2021 Topps Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ Checklist, Print Runs and Details

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The story of a boxing icon is being told once again through trading cards. 2021 Topps Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ is taking a slow-burn approach, offering a weekly drop of two cards through their website. With a complex story to tell and a tremendous legacy, collectors shouldn’t expect the set to stick to Ali’s in-ring accomplishments. It’s a more complete look at his life, including personal moments.

That’s apparent from the start with the first two cards in the set featuring a young Cassius Clay winning gold at the 1960 Olympics and his conversion to Islam.

The cards’ designs are inspired by a variety of Topps designs from the past, similar to what they do with their online Throwback Thursday line. This means, when necessary, slight adjustments and tweaks to make it work for boxing.

2021 Topps Muhammad Ali: The People's Champ 1

Card backs offer a write-up on the background of the featured event. This is different from the majority of recent Topps online releases in other sports and subjects that have generic text and blurbs.

When complete, the 2021 Topps Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ checklist will have 100 cards and last 50 weeks.

How to Get Cards

Cards are available through the Topps website for $9.99 each or $17.49 for both of the week’s cards. Single cards also have discount options available for lots of up to 20 cards. Dealers may also have some available on eBay at a discount during the sales window as they’re ordering in bulk.

New cards release every Tuesday and have a sales window of seven days. Print runs are based on what’s ordered during that time.

Leaf was the last company to produce trading cards of Ali based on his life and career. Between 2011 and 2016, they did several sets at a variety of price levels and configurations. Before that, Upper Deck did the high-end Muhammad Ali Master Collection in 2000.

2021 Topps Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ at a glance:

Set size: 100 cards (when complete)
Release date: January 19, 2021

2021 Topps Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ Checklist

This is an ongoing release with new cards being released each week. Print runs will be posted as they’re announced. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s currently available on eBay.

Parallels:

  • Black – /56
  • Red – /10
  • Silver – /5
  • Yellow Gold – 1/1

1 Cassius Clay Jr. – 18-Year-Old Wins Olympic Gold – 4,043
2 Cassius Clay Jr. – Converts to Islam – 3,381
3 Cassius Clay Jr. – Is Boxing’s Nostradamus – 2,241
4 Cassius Clay Jr. – Release of I Am the Greatest! – 2,227
5 Cassius Clay Jr. – Clay Vs. Jones – Prefight Hype – 1,986
6 Cassius Clay Jr. – Clay Vs. Jones – Outcome – 2,063
7 Cassius Clay Jr. – Pre-Fight Mind Games Vs. Liston – 1,974
8 Cassius Clay Jr. – TKOs Sonny Liston in the 7th Round – 2,088
9 Cassius Clay Jr. – Captures 1st World Title – 2,057
10 Muhammad Ali – Becomes Muhammad Ali – 2,083

11 Muhammad Ali – Ali vs. Liston – The Rematch
12 Muhammad Ali – Defends Title with TKO
13 Muhammad Ali – Ali vs. Patterson
14 Muhammad Ali – “Like Picking the Wings Off a Butterfly”

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A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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