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Peter Jackson was born on the island of St. Croix, in the Danish West
Indies, in 1861. He was a natural athlete who developed a marvelous
physique by competing in various sports. Jackson began his boxing
career in 1882 in Australia and soon perfected his ring craft. He
combined a smooth style with lightning fast combination, and an
ability to hit hard with either hand. Jackson fought often and was
soon matched against the top heavyweights of his day, men like Joe
McAuliffe, Patsy Cardiff, Jem Smith, Frank Slavin and Jim Corbett. He
defeated them all, with the exception of Corbett, with whom he drew
after sixty-one rounds. The greatest opponent Jackson faced, however,
was social prejudice. Society mandated that John L. Sullivan, who was
the reigning Champion at the time, not give Jackson or any other
black fighter a shot at the Heavyweight crown. Denied his shot at the
title, Jackson never got the opportunity he so richly deserved, but
is still remembered as the great fighter he was. Offered here is an
incredibly rare signed cabinet card of Peter Jackson. The cabinet
card is 4 ? x 6 ? and pictures Jackson in the prime of his career in
full fight pose. A magnificent cabinet card by Sarony Studios. This
card has been boldly signed on the reverse in fountain pen ink. Front
of card appears EX with small chip at the bottom right corner and
stamping on the back that reads, "From The Albert Davis Collection."
"Peter Jackson" also written on the back in pencil. This is the only
signature of the great Peter Jackson we have offered in public sale.
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