to bring the championship back into the hands of a white boxer. For years, no such "hope" was ever found and Johnson served as a lightning rod for the hatred of the white masses. Johnson eventually lost the title to Jess Willard in 1915, but because of his high lifestyle and outspoken manner, he remained in the public eye for years after his retirement. He passed away in 1946 as a result of a car accident. The 259-page book displays moderate wear along the base of front cover and the pages remain clean and bright. In Excellent condition overall. The original dust jacket displays a few small tears along both the front and back (minor paper loss) and is in Very Good condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800+. SOLD FOR $1,440
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