The phantom punch

Feb 11, 22:19 UTC
The Phantom Punch Item images 2f1518387630499 8xtn61aomn 4457afbda81aa3996a77f815517247ed 2fimage Item images 2f1518387630520 vye42gs6z6 4457afbda81aa3996a77f815517247ed 2fimage
United States of America

Sports memorabilia

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16"x20" photo of Muhammad Ali standing over a KO'd Sonny Liston. It's signed Muhammad Ali a.k.a Cassius Clay so the photo contains both his old slave name and new Muslim name.


My good friend Doug stored this item for his friend Mike for many years. Mike put a substantial sum of money into buying sports memorabilia after he received a large insurance settlement. Mike recently passed away, Doug inherited the memorabilia, and he gave me this piece along with three more.

Expert appraisals:
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$100 - $300 (United States Dollar)
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Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. This is a later print of the iconic phantom punch photo showing Liston and Ali. The felt pen signature might be authentic but the certificate is dubious. There is no verifiable name and address on the certificate. There might have been a Franmart Tripleplay company been active in New Jersey in the 1990s, but that is about all that can be said. Sports memorabilia as an investment have lost credibility during the past few years. Buyers are much more aware of fakes. You would need another certificate by a reputable service like PSA. I am not saying they always get it right, but this would be the only solution for you.
Decorative photos like this with a felt pen signature similar to the above sell in the price range as mentioned at auction.

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