Czeslaw Slania - his Engraved set of 1964 Boxing Cinderellas

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Czeslaw Slania - his Engraved set of 1964 Boxing Cinderellas

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http://slaniacrazy.blogspot.com/2017/03/i-museon-slanias-boxers.html

Anyone who is a fan of Czeslaw Slania probably knows that he was a huge boxing fan. So much so that he produced a set of 23 engravings in postage stamp format of World Champion Boxers.

These stamps were printed in 1964 and they are true masterpieces, each and every one. So without further ado, let us feast our eyes on some truly glorious engraved portraits.


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John Lawrence "Boston Strong Boy" Sullivan
Born in Boston 1858
Defeated Jake Kilrain in 1889
Record: 40-1-2

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James John "Gentleman Jim" Corbett
Born in San Francois 1866
Defeated John L. Sullivan in 1892
Record: 11-4-3

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The movie "Gentleman Jim" (1942) starring Ward Bond as Sullivan and Errol Flynn as Corbett

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Robert James "Bob" Fitzsimmons
Born in Cornwall, UK, 1863
Defeated James J. Corbett in 1897
Record: 63-8-4

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James Jackson "The Boilermaker" Jeffries
Born in Ohio USA, 1875
Defeated Robert J. Fitzsimmons in 1899
Record: 19-1-2

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Tommy "The Little Giant of Hanover" Burns
Born in Ontario, Canada 1881
Defeated Marvin Hart in 1906
Record: 48-5-8

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John Arthur "Galveston Giant" Johnson
Born in Texas, USA 1878
Defeated Denver Ed Martin in 1908
Record: 73-13-10

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Jess Myron "Great White Hope" Willard
Born in Kansas, USA 1881
Defeated Jack Johnson in 1915
Record: 28-6-1

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William Harrison "Kid Blackie" Dempsey
Born in Colorado, USA 1895
Defeated Jess Willard in 1919
Record: 54-6-9

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James Joseph "The Fighting Marine" Tunney
Born in New York, USA 1897
Defeated Jack Dempsey 1926
Record: 55-1-1

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Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried "Max" Schmeling
Born in Pomerania, Germany 1905
Defeated Jack Sharkey in 1930
Record: 56-10-4

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Jack "Sharkboy" Sharkey (real name: Joseph Paul Zukauskas)
Born in New York, USA 1902
Defeated Max Schmeling 1932
Record: 38-14-3

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Primo "Ambling Alp" Carnera
Born in Sequals., Italy 1906
Defeated Jack Sharkey 1933
Record: 89-14-0

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Maximilian Adelbert "Max" Baer
Born in Nebraska, USA 1909
Defeated Primo Carnera 1934
Record: 68-13-0

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James Walter "Cinderella Man" Braddock
Born in New York City, USA 1905
Defeated Max Baer 1935
Record: 50-26-7

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Joseph Louis "Brown Bomber" Barrow
Born in Alabama, USA 1914
Defeated James J. Braddock in 1937
Record: 66-3-0

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Ezzard Mac "Cincinnati Cobra" Charles
Born in Illinois, USA 1921
Defeated Jersey Joe Walcott 1949
Record: 93-25-1

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Arnold Raymond "Jersey Joe Walcott" Cream
Born in New Jersey, USA 1914
Defeated Ezzard Charles 1951
Record: 51-18-2

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Rocco Francis "Rocky" Marchegiano
Born in Massachusetts, USA 1923
Defeated Jersey Joe Walcott 1952
Record: 49-0-0

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Floyd "The Gentleman of Boxing" Patterson
Born in North Carolina, USA 1935
Defeated Archie Moore 1956
Record: 55-8-1

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Jens Ingemar "The Hammer of Thor" Johansson
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden 1932
Defeated Floyd Patterson 1959
Record: 26-2-0

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Floyd "The Gentleman of Boxing" Patterson
Born in North Carolina, USA 1935
Defeated Ingemar Johansson 1960
Record: 55-8-1

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Charles L. "Sonny" Liston
Born in Arkansas, USA Unknown
Defeated Floyd Patterson 1962
Record: 50-4-0

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Cassius Clay AKA Muhammad Ali
Born in Kentucky, USA 1942
Defeated Sonny Liston 1964
Record: 56-5-0

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How interesting - never seen these before.

So were they issued n a full sheet originally does anyone know?
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Don't know

This is a later version from Poland posted by Ubobo.R.O
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Ebay offering - 23 in one sheet might be a bit odd...
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http://www.czeslawslania.org/htmls/boxers.html

Artist's Proofs.
Prior to the actual printing of the labels, Czeslaw Slania printed many proofs using many types of paper - with and without gum, and various colours and perforations, typically 11-3/4. The legitimate prints that were engraved and printed by Slania with their beautifully defined fines lines are without gum and are easily identified when compared with imitations printed by the offset method.

Sheet Layout.
Purchasing these items can create problems for collectors. So many varieties exist that it is difficult to identify the originals from imitations. The portraits were printed on eight sheets with six of the sheets having multiple designs, ranging from 2 to 4 rows of portraits and 20 to 30 examples of the same design per sheet.

When separating the sheets, different combinations of pairs can be made when rows of two different designs are next to each other (se-tenant). Sheet 7 (Sonny Liston # 22) and sheet 8 (Cassius Clay # 23) are the only two champions printed on sheets of 50 with only one design per sheet.

Only two full sheets of # 23 (Cassius Clay) were printed. They have long ago been broken up and scattered among the collecting community. No full sheets exist, except for one featuring Cassius Clay, which belongs to a Swedish collector, given to him as a personal present from the engraver. I know the collector's identity, but cannot disclose this for discretion reasons.

The sheets of # 22 and # 23 were printed at a much later date than those of portraits # 1 thru # 21. Portraits of "Sonny Liston" and "Cassius Clay" are not possible in "se-tenant pairs of two different designs.
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Bazza

Amazing works. Is this a complete set, as there appears to breaks in the dates.

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The "stamps" are numbered 1 to 23 so they appear to be the full set

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These are certainly are a wonderful set highlighting his engraving art. I have been fortunate to have obtained a book entitled " The Engraving Art of Czeslaw Slania " Published by the Czelaw Slania Group in the U.S.A.

This group is now no longer active. I also obtained a set of printed album pages for all of the issues that he engraved, for all of the countries, which engaged his skills. This involves 31 Countries, and 1547 Issues.

I have been fortunate enough to have the collection approximately 90% complete. In 1997 Poland engaged him for an issue for St. Adalbert,as did Germany,Hungary,Czec Republic and the Vatican. The latter four used four different well known engravers.

Slania's skill is apparent when viewing the five identical stamps together.

I have been trying to obtain the 24th. stamp in the Boxer Series for years without success.
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