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Max Baer-Ernie Schaaf 1932 Re-Match Signed Contracts and Chicago Stadium Fight Program

Lot Number 668

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In a re-match of a sound beating administered by Boston native Ernie Schaaf, West Coast invader Max Baer knocked Schaaf unconscious in their 1932 bout at the Chicago Stadium, perhaps causing the initial brain swelling that was to tragically fell Schaaf less than six months later. Among the most rare pennings in “The Sweet Science,” the signatures of both Baer (d.1959) and Schaaf (d.1933) have been rendered on these contracts for that 1932 encore. The documents list legal details with typewritten specifics promising each fighter 25% of the gate receipts. On the appropriate lines, each has signed in steel tip fountain pen (both “9-10” strength). Accompanying is a Chicago Stadium-issued fight program, which lists the headline bout and four undercard fights. With covers and pages intact, the program is affected by compacting folds. Cert/sticker from JSA.

Note: the JSA cert/sticker is for the authenticity of the Baer autograph. While the Schaaf signature is believed to be authentic, no known exemplars can be found, as this is undoubtedly one of the toughest autographs in American sports.

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