To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.
1951 Topps Ringside #43
Ironically, I'm not a huge boxing fan. In fact, I haven't really followed boxing on a regular basis since the days of Iron Mike.
But do yourself a favor and take a few seconds to look over this amazing cardboard specimen. It's over sixty years old, has a simple, yet awesome card design, and features one of the greatest boxers to ever enter the ring.
Robinson went 85-0 as an amateur and won his first 40 fights as a professional. On February 5th, 1942... he lost his first professional fight to Jake Lamotta. After that he fought ninety-one more times over the next eight years before he lost again.
When he finally hung up his gloves in 1965 at the age of forty-four, his professional boxing record stood at: 173 wins, 108 knockouts, 19 losses, 6 draws, and 2 no contests. Out of his 19 losses, 15 occurred after 1956.
Impressive, right? That's why I had no problem dropping $23.50 for this awesome card.
What about you...
Have you ever seen a card and knew instantly that you had to own it?
If so... what card was it? What impressed you about the card? Have you purchased it?
Happy Monday and sayonara!