I am currently re-doing this section.  It is a slow process and I am doing my best working around all the things in life that get in the way.  


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

Below you will see a time-line of Ali's autograph.  While not 100% complete, it shows you how Ali's autograph has changed over time.  











           
                     
                                    

 

                               
                
                                       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

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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.


                                 

                                 

                                           

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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.

                                 

                                 

                                     

                                  

                                 

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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.


                           

                           

                           

                            

                           

                           

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Modern Cassius Clay and AKA Clay

Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali on March 6, 1964, after then Ali would rarely sign his 'Slave name'.  The exception seemed to be on official documents that had his name as Cassius Clay (such as contracts), and on those items he usually signed 'Muhammad Ali AKA Cassius Clay'.  At some point, he started to sign AKA Clay when asked, and eventually even Clay individually.  

  

    


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        Uncommon M and A

  In the late 1960's and into the 70's, Ali occasionally signed his name a little different.  In this version of his signature he added more flourish and style to the capital M and A.  It's easy to spot the difference and a great addition for your collection.

  

 


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

                                                                                                                                    

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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.