When thinking of professional boxing, scores of great champions and rivalries come to mind. For many longtime fans, the 1970s Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier fights top the list. These immortal gloved gladiators met in the squared circle three times, with a great deal of the world tuned in. Keep the Ali-Frazier rivalry fresh in your mind, with this lot of (5) signed and unsigned items. Auction LOA from JSA for signed items.
1971 Closed Circuit TV 14x22 broadside, dual-signed by Ali and Frazier. This original period promoter was created for the 3/8/71 first fight at Madison Square Garden, which is known as "The Fight of the Century". Positioned in the white field area above the belligerent's photos, Ali's autograph projects solid ("8-9") potency, however the letter "M" at the beginning of his name is partially covered by some extraneous matter, that extends upwards into the field. Frazier's autograph is also an ("8-9") strength example located at bottom right, just above his printed name. While this fifty year old sign remains vibrant and appealing, it does bear considerable creasing around the perimeter, though the photos are minimally impacted.
1975 Closed Circuit TV 14x22 broadside from the third and final contest between Ali and Frazier. Billed as the "Thrilla in Manila", this fight took place at 10AM local time in Manila on 10/1/75, so it was seen in America during primetime on the night of 9/30/75. Graced with a fantastic illustration by top sports artist LeRoy Neiman, this vintage advertisement bears several creases which are camouflaged by the vibrant colors and overall this piece remains attractive.
(2) 11/21/88 Downtown Athletic Club 13th Annual "Salute to Boxing Greats" dinner programs (EX-MT, VG) both signed by Joe Frazier with ("8-9") potency.
1990 Salvino "The Greatest" 9" Muhammad Ali figure (NM-MT) with ("9-10") strength Ali autograph on the front of the base. From a stated limited edition of "400", this classic creation comes with its original box and factory COA.