Tuesday evening boxer Hector Camacho was shot while sitting in the passenger seat of a friend’s car in front of a bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The story has changed a little since the news originally broke but it appears that it may have been drug related (10 small bags of cocaine were found on Camacho’s friend and in the car). This afternoon the hospital announced that Camacho, who was originally expected to survive, had taken a turn and is now clinically brain dead. Currently the family is in disagreement as to what to do next, though it should be noted that when the brain dies it is irreversible, he is by all legal rights dead.
Sadly since his Championship reigns in the 1980s and 1990s (Super Lightweight, Lightweight and Junior Welterweight) he has dealt with some demons, battling drug and alcohol addiction, even being sentenced to prison in 2007 for burglary. Though he has been down he still had time for family and friends, even going out of his way for his fans, posing for pictures and signing autographs when people recognized him on the street.
Boxing is one of the sports that has an international draw but has limited appeal on the cardboard front. Camacho, who last fought in 2010, has a handful of cards printed in the 1990s but the recent releases of Ringside Boxing Round One and Round Two by Creative Cardboard Concepts have ended the boxing drought. Now there are a variety of Camacho cards, inserts, relics and autographs to choose from including a dual-relic card that he shares with his son Hector Camacho Jr. I came across this cool Chicago National 1/1 dual-relic version on COMC.
Currently you can find many of the cards that he has available on eBay or COMC and prices are still reasonable (compared to where they stood before the shooting) but you can figure that once he passes on the eBay Toads will jump on the opportunity to profit off of another person’s death. Here are a selection of cards that you can find, some highlighting his humor and flamboyance, though no matter how strange he looked coming in to the ring it was all business once the bell rang.