One-page handwritten letter written to Joe Jackson in 1949 by a then 13-year old Bert Sugar (1936-2012), famed boxing writer and sports historian. Like most young fans at the time, Sugar wrote to Jackson asking for an autograph. In full: Dear Mr. Jackson, I have often marveled at your records, and at your great batting marks. I would appreciate your autographing the enclosed index cards. Sincerely, A pal, Bert Sugar." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted in blue ink and grade "10." Although the letter is undated, it is accompanied by the original mailing envelope (featuring Sugar's printed name and return address on the reverse) postmarked "Sep 25 1949." To describe Bert Sugar as simply a boxing writer would not do justice to his many contributions to both sports in general and collection. We once described him as as a great collector, entrepreneur, author, boxing journalist, TV commentator, actor, historian, Damon Runyonesque throwback to another era, walking dictionary, member of the Boxing Hall of Fame, and general all-around genius, who was always been ahead of his time in everything he did. His contributions just to the world of collecting would take an entire catalog to list. As evidenced here, his passion for collecting began at an early age. This is the earliest Bert Sugar letter we have ever seen and we would be shocked if any others surfaced that pre date it. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and a few light surface wrinkles. In Excellent condition overall. The envelope (9.5 x 4 inches) is also in Excellent condition overall. Both the letter and envelope are accompanied by individual COAs from PSA/DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).