Stephen Singer’s collection of Muhammad Ali memorabilia isn’t the world’s biggest but it’s definitely got a uniqueness to it.
Singer, who launched an auto dealership in Hooksett, NH, has his collection on display there. He’s got some traditional pieces like signed boxing gloves, old fight posters and other memorabilia but customers and other visitors can also see a copy of Ali’s x-ray from the aftermath of the Ken Norton fight that broke his jaw.
Maybe the most unusual part of the collection is a group of 49 autographs from the fighters that faced Ali in the ring—from Tunney Hunsaker in 1960 to Trevor Berbick, who ended Ali’s career in December 1981. Singer is missing only one to have a complete run.
WMUR-TV paid a visit to see the collection and spoke with Singer by phone.
Love of the Game Auctions is selling the first group of cards from the company’s noteworthy “Texas Find,” an original-owner collection of complete sets dating back to 1948. The find included hundreds of sets, dozens of signed baseballs, and over 600 autographed 1952 Topps cards.
There’s an unsigned ’52 Mantle (PSA 3.5) and a complete ’52 Topps set in the sale, which ends Saturday.
Also in the auction is a 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie (PSA 6) and the Dennis Clotworthy Collection of Detroit Tigers memorabilia. Clotworthy, a former Tigers batboy, has contributed more than 100 lots to this auction, highlighted by Al Kaline’s last bat. Graded GU 10 by PSA/DNA, the bat was used by the Hall of Fame outfielder in his last at-bat on October 2, 1974, and given to the young batboy as a memento.
There are also numerous pieces from the old Tiger Stadium including a section of outfield wall, an old on deck circle, game-used bats, single-signed baseballs, and other assorted Tigers memorabilia.
A few notable cards being offered at auction on eBay this week:
1955 Topps Clemente PSA 8 (current bid is just over $90,000). One sold at auction last month for over $131,000.
1968 Topps Ryan rookie PSA 9 (current bid is $43,100, which has already surpassed the record price for this card, set last month).
1954 Topps Aaron PSA 8 (current bid is $32,300). Record price is $57,600 with recent sales at $38,000-$42,000.