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 slowburn 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.
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