Rocky Balboa’s Screen-Accurate Vintage Ball
EXTREMELY RARE BOXED HANDBALL
This vintage handball is identical to the black rubber ball that Sylvester Stallone memorably plays with in several of the Rocky films, as well as in Creed II. The vintage ball includes its original box.
Rocky’s original ball (the one used by Sly on-screen) was sold for $32,500 Stallone’s 2016 auction of Rocky memorabilia without its original box. The only difference in Stallone’s auctioned handball and the ball offered here are the addition of “Made in USA” in tiny print.
Stallone memorably uses the handball in Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky V, Creed and Creed II. Rocky actually explained the use of the ball to Lil’ Marie’s son Steps in a deleted scene in Rocky Balboa, saying:
“I think workin’ hard makes your head strong. You know like, when I was a kid, I’d stare up at these street lights for like 30 minutes and try not to blink. Or I’d be squeezin’ a ball until I thought my hand was gonna explode. I was teachin’ myself to be uncomfortable – cause I knew bein’ uncomfortable might come in handy someday like when I was in the ring and such.”
Sly also explained some history on the ball to Heritage Auctions: “This ball was very symbolic in Rocky’s life. It’s the only thing that he really had that would take his mind off of his problems. He’d be bouncin’ the ball, almost in a meditative state, so it became part of his persona. And they don’t even make these kind of balls anymore – they’re impossible to find today, so it’s a piece of history now.”
The handball is in vintage-new condition and retains its original box. Box shows slight dings and wear; front flap missing a small portion which allows it to tuck into the lower part of the box.
Excellent, Good, Fair