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    1960 Hemmets Journal Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Rookie #23 PSA Mint 9 - Only One Superior. The young Gold Medalist possessed skill and confidence in equal measures, his open-throated bravado establishing the young Louisville Lip as one of the most controversial figures in American sport even before his initiation into The Nation of Islam and rejection of the Vietnam War draft fanned those flames into an inferno. We find the eighteen-year-old Clay at the cusp of international fame, a card removed from the pages of Hemmets Journal, a Swedish periodical that produced a special issue featuring trading cards of an array of athletes to watch at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

    Of course, Cassius Clay would prove to be the most significant figure to emerge from those Games, establishing this rookie card as, by far, the most desirable of the Hemmets breed. The manner of distribution required a hand cut to form individual cards, and here that endeavor was executed masterfully, assigning both razor-sharp corners and flawlessly balanced borders to the piece.

    In August of 2017, Heritage sold a Mint 9 example for just over $40,000. In February of 2021, Heritage sold another example graded MINT 9 for an earth shattering $210,000. The rookie card of Ali has earned its well-deserved and monumental significance as it triumphs over those of every other boxing card sold at auction including the legendary 1948 Leaf Graziano. As such, it is difficult to forecast the financial ceiling is for this, the heavyweight champion of boxing cards.

    Graded PSA Mint 9. The PSA census shows a total pop just shy of two-hundred total examples submitted, this is one of only ten graded MINT with one rated higher.


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    May, 2021
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 17
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