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Basketball Autographs

Basketball is more than 130 years old and has enjoyed a remarkable array of athletic talents from early 20th-century standout James "Pappy" Ricks to contemporary classic Michael Jordan. Fans of the sport find excitement for basketball players' autographs as a means to commemorate significant games, seasons, and even entire careers.

Created by ambitious gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, basketball was first played in late 1891. Naismith first designed the sport as a way to keep athletes in shape during the long winter months, but its popularity as a team event grew exponentially. Within months, basketball became an international sport with the first professional leagues formed in 1898. College teams also sprouted across the country, contributing to an overall basketball frenzy.

The establishment of the National Basketball Association in the late '40s created the first substantial league of teams. It also ushered in a new era of merchandising and accordingly, signed memorabilia. The tradition of getting a favorite basketball player's signature is still alive and well in many arenas. Vintage autographs also cause quite a clamor on the auction block.


Quick Facts

  • Basketball was promoted by Naismith by guaranteeing fewer injuries than football
  • The first European basketball game was held in Paris in 1893
  • A Dream Team basketball featuring the signatures of the 1992 US Men's Olympic Basketball Team, which including Michael Jordan and Larry Bird, sold at auction in 2015 for $230,041

Recommended Items at Auction

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LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$268 Bids
1996/97 KOBE BRYANT Autographed Collection Rookie Card
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
1996/97 KOBE BRYANT Autographed Collection Rookie Card
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$555 Bids
LeBron James Cavaliers Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
LeBron James Cavaliers Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$215 Bids
Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$114 Bids
Larry Bird Boston Celtics Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
Larry Bird Boston Celtics Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$64 Bids
Shaquille O'Neal Signed Autographed Basketball Certified Coa
Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
Shaquille O'Neal Signed Autographed Basketball Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$314 Bids
LeBron James Cavaliers Signed Autographed Gray Mitchell & Ness Hat Certified Coa
Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
LeBron James Cavaliers Signed Autographed Gray Mitchell & Ness Hat Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$264 Bids
MICHAEL JORDAN Signed Studio Portrait Basketball Card
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
MICHAEL JORDAN Signed Studio Portrait Basketball Card
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$123 Bids
KOBE BRYANT 8 x 10 Autographed Photograph
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
KOBE BRYANT 8 x 10 Autographed Photograph
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$183 Bids
KOBE BRYANT 23k Gold Signature Edition Rookie Card
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
KOBE BRYANT 23k Gold Signature Edition Rookie Card
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$223 Bids
(69/75) 2019-20 Panini Chronicles RC Limited Auto Patch RJ Barrett #LR-RJB Basketball Card - Numbered /75
Nov 07, 9:00 PM EDT
(69/75) 2019-20 Panini Chronicles RC Limited Auto Patch RJ Barrett #LR-RJB Basketball Card - Numbered /75
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $100- $200
$303 Bids
Larry Johnson Charlotte Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo TRISTAR Certified Coa
Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
Larry Johnson Charlotte Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo TRISTAR Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$63 Bids
LeBron James Lakers MVP's Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
LeBron James Lakers MVP's Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$63 Bids
LeBron James Signed Autographed Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Box Certified Coa
Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
LeBron James Signed Autographed Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Box Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$163 Bids
Zion Williamson New Orleans Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
Oct 24, 7:00 PM EDT
Zion Williamson New Orleans Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Certified Coa
by Randy's Cabin Online Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$162 Bids
2019-20 Illusions Dana Barros Autograph
Oct 27, 7:00 PM EDT
2019-20 Illusions Dana Barros Autograph
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid
2017 Vertex Ozzie Newsom Autograph /99
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EDT
2017 Vertex Ozzie Newsom Autograph /99
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid
2020 Limited Matt Judon Autograph - 3/10
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EDT
2020 Limited Matt Judon Autograph - 3/10
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid
2018 Spectra Anthony Miller Autograph Patch Prizm
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EDT
2018 Spectra Anthony Miller Autograph Patch Prizm
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $20- $200
$51 Bid
2017 National Treasures John Ross III Autograph /25
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EDT
2017 National Treasures John Ross III Autograph /25
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid
2017 National Treasures John Ross III Autograph /99
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EDT
2017 National Treasures John Ross III Autograph /99
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid
2016 Contenders DeMarcus Robinson Autograph RC
Oct 31, 8:00 PM EDT
2016 Contenders DeMarcus Robinson Autograph RC
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid
2017-18 Optic Purvis Short Autograph Prizm
Nov 03, 7:00 PM EDT
2017-18 Optic Purvis Short Autograph Prizm
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Basketball Autographs


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