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1960s Cassius Clay and Muhammad Ali Signed Programs (2)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,175
In the spring of 1964 Cassius Clay shocked the world by defeating champion Sonny Liston for the heavyweight boxing title. Shortly after that remarkable upset, he again made headlines when he officially joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Offered here are two Muhammad Ali signed items that date, respectively, one year prior to, and one year after, that historic name change. 1) Fold-over program for the North Dade Junior-Senior High School Athletic Association Athletic Banquet, held on May 15, 1963. Cassius Clay has boldly inscribed the back page of the program in blue ink (grading "10"), "From Cassius Clay." The front page of the program has also been signed and inscribed in blue ink ("10") by Cassius' Clay's older brother, "To Mclleod/Best of Luck Always/Sincerely Yours/Rudolph Valentino Clay/1963/1963." As noted in the program, Clay was the guest speaker at the event. The program (5 x 6.5 inches) displays a horizontal and vertical fold, as well as a number of light stains on both the front and back cover. Vg. Accompanying the program is a a page from an unidentified newsletter or periodical picturing Ali posing with guests at the banquet. 2) Cover of the program to the 12th Annual Testimonial Dinner-Dance, given by the Veteran Boxers Ass'n of New York Inc., held at the Hotel Astor in New York City on November 28, 1965. Muhammad Ali has signed the cover on the front in blue ink ("10"). The cover (8.25 x 10.75 inches), which has been neatly removed from the program, displays a name written in ink along the top ("Jack Larkin"), and has minor surface wear. Vg. Many more modern signatures exist, but vintage Muhammad Ali (or Cassius Clay) signatures are the rare exception. These are two very high quality examples, noteworthy on many counts including that they are on special items that date from very specific events. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 2 items. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,175
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