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1959 World Heavywieght Championship Fight Press Kit, Working Press Ticket, Ingemar Johansson & Floyd Patterson Signed 8x10 Photos

Presented is a collection from the 1959 World Heavywieght Championship Fight - Floyd Patterson vs. Ingemar Johansson. Included in the collection is a press kit with news releases and photos. Also included, is a working press ticket stub for the fight at Yankee Stadium (June 25th, 1959). And to highlight the collection, are two signed 8x10 photos. Johansson signed his in black felt tip ("9-10") and Patterson preferred blue ballpoint ("9") with an inscription to the original owner "To Frankie, All the best. Your Friend Floyd Patterson." In the bout, Johansson knocked out Patterson to become the boxing heavyweight champion of the world.

Frank Rinella and Pittsburgh Post Gazette sportswriter Al Abrams shared a common bond in their love of sports. It was Abrams who was a newspaper lifer. After joining the Post Gazette in 1926, Abrams was the paper’s sports editor from 1947 to 1974.
Accompanying Abrams to many of the games was Rinella, a friend in the truest sense. The duo went to many Super Bowls, All-Star Games and even attended a couple of World Series.
American Memorabilia is proud to offer many of the treasures Abrams gifted Rinella through the years of their friendship. Other items come directly from Rinella’s extensive sports collection, which started in the mid ‘30s. Once Rinella secured his sports artifacts, he took great care of them and stored them with the utmost care. These have never been offered for public sale until now.


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