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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

SUGAR RAY LEONARD 2017 LEAF SPORTS HEROES METAL AUTO SP SPORT KINGS GUM
$18.26

SUGAR RAY LEONARD 2017 LEAF SPORTS HEROES METAL AUTO SPP SPORT KINGS GUM GREEN
$18.26

SUGAR RAY LEONARD 1978 FINNISH #23-546 Sportscaster - Finland
$9.99

1991 Impel US Olympicards Hall of Fame #29 Sugar Ray Leonard Olympic Card 1s8
$10.00

(100) 1991 OLYMPIC HOF SUGAR RAY LEONARD BOXING CARDS
$89.99

Sugar Ray Leonard 2014 Leaf Masterpiece Cut Signature autograph signed card 1 1
$88.88

Sugar Ray Leonard 2015 Leaf Legends of Sport Autoraphs Auto
$43.95

SUGAR RAY LEONARD 1979 UNCIRCULATED CENT INSERTED AUTHENTIC INK CARD #
$9.99

2015 Leaf Sports Masterworks SKETCH AUTO Sugar Ray Leonard Zuno Studios #d 1 1
$79.99

2007 Sportkings Series A #20 Sugar Ray Leonard MultiSport Card 1h8
$10.45

1997 Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Timeless Legends Starting Lineup Figure
$16.82

2014 Leaf Pure Sugar Ray Leonard Autograph Card -Very Rare!!!
$59.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD Very Rare Leaders & Legends MAGIC INK Card
$5.37

1981 7up SUGAR RAY LEONARD Rookie Boxing Card 7-up RC
$14.99

(100) 1991 KAYO SUGAR RAY LEONARD BOXING CARDS #90 PALMER PARK MD BIG LOT!!!
$119.99

1991 SUGAR RAY LEONARD KAYO BOXING ROOKIE CARD PSA MINT 9
$42.13
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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

Top eBay Listings

Sugar Ray Leonard Certified Authentic Autographed Signed Fight Ticket PSA DNA
$139.00

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Autographed Everlast Boxing Glove- JSA W Auth
$149.00

SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED EVERLAST BOXING GLOVE WITH JSA COA
$119.95

Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran dual signed glove with PSA DNA certification
$119.01

2006 Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Everlast 10oz Boxing Gloves, Both Signed, JSA
$199.99

Sugar Ray Leonard & Thomas Hitman Hearns Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA COA Auto. 1A
$174.99

Sugar Ray Leonard & Thomas Hitman Hearns Signed 11x14 Photo PSA DNA COA Auto. 1B
$174.99

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Boxing 11x14 Photo PSA DNA COA Autographed 1A
$124.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD FAMOUS BOXING CHAMP #2 PSA DNA SIGNED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
$90.00

Sugar Ray Leonard & Hector "Macho" Camacho Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA
$119.00

Sugar Ray Leonard & Hector "Macho" Camacho Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA
$119.00

Sugar Ray Leonard Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Display JSA
$89.99

SUGAR RAY LEONARD SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED W JSA CERT.
$69.99

Brand new Boxing shoe signed by Worldchamp Sugar Ray Leonard PSA DNA awesome sig
$99.99

Joe Frazier & Sugar Ray Leonard Autographed Signed Boxing Magazine Cover PSA DNA
$149.00

Sugar Ray Leonard & Duran Authentic Autographed Signed Magazine Cover PSA DNA
$89.00
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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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