Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, the legendary boxer raised in Montreal, Canada was one of the first fighters to sign on for the Ringside Boxing Round One trading card set. Having boxed professionally for over 15 years, no one had yet to produce a card of Gatti featuring a fight-worn relic or certified autograph.
On July 11th, 2009, all chances of owning a “Thunder” autograph came to and end when the 37-year old was found dead in a hotel room in Brazil. After several weeks of speculation and with Gatti’s young wife being held in a jail for murder, police finally ruled Arturo Gatti’s death a suicide.
It’s a shame that Arturo felt the need to take his own life. It’s also incredibly unfortunate for his fans who also collect because it means that we may never see any of his cards on the market. At this moment, Gatti’s estate is up in the air and it’s likely to remain that way for some time.
Here’s hoping Dr. Price can put a deal together soon so that we may at least have the opportunity to own relic cards of the legendary fighter. If done right and not overproduced, Gatti’s fight-worn relics could be the surprise hit of the product, no pun intended.