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Muhammad Ali Boxing Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Muhammad Ali

Date of Birth: 1/17/1942

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Investment Rating: 10.0 (Exceptional)

Overview

More than 30 years after his final fight, Muhammad Ali memorabilia and card prices continue to see strong growth. A legend inside the ring and out, Ali is an icon unlike none other.

Muhammad Ali Boxing Memorabilia

His high status is reflected in the high prices Muhammad Ali memorabilia continues to bring in. Popular pieces of Muhammad Ali memorabilia include signed boxing gloves, photos and boxing robes. Additional items collectors might want to consider include issues of Sports Illustrated and other magazines where he appears on the cover and boxing posters. Understandably, Ali's signature deteriorated over the years.

With his unique place in both sports and modern history, Muhammad Ali memorabilia should still be considered a strong investment despite its already high prices. He is a beloved figure whose accomplishments make him one of the greatest pop culture icons.

The top pieces of Muhammad Ali memorabilia are, not surprisingly, pieces of fight-worn gear. In November 2011, the trunks Ali wore in "The Fight of the Century" in his match against Joe Frazier sold for $173,102.

Muhammad Ali Boxing Cards

Considering the stature of Ali and his place in history, there are very few cards of the boxing legend. Most come from the 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali, 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali Metal and 2012 Leaf Muhammad Ali: The Greatest releases. Although the compositions are a little different, both are premium sets that chronicle Ali's accomplishments inside and outside the ring. Both also contain plenty of Muhammad Ali memorabilia, autograph and cut signature cards.

A more comprehensive boxing release, 2010 Ringside Boxing Round One is another set with both Ali's autographs and relics. He was also in 2011 Ringside Boxing Round 2 as a case topper.

All of these sets pail in comparison to the ultra high-end 2000 Upper Deck Muhammad Ali Master Collection. The box set starts with 30 base cards dedicated to the legend. Printed on premium stock, each card came with a matching serial number out of 250. Housed in a wooden box, sets also had an on-card autograph and three Muhammad Ali memorabilia cards (train-worn gloves, fight-worn trunks, fight-worn robe) numbered to 50 copies. Finally, collectors received a mystery pack that contained either a one-of-one base set parallel or an autographed memorabilia card. Given the high initial cost and extremely limited availability, most of the 2000 Upper Deck Muhammad Ali Master Collection sets went directly into personal collections.

See also: Top Muhammad Ali Cards to Celebrate His Amazing Life

For those on a tighter budget, 1992 Classic World Class Athletes and 1992 Pro Line Portraits Football have Muhammad Ali autograph cards that can be more affordable but are still pricey. It is worth noting that the Pro Line Portraits card is signed on the back. Authentic versions of the card can be identified by the embossed stamp on the bottom corner of the card.

Perhaps the most popular and widely available Muhammad Ali card comes from 1983 Topps Greatest Olympians. Pictured as Cassius Clay, his official name when he won the gold medal, the horizontal card depicts a young version of the boxer celebrating with his mouth open and his arms raised. Because the card has widespread centering issues, collectors may want to track down professionally graded copies for a little added piece of mind. The 99-card set features many legendary athletes and is one of the most overlooked sets of the 1980s.

Additional Muhammad Ali card highlights include several basic cards in 1991 All World Boxing, a hologram insert in 1991 Kayo, a spot in 1992 Kayo Holograms and a 1986 Monty's Gum Wrestling Stars card in which he's pictured with Hulk Hogan.

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Autograph Guide

Muhammad Ali Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Muhammad Ali's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, and Mounted Memories.

Muhammad Ali Cut Signature Exemplar:

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Muhammad Ali Key Signature Attributes: Due to Ali's longtime and ongoing battle with Parkinson's Disease, his signature has changed frequently through the years. As a result, his signature can be very hard to analyze let alone authenticate. Additionally, his name change back in the 1960's creates the added challenge of authenticating signatures for multiple names of the same person.

Because of his tremendous popularity, Muhammad Ali signatures are one of the most forged in the sports memorabilia industry. We have provided signature examples, above, that PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator) has authenticated over the years. A hand-writing analysis of each signature would not do justice to collectors, as his signature varies so significantly depending on the era signed and even his specific health on any given day. The following signature traits are general and not absolute.

  1. The signature exhibits an overall consistency that lows, with very few starts and stops.
  2. The entire signature is written on an even horizontal plane.
  3. The letter "M" is always legible, and each letter is attempted.

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Muhammad Ali Cut Signature Pricing:

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Muhammad Ali Signed Photograph Pricing:

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Comments

Max
Max

Found a really large professionally framed picture of the Ali vs Liston. Estimate size 40×50’’ signed by Ali. Sitting behind some ugly frames at goodwill with a $25 price tag. Steal!

Jeff
Jeff

I love my cut auto of his..It’s almost like the one above..A pc keeper.

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