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Tremendous collection of Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali memorabilia, spanning virtually the entirety of the great Champion's iconic career.  Often considered the most famous man in the world even today, Ali was a polarizing figure, one that grabbed headlines as well as attracting both awe and ire.

Included in the collection are the following:

1963 Cassius Clay 45RPM Record "The Prediction", with picture sleeve: Ali at his best was a fast talking, poetic self-promoter.  This record was made for promotional purposes - and Clay's psychological warfare purposes - in connection with his 1963 title fight against Sonny Liston, and contains The Greatest's poetic boast about what he would do to Liston in their championship fight.  The sleeve of the record contains two fantastic images of Clay.

1964 Clay/Liston II Press Release: Legal-sized letterhead with images of both boxers at the top.  The release shows the original November 16, 1964 date for the fight, as well as the original location of the Boston Garden (the fight would ultimately be delayed by six months due to Ali's emergency surgery for a strangulated hernia).  The press release also identifies Ali as Cassius Clay, despite his much publicized change of names to Muhammad Ali the prior year.  Ultimately, the fight was moved to Lewiston, Maine, where Ali won in less than a round by knockout.

1967 Muhammad Ali Press Photos (2): Two Type I 5" x 7" photos, with publication note tags included.  The first photo, published one week after Ali's last title defense before being stripped for refusing induction into the Army, shows Ali with advisors reviewing news clippings.  THe second shows Ali with Nation of Islam advisors/bodyguards.  These photos originate from the archives of a San Francisco area sportswriter.

1971 Ali-Frazier I Press Photo: Type I full body shot of the Champion striking the heavy bag, which comes directly from the press kit for the most anticipated heavyweight title fight in history, a clash of two undefeated champions, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.  Ali, undefeated in the ring, had his title famously stripped in 1967 for his refusal to be inducted into the military.  While Ali appealed his conviction for draft evasion, the WBA staged a series of elimination bouts with Jimmy Ellis crowned champion in February of 1970.  He then lost to Frazier, who became the undisputed champion.  Many, however, were not convinced.  Howard Cosell said "Joe Frazier is the champion of nothing.  The heavyweight champion of the world was, and still is, a man called Muhammad Ali."  Ali fought his conviction all the way to the Supreme Court, ultimately winning conscientious objector status and thus having his boxing license reinstated.  He then challenged Frazier for the title in his much-publicized return, continuously boasting and depicting Frazier as the "white man's champion."  Frazier, who remained quiet, ultimately knocked Ali down in the 15th round, winning the bout by decision.

1977 Australian "Daybill" Movie Poster, "The Greatest": Daybill posters were published exclusively for the Australian market.  This lithographed original poster was produced by MAPS, the principal lithographer for Australian movie posters of the era, to promote the 1977 biographical film released by Columbia Pictures about Ali, which starred Muhammad as himself.

1977 Ali Boomaye 45 RPM Record with Picture Sleeve: A promotional record issued in conjunction with the Columbia Pictures film "The Greatest," this record evokes the Rumble in the Jungle, the title fight in Zaiere where Alie defeated George Foreman for the heavyweight crown.  "Ali Boomaye" means "Ali kill him" and was chanted by fans in Zaire wherever he went.

1979 Hace Milliones de Anos Cassius Clay card: Difficult type card issue with a multi-subjct series in Argentina in 1979, this card identifies Ali as "Clay," a common situation with foreign Ali cards issued a decade or even more after his name change.

1980 Holmes-Ali pinback: Issued by Don King to promote what would turn out to be Ali's final championship appearance, this 3" diameter pinback button depicts challenger Ali and champion Hall of Famer Larry Holmes.  Ali, who in retrospect had already begun showing slurred speech and other signs of neurological impairments in the promotional footage shot at his training camp, was pounded mercilessly by his former sparring partner.

The overall condition of everything in this collection is excellent, with very little wear to anything but the picture sleeves, which are notoriously susceptible to coming apart at the poorly glued seams.  Still, they and the records remain in presentable condition.  An outstanding selection of quality memorabilia related to the greatest fighter of all time.

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Auction closed on Sunday, February 2, 2014.
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