JEFFRIES, JAMES SOUVENIR PIN (CIRCA 1910)

JO Sports Inc.

Regular price $750.00

HISTORY: On July 4, 1910 Jack Johnson successfully defended his heavyweight title against Jim Jeffries, the former champion. Jeffries had retired undefeated champion after his last fight in 1904. Encouraged greatly by a racist public eager to get rid of Jack Johnson, Jeffries agreed to fight Johnson, but age and an almost six year lay-off, coupled with Johnson's great skill and youth proved to be too much. Jeffries was easily defeated in a one sided match. Offered here is an original pinback of James Jeffries which was made as a souvenir for this event.

FULL DESCRIPTION: 1.5" diameter with a high outer edge metal back which has very concave center stamped by a large "Union Label" bug and with a fixed horizontal bar pin. Faint tone trace at 8 o'clock edge. NM. Rare, only one known to us. This is the photo example (from the Joe Stone Collection) used in Collectible Pin-Back Buttons 1896-1986 (page 213), as well as the Paul Muchinsky Collection Book Example.

Size: 1 1/2" diameter

Condition: Near Mint