Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Sugar Ray Leonard

Date of Birth: 5/17/1956
Rookie Card Year: 1981
Investment Rating: 5.0 (Average)


Overview

Sugar Ray Leonard cards and autograph memorabilia hold a special place  in the hearts and minds of many of his fans. Leonard's career provides a nostalgic reminder of the sport long before the Pay-Per-View era. Leonard's classic fights could be seen for free, with many a father and son could watching on broadcast TV, on a Saturday afternoon. Leonard's in-ring success and outgoing personality helped garner commercial appeal for the sport as well. As a result, Sugar Ray Leonard became a household name during the early 1980s.

Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the few high-profile athletes that collectors have a legitimate opportunity to collect in their entirety.  Leonard's catalog of trading cards only consists of well under 50 items. His first nationally distributed card was a food issue as part of his endorsement deal with 7-Up. Back when soda still came in eight-packs of glass bottles, Leonard had an over-sized card attached as a stand up in the carton. He was also included in 1981 Panini Sport Superstars, a sticker set released in Europe.

Leonard's first traditional pack-issue cards wouldn't be released until 1991 when three companies, AW Sports, Impel and Kayo, all released products with Leonard on the checklist.

Far more popular than his trading cards, Sugar Ray Leonard autographed memorabilia is always in strong demand. He frequently appears at larger autograph signing events and is relatively affordable. Popular item to have signed include Everlast boxing gloves, vintage photographs and commercial advertisements.

Key Early Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Cards

1981 7-Up Jumbos Sugar Ray Leonard #4

1981 7 UP Sugar Ray Leonard 204x300 Image

A classic image of a young Sugar Ray Leonard proudly endorsing his title sponsor, 7-Up. Frequently used in the company's advertising campaigns, this is the first "trading card" on which Leonard appeared.

1981 Panini Sport Superstars Sugar Ray Leonard #67

1981 Panini Sport Superstars Sugar Ray Leonard 211x300 Image

Although a sticker and not a traditional trading card, the 1981 Panini Sports Superstars Sugar Ray Leonard is a popular choice with boxing card collectors. As an international issue, it's relative tough to find but not impossible.

1991 All World Sugar Ray Leonard #24

1991 AW sugar Ray Leonard 213x300 Image

Showcasing a now older, Sugar Ray, winding up to deliver a vicious right, the detailed biographical write-up on the back of the card explains why he was named the "Boxer of the Decade" for the 1980s.

1991 Impel U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Sugar Ray Leonard #29

1991 Impel Sugar Ray Leonard 213x300 Image

This multi-sport set produced by Impel in 1991, pays tribute to great American Olympians. Sugar Ray Leonard won the Gold medal at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal, fighting in the light welterweight division. This card pays tribute to that historic achievement.

1991 Kayo Sugar Ray Leonard #37, #90, #156

1991 Kayo Sugar Ray Leonard 90 214x300 Image  1991 Kayo Sugar Ray Leonard 156 214x300 Image

Sugar Ray has a total of three cards within the 1991 Kayo set. Two showcase him individually. The third, card #37, depicts Leonard in one of his epic bouts with longtime rival Roberto Duran.

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Signed Sugar Ray Leonard Glove Autographed - WILL BE SOLD
$70.00
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Sugar Ray Leonard 2013 Leaf Legends of the Ring Cut Signature 1 1 Boxing Auto SP
$299.99
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LOT OF 10 PSA GRADED SUGAR RAY LEONARD BOXING CARDS
$50.00
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD RC ROOKIE CARD 1981 SVIJET YUGOSLAVIA RARE
$59.99
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1981 - TOMMY HEARNS VS. SUGAR RAY LEONARD FIGHT TICKET ( UNUSED FULL TICKET )
$5.99
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1978 Sportscaster Unopened Pack #22A - Sealed - Includes Sugar Ray Leonard,
$14.00
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD 1992 J.M. BRINDLEY WORLD BOXERS CARD PSA MINT 9!
$25.50
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Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Sports Illustrated 11 15 1982 Auto
$10.78
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Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Sports Illustrated 12 28 1981 PSA DNA Auto
$24.89
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Sugar Ray Leonard 7UP Card
$10.00
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2007 Sportkings A Sugar Ray Leonard # 20
$6.99
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91 aw sports SUGAR RAY LEONARD card#24 mint rare
$25.00
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD ROBERTO DURAN FIGHT POSTER PHOTO BOXING LEGENDS LAS VEGAS
$19.95
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1980 7 UP Cups Comp Set 10 Mike Schmidt Kingman Tony Dorsett Sugar Ray Leonard
$99.00
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2013 Leaf Pop Century Auto SUGAR RAY LEONARD Boxing 3 3 AUTOGRAPH Signatures
$22.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD 2007 SPORT KINGS GUM SPORTKINGS SERIES A BASE #20
$9.99
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Autograph Guide

Sugar Ray Leonard Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Sugar Ray Leonard's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar and Mounted Memories.

Sugar Ray Leonard Cut Signature Exemplar:

Sugar Ray Leonard Cut Signature Image

Sugar Ray Leonard Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Sugar Ray Leonard signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. His signature has changed overtime. As an example, he almost always included a smiley face inscription in his younger days, today, it's hit or miss. However, regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature exhibits an overall consistency that flows, with several starts and stops.
  2. The entire signature is hastily written with few discernible letters.
  3. The letter start of the signature includes a swooping line forming an oval back and to the left, the line extends well into the next set of characters.
  4. The next character resembles many things but not an "R", look for what could be mistakenly the start of a letter "M" drawn in a manner that it ends up looking like an "A."
  5. The last characters look like two connected lower-case, cursive "l";s lying on their side at an angle.

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Boxing Glove Pricing:

Active Listings for Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Boxing Gloves

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Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Photographs

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Picture 237x300 Image  Sugar Ray Leonard Signed SI 237x300 Image

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Steiner Thomas Hearns v Sugar Ray Leonard Dual Side View Signed 16x20 Photo
$309.99
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Sugar Ray Leonard & Hector Camacho Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA #Q95720
$149.00
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Sugar Ray Leonard & Hector Camacho Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA #Q95719
$189.00
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Sugar Ray Leonard Autographed Signed Magazine Page Photo PSA DNA #S49237
$59.00
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Sugar Ray Leonard Autographed Signed Magazine Cover PSA DNA #S49238
$79.00
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Sugar Ray Leonard Autographed Signed Magazine Cover PSA DNA #S49232
$79.00
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Sugar Ray Leonard Autographed Signed Magazine Cover PSA DNA #S49233
$79.00
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Sugar Ray Leonard Autographed Signed Magazine Cover PSA DNA #S49235
$79.00
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Sugar Ray Leonard Autographed Signed Magazine Cover PSA DNA #S49236
$79.00
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 8X10 PSA DNA COA PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPH AUTOGRAPHED PSA 2
$59.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 8X10 PSA DNA COA PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPH AUTOGRAPHED PSA 8
$59.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 8X10 JSA COA IN ACTION PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPH AUTOGRAPHED
$59.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 8X10 PSA DNA COA PHOTO AUTO AUTOGRAPH AUTOGRAPHED PSA 4
$59.99
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Sugar Ray Leonard & Roberto Duran Signed Boxing Glove AUTO PSA DNA COA HOF
$63.00
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Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Autographed The Big Fight Hardback Book JSA COA
$60.00
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD THOMAS HITMAN HEARNS DUAL SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP 7P
$116.19
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