For sale is the Italian 1970 Panini Campioni Dell Sport Tennis Rookie Card of Superstar Arthur Ashe.
Panini’s “Campioni Dello Sport” series is the one of the most recognized and sought after overseas Multi-sport series ever made. The series began with its premeire release in 1966 and continued thru 1968, with additional productions release in 1970 and 1973. during this period of time it showcases some of the most sought after rookies of that time period from Cassius Clay thru Jack Nicklaus. It was a who’s who of fan favorite stars Its a Key series from the 1970’s that is a must for sporting fans and collectors alike.
Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. (born July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles.
Ashe was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He retired in 1980. He was ranked World No. 1 by Harry Hopman in 1968 and by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and World Tennis Magazine in 1975. In the ATP computer rankings, he peaked at No. 2 in May 1976.
In the early 1980s, Ashe is believed to have contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. Ashe publicly announced his illness in April 1992 and began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia at age 49 on February 6, 1993.
On June 20, 1993, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the United States President Bill Clinton.