1966 Cassius Clay Handwritten Letter to His Mother
We all know the tale of Muhammad Ali, a.k.a. Cassius Clay. After defeating Heavyweight Champion, Sonny Liston for the title, Clay announced that his acceptance of the teachings of Islam had required him to change his name to Muhammad Ali. In this ideal handwritten letter from Ali to his mother, written on letterhead advertising his September 10, 1966 fight against Karl Mildenberger, the man formerly known as Cassius Clay writes to his mother, while signing his name as “Cassius”. This is, of course, the name that his mother still knew him by, and this is an exceptional letter signed with original name, penned after he publicly changed to Ali. In neatly penned blue ballpoint, it reads: “Mother, Got your message, please don’t worry I will take care of this guy and be home soon. The people over here have been good to me and I am training in the morning and sight seeing in the afternoons. I will try to call you right after the fight. Don’t worry! Love, Cassius.” Ink is almost perfect, grading “9” out of a possible 10. Letter itself is EX-MT and pristine. Handsome letterhead on which it is written displays the photos of both fighters, printed in German. Double matted and framed to 13.5x17”.