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1951 Topps Ringside Boxing Cards

1951 Topps Ringside Boxing Cards

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Boxing cards don't have a lot of widespread hobby love. That's too bad because 1951 Topps Ringside Boxing is one of the most beautiful sets ever produced.

1951 Topps Ringside Boxing has a total of 96 cards. These are split evenly between two 48-card series. As with a lot of sets from the era, the second series can be a little tougher to find.

Cards are smaller than today's traditional cards, measuring 2 1/16" by 2 15/16". This puts them in line with similarly sized sets like 1952 Topps Look 'N See and 1954 Topps Scoops.

While boxing cards may not have as devoted a following as baseball or football, 1951 Topps Ringside Boxing is a landmark release. It's widely considered to be one of the top sets for the sport ever produced. The checklist is led by what's considered by many to be the Rocky Marciano rookie card. Other key fighters include Jake La Motta, Joe Louis, Gene Tunney and Jersey Joe Walcott.

Although considered a boxing set, the checklist does include a handful of wrestlers as well. These include Gene Stanlee, Antonio Rocca, Rudy and Emil Dusek, Don Eagle, and Ilio Di Paolo.

While the second half of the set is considered more scarce, it also has a few short prints that are even rarer: #49 Bob Murphy, #55 Bob Fitzsimmons, #61 Pete Mead, and #89 Carlos Chavez.

Card fronts have full-color illustrations. They come with a white border and a simple white box with the fighter's name at the bottom of the card. Champions have more intricate nameplates. Some also have crown icons added to the cards.

Backs have a black box at the top with the fighter's vitals. A boxing glove icon has the card number. The main area includes their record and a bio.

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1951 Topps Ringside Boxing cards can be found with or without a perforated edge. This is the result of some being packaged out in two-card panels.

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This might be the only boxing set Topps produced, but it still moves well on the secondary markets. Expect to pay a minimum of $10 for common singles in decent shape. Prices can reach into four figures for high-grade cards of key cards.

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1951 Topps Ringside Boxing Checklist

96 cards.

1 Gus Lesnevich
2 Henry Armstrong
3 Jake LaMotta
4 Jimmy Flood
5 Marcel Cerdan
6 Jersey Joe Walcott
7 Gino Buonvino
8 Joey Maxim
9 Rudy and Emil Dusek
10 Randy Turpin
11 Max Baer
12 Billy Conn
13 Billy Soose
14 Roland LaStarza
15 James Carter
16 Art Aragon
17 Gene Stanlee
18 Johnny Saxton
19 Dan Bucceroni
20 Joe Baksi
21 Tony Janiro
22 Beau Jack
23 Bob Satterfield
24 James Braddock
25 Bob Baker
26 Joe Miceli
27 Petey Scalzo
28 Sal Bartolo
29 Sandy Saddler
30 Tony Zale
31 Joe Walcott
32 Rocky Marciano
33 Walter Cartier
34 Ray Robinson vs. Mar
35 Chico Vejar
36 Vic Toweel
37 Eugene Hairston
38 Laurent Dauthuille
39 Benny Leonard
40 Cesar Brion
41 Freddie Cochrane
42 Tiger Flowers
43 Ray Robinson
44 Tony Zale vs. Marcel
45 Barney Ross
46 Ruby Goldstein
47 Bob Montgomery
48 Rocky Castellani
49 Bob Murphy SP
50 Lou Ambers
51 Jess Willard
52 Lee Savold
53 Antonio Rocca
54 James Jeffries
55 Bob Fitzsimmons SP
56 Joe Gans
57 Bernard Docusen
58 Rex Layne
59 James J. Corbett
60 Abe Attell
61 Pete Mead SP
62 Abe Simon
63 Tony Canzoneri
64 Ray Miller
65 Fitzie Pruden
66 Luis Firpo
67 Paul Berlenbach
68 Steve Belloise
69 John L. Sullivan
70 Eddie Compo
71 Tony Pellone
72 Stanley Ketchel
73 Kid Gavilan
74 Billy Graham
75 Kid Gavilan vs. Padd
76 Bill Bossio
77 Ilio DiPaolo
78 Fritzie Zivic
79 Ray Famechon
80 Cartier vs. Hairston
81 Fred Beshore
82 Joey DeJohn
83 Fred Apostoli
84 Charlie Fusari
85 Joe Walcott vs. Ezza
86 Don Eagle
87 Tommy Loughran
88 Joe Louis
89 Carlos Chavez SP
90 Nick Barone
91 Jimmy Herring
92 Al Hostak
93 Marty Servo
94 Paddy DeMarco
95 Gene Tunney
96 Ezzard Charles
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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W. Smith

Topps is my favorite card company and boxing is my favorite sport. One of the best set of boxing cards ever produced. What’s not to love?

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