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This African-American heavyweight boxing champion won Olympic gold in 1952, then became the youngest heavyweight champion ever in 1956 at age 21; he reigned until 1959, and again from 1960 to 1962; inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. IPS, 8" X 10", n.p., 1960 February 13. Very good. Vertical fold running down the center, though faint and inoffensive. Famous full-length boxing portrait against a white background, inscribed large and bold at upper right in his usual handsome script: "To my Pal / Donald M. Burnell with / Health Luck and / Success. / Floyd Patterson / 2/13/60." These early signatures bear an enormous stylized capital "P" which entirely circles "Floyd" and which Patterson dropped in later years. This choice early piece was inscribed during the brief period between Patterson's two world heavyweight championships: About eight months before (June 26, 1959), he had lost the championship to Ingemar Johansson from Sweden, and about four months later (June 20, 1960) he would take it back from Johansson -- the first ever to accomplish this. Most Patterson inscribed photographs date from later life, making this example signed at the height of his fame scarce and desirable. N° de ref. de la librería
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Descripción African-American heavyweight boxing champion won Olympic gold in 1952, then became the youngest heavyweight champion ever in 1956 at age 21; he reigned until 1959, and again from 1960 to 1962; inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Color IPS, 5 3/4" X 4", n.p., n.y. Fine. Casual color head-and-shoulders portrait of a grinning Patterson on the image side of an unsent picture postcard advertising a northern European hamburger joint named Floyd's, the pugilist handsomely signs and inscribes to right of his image, "To Richard / Laade, / Sincere best wishes / Your friend / Floyd Patterson" in blue ballpoint. With original envelope, addressed in Patterson's hand, bearing his printed New Paltz, New York address and cancelled on 29 November 1976. Nº de ref. de la librería 34581