c.1960-62 Cassius Clay Signed Louisville Sponsoring Group 3x5 
Lot Number 577
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The year was 1960, and eighteen-year-old Cassius Clay arrived in his native Louisville after claiming the light-heavyweight Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympiad in Rome. A few weeks later the Louisville Sponsoring Group signed the budding pugilist to a two-year contract which included a $10k cash bonus as well as $4k salary for each of the following two years with the stipulation that any monies Clay made above this was to be split 50/50 between Clay and the ten investors. Dating to the era between late-1960 and late-1962, the presented lot features the earliest Clay signature to have surfaced in recent years. Exhibiting absolutely no symptoms of his post-Parkinson syndrome penmanship, the signature, which is far larger than its more contemporary counterparts, rates a (9) and has been penned in a black ballpoint on a 3-1/4 x 5 Compliments of the Louisville Sponsoring Group album page. Displaying a From salutation and accompanied by a notarized, full LOA from JSA, this incredibly early Clay signature will make any autograph collector salivate. 
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