"THE RING" NEAR COMPLETE SET OF THE FIRST 564 ISSUES FROM EDITOR NAT FLEISCHER ARCHIVE COLLECTION.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:00:00 AM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:00:00 AM)
Auction #203 - Part I
Item numbers 1 through 1428 in auction 203
47 bound volumes. Each is a deckle finish black hard cover with sizes ranging from 8.5x11-1/8" to 9.25x12". Each volume contains 12 issues, February through the following January. A near half century of boxing history dating from the very first issue in Feb. 15, 1922 through Jan. 1970, missing only one volume Feb. 1930 to Jan. 1931. Extensive coverage of the major fighters down to the promising newcomers in all divisions. From Jack Dempsey to Cassius Clay. Each issue features classic covers and numerous photos, along with cartoons including TAD and Ripley in early issues, statistics, and an editorial page by Nat Fleischer. Early covers are printed in various single color tones with cover color becoming more extensive leading up to full color front covers by Jan. 1930. Inside pages are primarily b/w although several 1930s issues have some sepiatone pages. Page count ranges from 24 in the first few issues to 68+ in the last few issues. Gold text on spine is worn on 11 volumes. July 1922 issue is heavily water damaged. Just Fair. Jan. 1936 through Sept. 1949 issues have inside pages printed on pulp paper which has tanned a bit at edges. Several covers of Feb. 1940-Jan. 1941 have lt. moisture rippling as does Feb. 1942-Jan. 1943 and Dec. 1943 and Jan. 1944. July through Sept. 1944 issues have left side of front covers stuck to right side of back covers. Despite problems, issues are overall Fine/VF+. Nat Fleischer (1887-1972) edited Ring magazine for 50 years. He wrote 40 million words on boxing, including 57 books, judged and refereed 1000 fights. Fleischer's last issue as editor and publisher was Sept. 1972. In Sept. 2007 The Ring magazine was sold by the Kappa Publishing Group to Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Enterprises. The magazine is still being published today. An incredible who's who of boxing history and a wonderful archive from Nat Fleischer's own library which can become part of your sports library. High quality and impressive. Additional photos online. From the Richard Merkin collection and comes with Hake's COA.
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