COLOR PHOTOS OF THE ORIGINAL MID-ATLANTIC TITLE BELT
IN SERVICE OCT 1973 - SPRING 1975
of the original Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title belt are very rare.
The photos below of Johnny Valentine wearing the original title belt
illustrate better what this belt actually looked like.
The main plate is two pieces, a nickel
plated flange piece with a painted relief plate mounted to it. The
relief plate is painted gold and red.
The knight-head in the center is is not
painted gold, and appears silver in color, and may be the polished
zinc unpainted main plate.
The paint color behind the two ribbons at top
and bottom of the belt behind the words "WRESTLING"
The side plates next to the main plate
are polished zinc relief plates mounted on nickel plated flange
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Johnny
CLOSE-UP IMAGE OF THE MAIN PLATE
The original Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight
Championship belt was made from the same art work used for the original
Florida Heavyweight championship belt established in 1966, a design
commonly known as the "knight head" belt. The only artwork
difference in this Mid-Atlantic belt and the Florida belt was the word
"Florida" changed to "Mid-Atlantic." The side plates were also identical
to the side plates on the Missouri heavyweight title belt, also crafted
around the same time as the Florida title.
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