Examples
In this section, you will see many photos of Ali's autograph to compare to. They will be divided into sections. So, scroll through you'll see what you're looking for.  I hope these pictures help you make a proper decision.

*Photos are from my personal collection and submitted via email by users.  If you wish to submit a photo, send a large pic of the item in JPEG format to: shawn@aliautos.com if your photo is used, your name will appear in the Site Supporters section.


Ali through the years
Here is a time line of Ali auto's year by year.


                                
                     
                                         Cassius Clay 1960                                                   Cassius Clay 1963                                                            1964


 
                               
                                       
                                                        1965                                                                        1966                                                                              1967

 

                               
                
                                       1968 (Uncommon M and A)                                                 1969                                                                            1972        
       

                                
                                
                                                      1974                                                                              1975                                                                       1977
                               
                                    
                                                      1979                                                                          1981                                                                               1982


                               
   
                                                      1983                                                                          1984                                                                             1985


                               
                                   
                                                    1986                                                                            1987                                                                          1988

   

                               
                                             
                                                       1989                                                                            1990                                                                         1991

 
                                  
                                  
                                                        1992                                                                          1993                                                                          1994


                               
                                  
                                                          1995                                                                       1996                                                                        1997


                               

                                                        1998                                                                           1999                                                                          2000


                               

                                                        2001                                                                             2002                                                                         2003

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



The 70's
Ali was everywhere in the 70's.  If it wasn't for boxing related gatherings it was for Islamic rallies or show appearances.  When he was suspended from boxing he did movies, musicals, and speaking engagements.  Everywhere he went there were dozens (if not more) of people who wanted the Champ's  autograph.  Ali singed for everyone he could.  Most of the time the signature looks rushed.  You'll see them on anything from napkins to airline tickets to newspapers as Ali was on the go most of the time.


                                 

                                 

                                           

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  

The 80's
In the 80's after Ali retired he signed more than ever before. That's when his autograph looked less rushed and is what I call the  'classic' autograph that we all know today.

                                 

                                 

                                     

                                  

                                 

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________       


The 90's
As the years passed Ali's signature got smaller and harder to read due to his health. He is a great person who will still take the time to sign autographs.


                           

                           

                           

                            

                           

                           

 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

                   

Modern Cassius Clay and AKA Clay
Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali on March 6, 1964.  You will find some early contracts signed with both names but that's about it.  Until sometime the late 80's, he would not sign his slave name, so there are not too many of them out there compared to his normal signature.  The autographs signed 'Muhammad Ali AKA Cassius Clay' are the most sought after signature of Ali.  Here are some examples of modern Cassius Clay and AKA Cassius Clay autographs.

                           

                                                Circa 1995                                                                     2001                                                                            2001

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1985                                                                           2002                                                                              2001

                           

                                                 Circa 2000                                                                      2001                                                                         2002               

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

          

Quotes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     At times Ali would add quotes along with his signature.  These quotes could be Religious, Spiritual, or Boxing related.  Some of the quotes are commonly found while others are harder to locate.

Here are some examples of Ali autographs with some "Ali-isims"...


Love is the net where hearts are caught like fish                                                                                                                                                                                           This is the most common spiritual quote that you will find, this is probably the most common quote you will find of them all.   

                            

                            


Enjoy life, it's later than you think                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
This spiritual quote is a little more rare but can be found with some searching.

                               

Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on earth                                                                                                                                                                    Service to God is the rent we pay for our room in the Hereafter/ Heaven 
There are two basic versions of this common religious quote.   

                            


Serve God, he is the goal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This short religious quote can be found quite easily but is still a great find.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Greatest of all time                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hmm, I've heard this somewhere before.

                            


King of the ring / King of boxing                                                                                                                                                                                                                         This short boxing related quote reminded us that Ali was king.  Occasionally Ali would substitute a drawing of a ring for the word.

                            


After me there will never be another                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another reminder of how great he was

                                                                                                                                    

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Pamphlets
Ali wanted to spread the word of Islam, to do this he handed out Islamic pamphlets.  Ali signed these pamphlets so people would not just throw them away, it worked like a charm.  Almost twenty years later there are thousands of them still in collector's hands.  Here are some examples of the different Islamic pamphlets that Ali handed out.