Rare Early Ali Gloves to Appear in Heritage April
When considering the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, there
is "no contest" when making the argument that Muhammad Ali is at
the top of the list. Widely acknowledged as "The Greatest," serious
boxing memorabilia collectors regularily pay special attention to
fight-worn material used by the great Ali. It is that mindset that
brings us to one of the featured pieces in Heritage Auctions'
April Signature auction
1960 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) AAU Championship Fight Worn
. These early mitts carry the conservative estimate of
$20,000+, and are one of very few items from Clay's amateur days
ever to appear at auction.
As one of the leading forces in the boxing world for the
advancement of the black race, it's poetic that young Cassius
Clay's victory on April 9, 1960 to claim the National AAU light
heavyweight boxing Championship would come in a second-round
stoppage of a fighter named Jeff Davis, surely named for the
President of the vanquished American Confederacy. The victory would
be Clay's last noteworthy accomplishment before claiming the Gold
Medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics months later.
As is the case with most of the early Clay material in the modern
derive from the trophy cases of Louisville's
Columbia Street Gym and the personal collection of Joe Martin, who
took a young Clay under his wing and introduced him to the sport
which would earn his immortality. A letter of provenance from
internationally renowned boxing memorabilia expert Craig Hamilton
attests to the background of the ten ounce relics.
The gloves are burgundy leather with a white "Rawlings" label at
each wrist, and an "AAU" tag denoting glove weight at interior
right wrist. Each interior wrist bears commission stamping reading
"Nat'l Toledo 1960 Approved," and are initialed by the commission
inspectors. Original laces are present. Wear is light but definite,
most evident in sweat staining of the interior, as is appropriate
for brief amateur tournament use. A rare and very special
opportunity to own genuine fight worn gear from the early evolution
of boxing's greatest name.
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Sports Experts To Hit Northern and Southern
California During a Pair of February Consignment Trips
With Heritage Auctions'
April Signature Auction consignment deadline right around the
corner, our sports experts will be travelling to California twice
this month in order to view large collections, which would be
suitable for what is shaping up to be one of our most impressive
auctions to date.
Heritage sports representatives Mark Jordan and Derek Grady will
be picking up quality consignments in the Southern California area,
including our Beverly Hills office, from February 16-18. If you
have vintage sports cards, autographs or memorabilia please contact
Mark in advance at MarkJ@HA.com
or his direct line at (214) 409-1187, or Derek at DerekG@HA.com (214) 409-1975 to discuss
your consignment and pickup.
Collectors in the Northern California area will also have a
chance to visit with Heritage representatives by appointment from
February 22-27 or by attending our Sacramento appraisal fair on
February 24-26. To make an appointment or for more information,
please contact Mark Jordan at MarkJ@HA.com or his direct line at (214)
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Sunday Internet Auction
is the place to be every Sunday night for collectors of fine sports
memorabilia and trading cards.
Over 100 lots will close to initial bidding at 10 PM CT. On a
lot-by-lot basis, starting at 10:00 PM CT, any person who has bid
on the lot previously may continue to bid on that lot until there
are no more bids for 30 minutes. For example, if you bid on a lot
during Normal Bidding, you could participate during Extended
Bidding for that lot, but not on lots you did not bid on
previously. If a bid was placed at 10:15, the new end time for that
lot would become 10:45. If no other bids were placed before 10:45,
the lot would close. If you are the high bidder on a lot, changing
your bid will not extend the bidding during the 30 Minute Ending
phase (only a bid from another bidder will extend bidding).
No other major sports memorabilia auction house provides its
clientele this much bidding excitement. It's just another reason
why Heritage is the World's Largest Collectibles Auctioneer.
Call or email today to discuss consigning your fine sport
collectibles and trading cards to an upcoming Heritage auction.
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Website Tips: Video Lot
Imagine you're in Paris, and an item you've always been
interested in comes up for auction at Heritage. It is something
you've been looking out for for years. But it's housed in Dallas
until the live auction session takes place in Beverly Hills. You
can't break away from work or family to travel from France to Texas
or California to view it in person, you just don't trust that
anyone can describe it to your satisfaction over the phone, and you
can't tell enough about it from photographs. What to do?
Many collectibles are especially difficult to fully represent
with photography or to completely describe to someone else in
words. So whenever we can, we take advantage of Heritage Auctions'
continued commitment to employ technology to make the auction
process easier, faster, and more transparent, and to deliver as
much information as possible to our bidders in order to help them
make an informed decision about a lot. One particular way we do
this is through the use of Video Lot Descriptions (VLDs) for
premium lots in our auctions.
A Video Lot Description is a one to four minute video
presentation of an auction lot, produced entirely by Heritage
Auctions, and hosted on a given item's webpage once online bidding
opens. We have produced them in many of our departments, and the
lots that have included a VLD have benefited greatly in terms of
visibility, bidding activity, and consequently prices realized.
Traditionally, in categories where we have two similar lots, one
with a VLD, and one without, the lot that carries the video
presentation generally brings a noticeable premium over the other,
sometimes as much as double the price. Video matters, and people
respond to it well. In an age when YouTube is one of the most
visited websites in the world, can there be any doubt that video
has an impact? And speaking of YouTube, we are currently working on
a company-wide process to host our VLDs there, to further increase
visibility of the premium lots in our auctions.
VLDs are available in all Heritage categories. If you are a
consignor to a Heritage auction, please discuss the VLD option with
your consignment director. There is a nominal fee for the service,
but as we like to say, if you buy a VLD on a $10,000 lot, and it
results in just one more bid, then the video has paid for itself
So, what do they look like? Click on the image/link below to
view a VLD in a recent
Sports Collectibles Signature Auction. The VLD will be at the
bottom of the item page on our website. And as always, please feel
free to contact us directly at Bid@HA.com if you have any questions about
the VLD service.
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