“The Raging Bull” has died.
Jake LaMotta, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame after a lengthy career that included an 83-19-4 record, was 95 years old. He famously fought — and defeated — Sugar Ray Robinson in 1942 and his memoir inspired Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film Raging Bull where he was played by Robert DeNiro.
Despite boxing not having a regularly occurring trading card presence, LaMotta could be found in a number of sets throughout the years.
LaMotta appears on nearly 120 different cards with nearly 50 of those being certified autographs and just one being a memorabilia card in 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter where he also was a signer.
His earliest ink is in Donruss/Playoff releases from 2008 — cards in Americana and Donruss Sports Legends (above). His autographs are also found in 2010 Ringside Round One, 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali Metal, 2011 Leaf Legends of Sport, 2014 Panini Golden Age, 2014 Leaf Q and a handful of other releases with low-volume or cut autos. Among vintage cardboard, his key appearances are in the 1948 Leaf set, 1951 Berk Ross and the 1951 Topps Ringside release (right).
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