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    1996 Olympic Commemorative Basketball Signed by Muhammad Ali and Billy Payne.
    The Games of the XXVI Olympiad, otherwise known as the 1996 Summer Olympics, were held in Atlanta, Georgia becoming the fifth American city to host the games. The 100th year of the modern Olympics saw a record 197 nations compete in 271 events and 26 sports.

    Though his boxing days were long-over, Muhammad Ali surprise lighting of the torch inspired the nation. The lasting image of Ali raising the torch would not have happened without Billy Payne. With the idea of Atlanta hosting the games coming to him in 1987 Payne worked tirelessly to gain support for his dreams. At the time an upset choice, the International Olympic Committee chose Payne's bid which was backed by private support and sponsorship and set in motion the planning of a historic Olympic games.

    This commemorative full-size golden basketball honors the XXVI Olympiad and is signed by the aforementioned Ali and Payne in black sharpie. A rare piece that would make a great addition to any Olympic or Ali collection. Pre-Certified

    Guide Value or Estimate: $600 - up.

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