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BCN is the only magazine in the world devoted exclusively to collecting boxing memorabilia. And BCN is in its 24th year of publication. Every 16-24 page issue is chock full of ads, boxer addresses and articles. Lots of collectors are bidding in online auctions without any sense of what they are buying or what they should be paying. Don't risk your limited resources on possibly bogus material. Get smart today and subscribe to BCN.
Pop quiz: There are 15 different boxers pictured on this page. Can you name them? Answers can be found if you click "learn more."
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Also check out Lelands big auction. There are boxing items in sections from the Bert Sugar collection, Floyd Patterson section, Larry Holmes section and, of course, the Boxing section. Great stuff as usual.
BCN #268 is now available in the members area, as is 266. 268 is 24 pages with articles on Joe Choynski, some neat Ray Robinson pics, Joe Palooka, and a souvenir program from before 1900 and more. Check out two sale ads from collectors as well as some new stuff from the old guys. We are LIVE right now. Subscribe now and enjoy half your issues here and the other half delivered by mail.
What can you learn about boxing memorabilia from eBay?
Like most collectibles, boxing items abound on eBay and by checking what sells for what you can learn a great deal about prices in the hobby – if you have the time. BCN tries to point out the surprises and trends as we see them on eBay. Here's one tip you can take to the bank right now: watch those "Buy it Now" ads. If you sort all the boxing items on eBay by price with the highest first, you will find that pages upon pages are devoted to vastly overpriced "Buy it Now" items. Several times I have gone carefully through the list and it was not until somewhere around the 1000th item before any item remotely came near what that item would bring even in a well-managed sports collectible auction. Things that should have been $100-200 were yours for a paltry $10,000 plus. No, you are better served by doing your homework and bidding on items you have confidence in.
Buying Ali signatures
It is safe to assume that, at any one time, a person could purchase literally hundreds of items signed or supposedly signed by Muhammad Ali. Just put the search criteria in eBay or Google right now and you will see. Me? I wouldn't buy any that I couldn't pinpoint to a date and time and circumstance of the signing and from a source I trust. And I place no significance in so-called letters of authentication. All of these are careful to state that theirs is just an opinion and a learned opinion can be valuable but it is difficult to know who to trust. Perfect example. I have seen a PSA-certified signed photo of the old lightweight, Battling Nelson. PSA is a generally respected LOA source. I have maybe 8 other Nelson signatures to compare it to and they do not compare in my view but then it doesn't stop there. You see the photo itself is of Terry McGovern, not Nelson. So here's what you can't count on – that if you sell the piece later, the buyer will readily accept your LOA as authentic. For no signature is this truer than Muhammad Ali's. Start with the assumption that anyone can be fooled by a clever forgery and then look at how simple Ali's small signature is these days and you may stop collecting them altogether.
Did you know?
The oldest pursuit in all sports collecting
Collecting boxing memorabilia is one of the oldest if not THE oldest pursuits in all sports collecting. Since the sport dates back to gladiatorial contests with the "cestus" wrapped around the gladiators' hands, certainly someone was collecting items about their favorite gladiator. There are, at the very least, marble statues of the time. Later, handbills, newspaper articles, prints, etc. can be found from the late 1700's and the earliest collectible photos, cartes de visites, can be found from boxers in the mid-1800's. The popularity of boxing has fluctuated over the centuries but the resilience of it in the public appetite for sport is unquestioned. And the major collections of boxing memorabilia in the world today are testament to that resilience. Whether the fight program from the '20's or the fight-worn gloves of the 1990's, or an Etruscan vase with two men fighting on the side, boxing memorabilia remains among the historically richest of all such interests and the most diverse.