Issued at hosting venues for Heavyweight title bouts during Muhammad Ali’s incomparable run, these original pennants are among the scarcest 1970s ring souvenirs. Includes:
Ali vs. Frazier issued at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971 for the battle of undefeated Heavyweights, this full-size blue felt banner features colorful likenesses of the combatants and white appliqué which reads: “Muhammad Ali Cassius Clay vs Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Championship of the World – Fight of the Century.” This relic is extremely well preserved with crack-free appliqué, the red spine intact and no pinholes or evidence of previous display.
Ali vs. Foreman issued in Kinshasa, Zaire Africa for the October 29, 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle,” this orange felt pennant displays vertically, with white appliqué designs that include a silhouette of Africa and the boxers’ respective “titles” (Foreman: “World Heavyweight Champ”; Ali: “The People’s Champ”). Spectacular preservation and crack-free appliqué.
Ali vs. Jeanne Pierre Coopman a white felt banner issued on February 20, 1976 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this on-site memento features appliqué likenesses of Ali (strangely enough, none of Coopman) and Puerto Rican scenery. Appliqué text is in Spanish. Along the spine, two original yellow tabs and a retail attachment remain. Like the aforementioned pennants, this one is in impeccable shape and was spared from previous display of any kind.