c.1960s Muhammad Ali PSA Type I Original Photo – Measures Approx. 8" x 10" – PSA Type 1 Encapsulation
Presented here is a magnificent circa 1960's photo of the incomparable Muhammad Ali being "swarmed" by a typical adoring crowd. One of the most iconic all-time Athletes, Ali stands right alongside Babe Ruth and Michael Jordon in popularity, with the "trash talking" legend's resume including three WBA heavyweight titles (1964, 1974, 1978); six-time Ringside Magazine "fighter of the year" awards; Sports Illustrated #1 greatest athlete; and being widely acclaimed as the greatest heavyweight boxer ever! His unfortunate death on June 3, 2016 due to complications relating to his debilitating Parkinson's disease was deeply felt across the globe, for it virtually seemed that nothing could ever silence this incomparable icon.
In lieu of his passing, any of his scarce collectibles are highly coveted within the collecting community with this amazing PSA Type 1 Photo of Cassius Clay portraying the all-time boxer being surrounded by a seemingly infinite fan base. Measuring 8" x 10", the classic black & white image portrays awe-inspiring surface aesthetics including crystal clear clarity and impeccable contrast. The only blemish worthy of discussion is a diminutive upper right corner wrinkle that doesn't negate the incredible eye appeal of this extremely rare offering. While the verso does not reveal a specific photographer credit stamp, Martin Blumenthal's name is scripted in pencil, leading us to believe this could be the result of his renowned handiwork (this auction does include another "official" Blumenthal Type 1 image). A remarkable Cassius Clay illustration, it reminds us of Ali's unparalleled legacy that captivated an entire Nation, especially throughout the turbulent 1960's! - PSA Type 1 Encapsulation
MIN BID $200