SIDEBAR: Not sure why my images are upside down when I upload. They are correctly oriented when I view them. Sorry and appreciate any tips.
The image you posted is 100% authentic.
Also fighttoys was a website ran by a guy called Mark Ogren, a boxing dealer and boxing autograph expert.
Thank you Al. It appears the fighttoys website is down for upgrades but good to know the website and Mark Ogren are potential resources.
Yeah I think that website has been permanently "closed for updates" lol
I think he must have retired from business years ago.
Rest assured, the piece you showed is one of the finest examples of a vintage Ali :)
Thanks Al. Appreciate the strong validation of the Ali. Separately, I feel like I have been "closed for updates" most of my life.
I fixed it. You can go ahead and delete the attachment from the OP.
Quick update. I came across several exemplars at fighttoys.com which seems legit based on a few references on AML. My posted Ali SIG seems to match up nicely to the exemplars they show from the period. However, appreciate any comments or concerns.
I also found several similar slabbed examples including PSA/DNA, JSA, Beckett's, etc., and similar sold items on generally respected auction websites. I know there are mixed reviews of TPAs, but the totality of the examples I found make me feel this is authentic. However, I am always concerned that I am naively comparing to forgeries from a prolific forger (a lesson I learned early on thanks to being fortunate enough to connect with Frank Caiazzo regarding a Beatles signed album - he not only told me it was a forgery but actually could connect the album with the known forger).
Please share your POVs. Thank you.
I have an in person Ali, similarly signed, except "world boxing champ". it was signed while in exile, so probably around '67. My parents saw him in a restaurant in Cape Cod with his entourage and approached him. He was very gracious and signed the back of my 8th grade pic. this one is solid, no doubt with its authenticity.
Thanks terrier8HOF. Great story and love the personal connection, especially Ali signing your 8th grade picture. I hope you photographed better than I did during those years.