November 2009 Catalog > Sports > The Earl Grenninger Signed Photograph Collection
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Lot 829: Jack Johnson Signed Photograph
The “Galveston Giant,” Jack Johnson, was the first black Heavyweight Champ in boxing history, and it could be argued the most talented boxer of his generation. This 8 x 10" photo, depicting Johnson in an old-fashioned boxing pose on a blank background, shows the illustrious boxer ready to clobber any oncomer. In the lower left, a slightly smudged inscription in blue ink reads, “To Earl with best wishes From Jack Johnson,” and opposite that, there is a more ornate signature in black ink reading simply, “Jack Johnson.” The image is slightly faded at the bottom, but overall presents nicely, with good contrast and lighting.
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