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.

Top eBay Listings

VERY RARE 1990 ACTION PACKED PROMO SUGAR RAY LEONARD SGC 88 NM MT 8
$60.00

Sugar Ray Leonard Future Stock Olympic Boxing Card - REFRACTOR - Serial 1 1
$39.99

2013 Leaf Inscriptions SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTOGRAPH AUTO BOXING 60 O7041
$47.22

1991 Kayo #090 Sugar Ray Leonard SGC 98 Boxing Card 0g6
$19.99

2015 Leaf Legends of Sport Medal Graphs Bronze MA-SRL Sugar Ray Leonard Auto 0n8
$74.75

1981 7UP Feelin' Super Star Mini Posters #RALE Sugar Ray Leonard READ Card 0f8
$7.00

Tommy Hearns LOT 2 LEAF Legends of Sport auto Sugar Ray Leonard autograph sig
$69.99

Sugar Ray Leonard Future Stock Boxing Card - REFRACTOR - Limited 1 1
$39.99

JOHNNY WEISSMULLER SUGAR RAY LEONARD IMPEL OLYMPIC CARDS
$6.95

Sugar Ray Leonard Limited Edition Art Card 1 of 49 ACEO Boxing
$6.99

SPORTKINGS BASE #20 SUGAR RAY LEONARD Series A Reduced!
$15.99

1997 Sugar Ray Leonard Grandi Campioni Dello Sport Gem Mint 10 Rare
$16.19

RAY SUGAR LEONARD 1997 EDIGAMMA I GRANDI CAMPIONI DELLO SPORT STICKER
$11.90

Sugar Ray Leonard - Error - Robinson - Boxing - Collector Playing Card
$8.95

Sugar Ray Leonard - Error Photo - Boxing - Collector Playing Card
$8.95

Rare Full Sugar Ray Leonard vs Donny LaLonde Boxing Ticket 11 7 88
$15.00
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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.

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Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Picture  Sugar Ray Leonard Signed SI

Top eBay Listings

SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED AUTOGRAPH AUTO PSA DNA CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO
$79.99

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed PSA DNA Red Glove Sports Boxing Memorabilia
$129.99

Sugar Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran Signed PSA DNA Ticket Ticket Sports Boxing
$179.99

Sugar Ray Leonard signed 11x14 photo PSA DNA # AA28309
$79.95

Sugar Ray Leonard signed 11x14 photo PSA DNA # AA28308
$79.95

Sugar Ray Leonard Thomas Hearns Signed AUTOGRAPH Magazine Cover Photo PSA DNA
$79.99

Sugar Ray Leonard Roberto Duran Dual Signed Red Boxing Glove Steiner COA
$150.00

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Everlast Boxing Glove RH PSA DNA
$250.00

Thomas Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard Dual Signed 16x20 Photo Steiner COA
$125.00

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

Sugar Ray Leonard & Roberto Duran Signed 1989 Boxing Match Ticket PSA DNA AUTO
$56.00

Sugar Ray Leonard & Roberto Duran Signed Full Size Boxing Belt AUTO PSA DNA COA
$202.02

Tommy Hearns LOT 2 LEAF Legends of Sport auto Sugar Ray Leonard autograph signed
$69.99

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Sports Illustrated Magazine (PSA DNA) #S83927
$89.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED AUTO THE RING MAGAZINE MARCH 1989 NR MINT PSA
$149.88

SUGAR RAY LEONARD ROBERTO DURAN DUAL SIGNED 16X20 BOXING PHOTO PSA DNA COA
$68.99
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