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Boxing Memorabilia

Modern boxing, also known as the “sweet science,” surfaced in England sometime during the 16th century, when bare-knuckled fighters competed without regulation. The sport was reformed in the 1860s after John Douglass, Marquess of Queensury, developed a set of 12 boxing rules making the sport safer and more consistent. By the 1880s, boxing gained popularity in the US and elsewhere, propelling it as an Olympic sport and a major spectator sport in both professional and amateur realms.

Traditional boxing memorabilia includes ticket stubs, posters, programs, trading cards, buttons, and fight-used gear. Also collectible are newspaper articles covering matches, magazines featuring boxers, photos, and original artwork. Films and tapes are considered more modern-day additions to the enthusiast’s shelf.

Each June, the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in Canastota, New York, holds a four-day event with a ceremony welcoming new Hall of Fame inductees. For a collector, this is an opportune time to speak with boxing favorites as well as gather autographs and event souvenirs. Another museum, the World Boxing Hall of Fame (WBHF) in Riverside, California, holds its induction ceremony each October.


Quick Facts

  • The most coveted boxing card is a 1948 Leaf Rocky Graziano card. Experts say its value may reflect circumstances involving the halt of the card’s production. It’s unknown how many exist, but in 2011, a mid-grade Graziano card sold for $41,125
  • Boxer Jack Dempsey was the first athlete to be featured on the cover of TIME magazine in September 1923
  • The gloves worn by Muhammed Ali and Sonny Liston during a 1965 rematch in which Ali made a first-round knockout sold in February 2015 for $956,000

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(39) 1928 Churchman Boxing Cards
Feb 26, 2:00 PM EST
(39) 1928 Churchman Boxing Cards
by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$253 Bids
1982 Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Clooney Heavyweight Boxing Match at Caesar's Palace Cleveland Poster
Feb 24, 9:00 AM EST
1982 Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Clooney Heavyweight Boxing Match at Caesar's Palace Cleveland Poster
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$251 Bid
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Muhammad Ali - Poster - Handsigned
Feb 24, 9:00 AM CET
Muhammad Ali - Poster - Handsigned
by Art Atelier
Est: €100- €200
€501 Bid
Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Championship Photo Print
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
Muhammad Ali Heavyweight Championship Photo Print
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
(2) Circa 1910 Boxing Cards
Feb 26, 2:00 PM EST
(2) Circa 1910 Boxing Cards
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$51 Bid
1955 Topps Scoop #65 Marciano K.O.'s Walcott Card
Mar 18, 6:00 PM EDT
1955 Topps Scoop #65 Marciano K.O.'s Walcott Card
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
[BOXING CABINET CARD]. BURNS, Tommy (1881-1951). Cabinet Ph...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[BOXING CABINET CARD]. BURNS, Tommy (1881-1951). Cabinet Ph...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
COLLECTION OF (6) VINTAGE PHILADELPHIA BOXING POSTERS, UNFRAMED
Feb 23, 11:00 AM EST
COLLECTION OF (6) VINTAGE PHILADELPHIA BOXING POSTERS, UNFRAMED
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Evander Holyfield Heavyweight Boxing Photo Print
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
Evander Holyfield Heavyweight Boxing Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
1998 Boxing Promotional Poster TKO Productions Cleveland Gray's Armory
Feb 24, 9:00 AM EST
1998 Boxing Promotional Poster TKO Productions Cleveland Gray's Armory
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
(2) Circa 1910 Boxing Cards
Feb 26, 2:00 PM EST
(2) Circa 1910 Boxing Cards
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$50 Bids
Muhammad Ali & Sonny Liston The Second-Round Fight Battle of the Legends Original Bronze - 12" x 16"
Mar 12, 9:00 PM EDT
Muhammad Ali & Sonny Liston The Second-Round Fight Battle of the Legends Original Bronze - 12" x 16"
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $900- $1,200
$6500 Bids
JOE FRAZIER VS MUHAMMAD ALI POSTER
Feb 29, 9:00 AM EST
JOE FRAZIER VS MUHAMMAD ALI POSTER
by Fairhill Auction LLC
Est: $140- $240
$700 Bids
Miscellaneous Boxing lot
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Miscellaneous Boxing lot
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$50 Bids
Robin Austin b.1959 Muhammad Ali Metal Art Collage
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
Robin Austin b.1959 Muhammad Ali Metal Art Collage
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $1,500
$2500 Bids
1991 Ringlords Boxing Mike Tyson #NNO Sample Card
Feb 24, 9:45 AM CST
1991 Ringlords Boxing Mike Tyson #NNO Sample Card
by Sports Collectibles
Est: $10- $30
$50 Bids
Two fairground trade cards for 'The Billy Wood International Boxing Academy',
Mar 07, 4:00 PM GMT
Two fairground trade cards for 'The Billy Wood International Boxing Academy',
by Sworders
Est: £50- £100
£400 Bids
MAMMOTH ENLARGEMENT OF A 1938 HARLEM RENAISSANCE STREET TEEN BOYS BOXING
Feb 25, 10:00 AM EST
MAMMOTH ENLARGEMENT OF A 1938 HARLEM RENAISSANCE STREET TEEN BOYS BOXING
by Raynor's Historical Collectible Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
(6) BOXING SPORTS ILLUSTRATED & MORE
Feb 29, 11:00 AM EST
(6) BOXING SPORTS ILLUSTRATED & MORE
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $15- $25
$100 Bids
PLAY IT TO THE BONE (1999) - Press Release Folder
Mar 14, 9:00 AM PDT
PLAY IT TO THE BONE (1999) - Press Release Folder
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $100- $200
$1000 Bids
1951 Topps Ringside boxing card #94 Paddy DeMarco
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
1951 Topps Ringside boxing card #94 Paddy DeMarco
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $100- $200
$40 Bids
Group of 1950's Boxing Black and White Cardboard Novelty Exhibit Cards
Feb 24, 9:00 AM EST
Group of 1950's Boxing Black and White Cardboard Novelty Exhibit Cards
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$400 Bids
1923 Boxing Dempsey vs Gibbons Ticket PSA 4
Mar 23, 10:30 AM EDT
1923 Boxing Dempsey vs Gibbons Ticket PSA 4
by National Artifacts
Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids

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