COLOR PHOTOS OF THE ORIGINAL MID-ATLANTIC TITLE BELT

IN SERVICE OCT 1973 - SPRING 1975

 

Color photos 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" and "CHAMPION" is red.

  • The side plates next to the main plate are polished zinc relief plates mounted on nickel plated flange pieces.

 

 

Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Johnny Valentine (1974)

 

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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