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.
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Frazier, Joe and Marvis
Jones, Junior “Poison”
Jones, Jr. Roy
Cut Signature Checklist
James J. Corbett
James J. Jeffries
Jersey Joe Walcott
John L. Sullivan
Sugar Ray Robinson