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

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

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 All World Sugar Ray Leonard

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

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  1991 Kayo Sugar Ray Leonard #156

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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SUGAR RAY LEONARD 1988 IMPEL MKTG BOXING WORLD CHAMPION CARD WITH AN EXTRA
$46.50

2014 Leaf Q SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTO Pure! Autograph of all time Boxing great!
$29.89

2013 Panini Golden Age #112 SUGAR RAY LEONARD PSA 10 Gem Mint Boxing Card
$12.95

SUGAR RAY LEONARD Boxing Card Lot of Nine (9) ALL NMT MT
$13.95

SUGAR RAY LEONARD 2013 LEAF 1 1 INSCRIPTIONS AUTO HOF 97
$299.99

2013 Leaf Inscriptions Boxing Sugar Ray Leonard Blue AUTO 56 60
$11.50

1977-79 Sportscaster ITA #22-09 Sugar Ray Leonard RC PSA 5 Oversize Rookie *LB
$5.00

2007 Sport Kings Gum #20 Sugar Ray Leonard Authograph SGC Authentic Boxing
$85.00

1991 Impel U.S. Olympic #29 SUGAR RAY LEONARD Hall Of Fame PSA Mint 9
$19.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD RC ROOKIE 7UP 1981 CARD FIRST CARD PRINTED IN THE USA
$39.00

Tommy Hearns LEAF auto Sugar Ray Leonard 5x7 pair LOT (2) autographed signed
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1991 Impel U.S. Olympic Hall Of Fame Sugar Ray Leonard #29 PSA Gem Mint 10 P195
$30.00

SPORTKINGS Series A BASE Mini # 20, Sugar Ray Leonard Reduced!
$31.99

Sugar Ray Leonard 1981 7up Card RC
$35.00

1991 AW SPORTS BOXING #24 SUGAR RAY LEONARD PSA 10 X1947394-570
$11.99

1981 SUGAR RAY LEONARD PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN POSTCARD BOXING DURAN HAGLER USA
$6.99
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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

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:

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Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Glove

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Picture  Sugar Ray Leonard Signed SI

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Sugar Ray Leonard Signed KAYO Card World Champion JSA COA
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Sugar Ray Leonard Hot! signed boxing 8x10 PSA DNA cert PROOF!!
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Sugar Ray Leonard Signed 2.5x3.5 Cut Index Card PSA DNA COA Boxing Autograph HOF
$64.99

PSA signed SUGAR RAY LEONARD & THOMAS 'Hit Man' HEARNS
$69.99

Sugar Ray Leonard Duran & Hearns Multi Signed Boxing Glove AUTO PSA DNA COA HOF
$55.00

Steiner Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Boxing Trunks
$409.99

Sugar Ray Leonard & Hearns Autographed Signed Magazine Poster PSA DNA #W66943
$199.00

Sugar Ray Leonard Roberto Duran Signed Autograph 16x20 Picture Photo PSA DNA
$199.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD THOMAS HEARNS Signed Autograph 16x20 Picture Photo PSA DNA
$249.99

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Boxing Trunks Shorts AUTO Size L PSA DNA COA HOF.$$$$
$75.99

Sugar Ray Leonard Autographed Signed 8x10 Framed 10x20 PSA DNA
$149.99

Hector Macho Camacho Boxing Signed 8x10 Photo vs. Sugar Ray Leonard JSA
$116.00

Sugar Ray Leonard & Tommy Hearns Signed 16x20 Punching *White Photo- JSA W Auth
$175.12

Sugar Ray Leonard Duran & Hearns Signed Boxing Glove AUTO PSA DNA Sticker ONLY
$350.00

Sugar Ray Leonard Thomas Hearns Signed 16x20 Photo Tristar #7542131
$249.99

Sugar Ray Leonard Fight Signed 16x20 Photo w HOF Insc Steiner COA
$259.99
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