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The Fight Begins: Inside Ringside Boxing Round One by Tracy Hackler

The folks from Creative Cardboard Concepts (largely the same trading card force that brings you In The Game and Sport Kings) pulled the curtain back considerably today on their June-releasing Ringside Boxing Round One product with a wealth of revealing images and checklist information.

Savoring the gallery that follows might leave you punch drunk, but it’s worth it.

Ringside is the first stand-alone boxing product in almost 15 years and features a 100-card base set that includes 50 fighter cards and four different subsets (Weigh In, Victorious, Tale of the Tape, In My Corner).

But the main events of this product clearly are the autograph and memorabilia cards (checklists below). More than 30 of the greatest fighters of all time – including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Jake LaMotta and Roy Jones Jr. – are featured on a completely-on-card autographed insert that includes two different cards of every fighter (three in the case of Ali) and gold and silver versions of each.

As you might imagine, Ali’s signatures will be hard to find (he signed just 90 cards total); other toughies include Tyson (100 total autographs) and Lewis (80 total autographs).

The product’s 34 Cut Signatures (all 1/1s) are simply spectacular and represent the greatest names in boxing history. Some of the highlights include Floyd Patterson, Jack Dempsey, James Braddock, Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.

There are a staggering 13 memorabilia insert sets in Ringside, most with Gold and Silver versions but three that include only 1/1s. The coolest appear to be Waist Land, Monikers and King-Sized Memorabilia. The 14-card Ringside Seat insert is a redemption program good for an historic fight ticket or ticket stub.

The 90-card Mecca Turkey Red insert will include Gold and Onyx parallels that are exclusive to the product’s KO version.

KO boxes (sporting a print run of just 2,500 boxes) include 18 cards, among them 11 base cards, two guaranteed autographs, one memorabilia or 1/1 insert, three Mecca Turkey Red inserts and a short-printed Muhammad Ali base card. TKO versions (2,000 boxes) include 10 four-card packs with one autograph or memorabilia card per box.

Tracy Hackler is the editorial director for Beckett Media. Have a comment or question? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Autograph Roster
Ali, Muhammad
Antuofermo, Vito
Barkley, Iran
Bowe, Riddick
Bramble, Livingstone
Breland, Mark
Camacho, Hector
Carter, Hurricane
Cooney, Gerry
Czyz, Bobby
Dawson, Chad
Douglas, Buster
Dundee, Angelo
Duva, Lou
Frazier, Joe
Frazier, Marvis
Frazier, Joe and Marvis
Griffith, Emile
Holmes, Larry
Jones, Junior “Poison”
Jones, Jr. Roy
LaMotta, Jake
Lewis, Lennox
Mancini, Ray
Martin, Christy
Ortiz, Carlos
Paz, Vinny
Pryor, Aaron
Tyson Mike
Ward, Miky
Wepner, Chuck
Whitaker, Pernell
Witherspoon, Tim

Cut Signature Checklist
Abe Attell
Archie Moore
Benny Leonard
Billy Conn
Ernie Terrell
Floyd Patterson
Gene Fullmer
Gene Tunney
Henry Cooper
Ingemar Johansson
Jack Dempsey
Jack Sharkey
James Braddock
James J. Corbett
James J. Jeffries
Jersey Joe Walcott
Jimmy Ellis
Jimmy McLarin
Joe Louis
Joey Maxim
John L. Sullivan
John Morrissey
Kid Gavilan
Lou Ambers
Max Baer
Max Schmeling
Primo Carnera
Rocky Graziano
Rocky Marciano
Sugar Ray Robinson
Tommy Loughran
Tony Zale
William Muldoon
Willie Pep


2 Comments so far
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WOW!! That is the most amazing cut auto list ever put into a set of anything.

Comment by AdamE

that company is pretty shady. i highly doubt that the memorabilia used is authentic. and the same goes for the cut signatures. if you remember sportkings released a cut auto of “shoeless” joe jackson and promoted it as a real signature from jackson. one problem, jackson was illiterate and couldn’t sign his name yet the sig was in perfect cursive.

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