If Greb film still exists, what cash reward would flush it out of hiding?

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  1. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Liston was good, but no "Tire Iron" Jones Full Member

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    Makes me wonder whether a "Find Greb Fight Film" Patreon might work that essentially collects donations for an eventual reward to whomever uploads good quality Greb fight film to YouTube first.
     
  2. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    If the amount was significant all you’d get is people uploading really low-quality film of old fights shot from far away claiming it was Greb trying to scam their way into some cash.
     
  3. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Liston was good, but no "Tire Iron" Jones Full Member

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    Yeah, you'd need clear standards and maybe a small committee of experts who all have to agree it's legit and Greb.
     
  4. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

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    If it's not clearly Greb, who gives a ****?
     
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  5. thistle

    thistle Boxing Addict Full Member

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    that would also unveil loads of other fighters too though, and would be a great thing...

    I suspect there's loads of film of fighters on Home Reels, in Britain for example when Social Elite's held Events or Garden Parties or whatever you call them. These gatherings were often Multi Themed Days or Weekends and Sport was often featured. My Grandad & Scots Welterweight Jake Kilrain and others gave exhibitions at one of these Parties.

    So throughout Britain alone, never mind the rest of the world, many a wealthy estate probably hosted a few Boxers from time to time.
     
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  6. FrankinDallas

    FrankinDallas Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    It may be someone else of whom there is little film. If it's Tunney for sure, it could be one of his unsaved films.

    Damn, how about a little optimism here.
     
  7. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Liston was good, but no "Tire Iron" Jones Full Member

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    Exactly. My response was basically addressing the legalities -- that you'd need clear rules to combat potential scams. I totally agree that it would need to be unambiguous. And the rules would need to be written to assure it's unambiguous.
     
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  8. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I'm afraid people overstate how valuable old sports footage are unfortunately. I used to think that people would pay hundreds of dolars for any footage from Wilt Chamberlain high scoring performances, but most people don't care. I'm afraid the same would happen with Greb footage.
     
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  9. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Liston was good, but no "Tire Iron" Jones Full Member

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    "The politics are vicious because the stakes are so small..."
     
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  10. janitor

    janitor Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I would pay a lot of money for it, even if nobody else would.
     
  11. red corner

    red corner Active Member banned Full Member

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    You would not be the only one bidding and the film would go for far more than the OP indicated. I'd pay $300 easy for it.
     
  12. red corner

    red corner Active Member banned Full Member

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    Some boxing fans would care. Wilt's 100 point game is worth a lot to a basketball fan, and there is plenty of film on him but none on Gerb. At this point are there any collectors here to ring in on the topic? The price of a famous event not on film is worth a lot of money, I'm telling you. I'd pay $1,000.00 or more to have the sole rights rights to Tunney vs. Gerb and imagine fairly certain I would be outbid. there are richer collects out there.
     
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  13. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Liston was good, but no "Tire Iron" Jones Full Member

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    Equally interesting is the question of how much you'd pay to have it digitized into the public domain. (i.e., you wouldn't get any exclusive rights to it.)
     
  14. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I do that with basketball films and they cost a lot. On average, digitising 20 minutes long material cost around $300. So to be honest - $300 is nothing for such a rarity as Greb's fight.

    Of course assuming that anybody would be willing to pay that. I share the content I transfer, but I know that many boxing collectors keep their finds for themselves.
     
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