1911 Boys’ Friend Famous Boxers Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Boys’ Friend Famous Boxers
Year 1911
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″
Images Color
Type Publications
Number in Set

1911 Boys’ Friend Famous Boxers Overview

Jack Johnson 1911 Boys Friend Famous Boxers BoxingThese cards were distributed by Boys’ Friend publication, a British tabloid newspaper.

It is a brief three-card set featuring three boxers of the time. Titled the Famous Boxer set, it is headlined by the legendary Jack Johnson. The cards are also hand cut.

Cards have full color images in front of entirely white backgrounds. The backs number the cards, calling them a part of the Boys’ Friend Picture Gallery. They include a biography of the subject on the front and have an advertisement at the bottom, stating the publication was available every Tuesday for one cent and saying that ‘Parents approve it clean and healthy.’

While this was the first set issued by Boys’ Friend, it would not be the last. The publication would print a larger boxing set in 1922 as well.

1911 Boys’ Friend Famous Boxers Checklist

  1. Jack Johnson
  2. Bombardier Wells
  3. Matt Wells

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