Score a knockout with this antique playing card deck of (54) with (53) boxing photo cards including a joker, plus (1) instructions card. Titled “Jeffries’ Championship Souvenir Playing Cards”, this exciting set was issued by the “W.P. Jeffries Company” of Los Angeles in 1909. Card fronts alternate between late-19th and early-20th Century depictions of individual boxers and fight scenes, while the backs all feature an identical portrait photo of legendary champion boxer James J. Jeffries. Showing average (VG-EX to EX-MT) condition with 10% slightly lesser, this incredible set of historic boxing photos is housed in its original factory box. Dated “Copyright 1909”, the box reports in solid condition with moderate wear, though the gold leaf lettering remains full and bold.
Highlights are individual fighter cards: James J. Jeffries, John L. Sullivan, James J. Corbett, Abe Attell, Tom Sharkey, Robert Fitzsimmons, Stanley Ketchel, “Battling” Nelson, Tommy Burns, Billy Papke, “Packey” McFarland, Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey, Owen Moran; and fight scenes: Jack Johnson vs McVey, Jeffries vs Fitzsimmons, Papke vs Ketchel, Jeffries vs Corbett.