Autograph Note Signed
1964. Near Fine.
Standard notecard inscribed by Ali in blue pen: "From / Muhammad Ali / World Champ / 19-64." with original yellow envelope with pomegranate image to front, "Ali" and "1964" signed in black pen to front. Near fine notecard and envelope, with light toning and a touch of wear to top left corner of notecard. Overall, an excellent item, particularly desirable signed as "Ali" the same year that he changed his name from Cassius Clay. Muhammad Ali made this inscription in 1964, arguably the most significant year in his legendary life. On February 25, 1964, Ali, then named Cassius Clay, defeated the overwhelming favorite Sonny Liston to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Then, on March 6, Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali because of his affiliation with the religious organization, the Nation of Islam. Ali continued to dominate boxing until 1967, when he refused to enter the Vietnam War on moral grounds and was banned from the sport until 1970. An athlete who transcended his sport like no other, Ali received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.