1960 Hemmets Journal Panel Card with Cassus Clay Rookie RC #6 Muhammad Ali SGC AuthenticGo Back
In 1960, the Olympics were held in Rome, Italy. The event became the first international showcase for a young boxer named Cassius Clay, who, of course, went on to even greater heights as Muhammad Ali. The Swedish publication (Hemmets Journal) released an issue of trading cards printed on thin, glossy paper that commemorated the top Olympic athletes from the 1960 Summer Olympics that were meant to be housed in a binder.
Presented is one of those 1960 Hemmets Journal panel cards. This panel was a part of the series; the holes in the margin are original to the piece, enabling it to fit it into the binder. Naturally, Cassius Clay would prove to be the most significant figure to emerge from those Games, establishing the rookie card on this panel as, by far, the most desirable of the Hemmets breed.
The athletes depicted in this panel card include: Swedish speed walker, John Ljunggren, American track and field athlete, Wilma Rudolph; American boxer, Cassius Clay; and Danish footballer, Harald Nielsen. The Clay card is considered to be one of the earliest cards to depict the gold medalist and future heavyweight champ. The panel itself has some natural creasing from storage/age and it was encapsulated and deemed authentic “A” by SGC.
1960 Hemmets Journal Panel Card with Cassus Clay Rookie