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Another look at Muhammad Ali set by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

On Sunday, we had a quick peek at some of the rarest cards in the Muhammad Ali trading card set Leaf Trading Cards is producing.

Slowly, Leaf is letting a few pictures trickle out as its teases collectors with this set that should be released in February. This time there are five cards from a subset that include associates, fans and opponents of the greatest boxer in history.

While these cards are the autograph versions, which are all numbered to 5, there are more common versions of these cards available in the product.

Of this group, my favorites are the ones where there is a picture with Ali. Leaf is obviously limited to certain pictures, but they definitely used pictures they had with Ali whenever possible.

How do you feel this set is shaping up?

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

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.

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Historic Muhammad Ali Autographs to Grace New Boxing Set by Tracy Hackler

None other than legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee called it “the best thing to happen to boxing since boxing gloves.” While that might be a little hyperbolic, Dundee’s point is a good one.

Clearly, the greatest thing about Ringside Boxing Round One – the first stand-alone boxing set since 1996 Ringside – is “The Greatest” himself: Muhammad Ali.

“If you want to make the best boxing product possible, you need to secure the services of the best boxer of all time,” wrote Dr. Brian Price – whose Sport Kings LP is producing Ringside – in a letter promoting the product. “I am pleased to announce that Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time, will be included in the product.”

Make no mistake: Price’s signing of “The Champ” is a bona fide history-maker. It will include Ali’s first autograph trading cards in 18 years. While Ali has been a frequent signer at shows in the past, his autographed trading cards are quite rare. His only other autographed card appeared in 1992 Pro Line Portraits and carries a current value of $500.

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