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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2013 Panini Golden Age Rare Autograph of The Great **SUGAR RAY LEONARD** RARE
$80.00
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(100) 1991 KAYO SUGAR RAY LEONARD ROBERTO DURAN BOXING CARDS #37 GREAT LOT!!
$88.00
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(100) 1991 KAYO SUGAR RAY LEONARD BOXING CARDS #90 PALMER PARK MD BIG LOT!!!
$88.00
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD VS. ROBERTO DURAN BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP FULL TICKET 6 20 1980
$295.00
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD ROBERTO DURAN FIGHT POSTER PHOTO BOXING LEGENDS LAS VEGAS
$19.95
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD - MINT POSTCARD - ITALY - 1979
$19.95
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*RARE* 1981-82 Panini Sugar Ray Leonard Rookie BGS 8.5 POP=1
$84.95
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1986 PANINI SUPERSPORT ITALIAN #151 SUGAR RAY LEONARD POP 3 PSA 8 X1352599
$22.99
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SC1) 1991 AW Sports Boxing #24 SUGAR RAY LEONARD PSA 10
$45.00
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1978 Sportscaster Unopened Pack #22A - Sealed - Includes Sugar Ray Leonard,
$17.00
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1981 "Feelin' 7-Up" Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Photo Card - 5 1 2 x 8 1 2"
$6.99
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Tommy Hearns LEAF auto + Sugar Ray Leonard 5x7 pair LOT (2) autographed signed
$69.99
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LOT OF 10 PSA GRADED SUGAR RAY LEONARD BOXING CARDS
$55.00
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2013 Panini Golden Age #112 SUGAR RAY LEONARD PSA 10 Gem Mint Boxing Card
$19.95
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2013 Panini Golden Age Sugar Ray Leonard Jumbo Box Topper #37 NM Condition
$10.95
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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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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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SUGAR RAY LEONARD Signed 11"x14" Photograph PSA DNA U99483
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD Signed 11"x14" Photograph PSA DNA U99482
$149.95
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A12
$101.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A10
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A14
$101.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A16
$101.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A5
$101.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A13
$101.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A2
$101.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A15
$93.49
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A13
$93.49
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A8
$101.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A7
$101.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A3
$101.99
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A14
$93.49
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED 16X20 PHOTO PSA DNA ITP DURAN HEARNS AUTOGRAPHED A1
$101.99
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