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    1960 Hemmets Journal Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Rookie #23 PSA Gem Mint 10 - The Finest Example Known to the Hobby! The young Gold Medalist owned 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 conversion to 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.

    Graded PSA Gem Mint 10! A card deserving of a champion, as this is a "Pop One-of-One with None Higher! title holder. Currently, almost 150 cards have passed the judges of PSA. 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. This earth shattering Gem Mint is of monumental significance as it triumphs over all examples ever graded. Based on the PSA census, this will likely be the sole opportunity to purchase this collector's grail.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $80,000 - up.

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    Proxy Bidding Ends
    December
    5th Thursday 10:00 pm CT
    Auction Dates
    December
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
    Proxy Bidding Time Remaining
    22 Days 6h 42m 39s
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    This lot is in: 1 - Sports Collectibles Session
    (Lots 50001-52066) - 10:00 PM Central Time, Thursday, December 5, 2019.
    (Internet bidding closes at 10:00 PM Central Time the evening the session begins, with extended bidding available.)

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    Heritage Auctions - Dallas
    3500 Maple Ave
    17th Floor
    Dallas, TX 75219

    Current Bid:
    $24,000
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