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

2013 Panini Golden Age Sugar Ray Leonard Auto
$79.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD RC ROOKIE 7UP 1981 CARD FIRST CARD PRINTED IN THE USA
$75.00

SUGAR RAY LEONARD ROBERTO DURAN FIGHT POSTER PHOTO BOXING LEGENDS LAS VEGAS
$19.95

NEW Boxing Headlines - Marvin Hagler vs Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Poster - RARE
$10.00

Sugar Ray Leonard-Colorano "Silk"Cachet
$8.78

Sugar Ray Leonard Black Pulsar Refractor - Rare Legend Series SP - Serial #1 1
$49.97

2014 MASTERWORKS SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTO SKETCH #ed 1 1 W FREE COMBINED SHIPPING
$59.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD RC ROOKIE CARD 1981 SVIJET YUGOSLAVIA RARE
$99.00

1977-79 Sportscaster ITA #22-09 Sugar Ray Leonard RC PSA 5 Oversize Rookie *LB
$7.00

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

1977-79 Sportscaster Italy 22-09 Sugar Ray Leonard Rookie MINT Boxing RC *LB
$5.99

1981 "Feelin' 7-Up" Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Photo Card - 5 1 2 x 8 1 2"
$8.99

1978 Sportscaster Unopened Pack #22A - Sealed - Includes Sugar Ray Leonard,
$14.00

2013 Panini Golden Age Box Topper 37 Sugar Ray Leonard
$8.46

Sugar Ray Leonard Trading Card, Olympic Gold-Medal Winner 1991
$5.00

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

Active Listings for Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Boxing Gloves

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Glove

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Photograph Pricing:

Active Listings for Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Photographs

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Picture   Sugar Ray Leonard Signed SI

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SUGAR RAY LEONARD Signed Autograph Auto Boxing 8x10 Photo Picture PSA DNA COA
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD Signed Autograph Auto Boxing 8x10 Photo Picture PSA DNA COA
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD Signed 6x9 Franklin Sports Boxing Photo WORLD CHAMPION JSA COA
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD BOXING AUTHENTIC SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PSA DNA #M53933
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1982 BOXING WORLD MAGAZINE PSA DNA #P43356
$89.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTHENTIC SIGNED KNOCKOUT BOXING MAGAZINE PSA DNA #I64640
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1982 KNOCKOUT BOXING MAGAZINE PSA DNA #P43354
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1987 KNOCKOUT BOXING MAGAZINE PSA DNA #P43371
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTHENTIC SIGNED BOXING ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE PSA DNA #P43355
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1979 BOXING WORLD MAGAZINE PSA DNA #P43374
$89.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1987 KNOCKOUT BOXING MAGAZINE PSA DNA #H17290
$89.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD AUTHENTIC SIGNED 1983 KNOCKOUT BOXING MAGAZINE PSA DNA #P43375
$89.99

Sugar Ray Leonard & Roberto Duran Signed 16x20 Boxing Photo AUTO PSA DNA COA
$80.01

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Authentic HR Derby OMLB Baseball PSA DNA #W68833
$109.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD 1991 AW SPORTS BOXING CARD #24 SIGNED AUTO PSA DNA 83513730
$119.95

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Autographed The Big Fight Hardback Book JSA COA
$60.00
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