Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano boxed professionally from 1948 to 1955. Valuable Rocky Marciano boxing collectibles include fight film posters, phantom boxing tickets, boxing programs, autographed photos and Topps Ringside and Hokus-Pokus boxing cards.
Brockton, Massachusetts-born Rocky Marciano (1923-1969) was one of boxing's greatest heavyweight champions. Nicknamed "The Brockton Blockbuster," Marciano went undefeated in his professional boxing career, going 49-0 from 1948-55 with 43 of those victories coming by knockout. Rocky Marciano died at age 45 in a private plane crash on August 31, 1969.
Here are ten valuable Rocky Marciano boxing collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia collectors. Now entering the ring once again the great Rocky Marciano...
Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore 1955 Fight Film Poster
A one-sheet movie poster (28x42-inches) touting the fight films from Marciano's 1955 bout with Archie Moore sold at auction for $215.10. The fight had taken place at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 1955, marking Marciano's final heavyweight title bout. The Rock k'oed Moore in the ninth round, retaining his title.
Marciano vs. Moore 1955 fight film poster $215.10
Rocky Marciano Cut Signature
A simple Rocky Marciano cut signature brought $358.50 at auction. Cut signatures come from letters, documents, etc.
Rocky Marciano 1950s Pennant
A 1950s hometown souvenir pennant picturing Rocky Marciano in all his glory sold at auction for $191.20.
Rocky Marciano 1950s souvenir pennant $191.20
Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott 1953 Phantom Ticket
A 1953 Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott phantom boxing ticket sold at auction for $113.53. The original fight had been scheduled for April 10, 1953, but was postponed. Hence, collectors term this ticket a "phantom" for an event which never took place.
Marciano vs. Walcott 1953 phantom bout ticket $113.53
Rocky Marciano Autographed Photo
On September 23, 1952, Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott met in one of boxing's all-time greatest bouts. A Marciano signed photo from that memorable fight sold at auction for $2,629.
Rocky Marciano, right, delivers a tremendous blow to Jersey Joe Walcott in this 1952 signed photo $2,629
Rocky Marciano Signed Booklet
A 1950s Rocky Marciano signed booklet went for $334.60 at auction.
Rocky Marciano Lot of Two Original Photographs
A pair of original 1950s photographs featuring Rocky Marciano sold at auction for $38.
Rocky Marciano photographs $38
Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott 1953 Boxing Program
On May 15, 1953, Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott met for a second time at Chicago Stadium. A fight program from that short title bout – Marciano knocked out Walcott in the first round – brought $286.80 at auction.
Marciano/Walcott 1953 fight program $286.80
Rocky Marciano Signed Promissory Note and Ticket Stub
An October 29, 1968, promissory note for $5,000 signed by Rocky Marciano along with a September 15, 1954, ticket stub from the Marciano/Ezzard Charles fight sold at auction for $776.75.
Rocky Marciano 1959 Hokus-Pokus Boxing Card
Card #17 Rocky Marciano appears in the 1959 Hokus-Pokus series. One graded example in SGC 88 near mint/mint 8 condition brought $286.80 at auction.
Rocky Marciano Hokus-Pokus card $286.80
Rocky Marciano Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Rocky Marciano 1951 Topps Ringside card #32 in graded PSA excellent-mint 6 condition $334.60
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