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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

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(#'d /49) 2020-21 Donruss Red Laser Rated Rookie Auto Payton Pritchard RC
Dec 02, 9:00 PM EST
(#'d /49) 2020-21 Donruss Red Laser Rated Rookie Auto Payton Pritchard RC
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$176 Bids
1982 National Championship UNC Team Signed Basketball Michael Jordan
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
1982 National Championship UNC Team Signed Basketball Michael Jordan
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$215 Bids
2017-18 Panini Spectra Spud Webb Prizm Auto 2/25
Dec 07, 8:00 PM EST
2017-18 Panini Spectra Spud Webb Prizm Auto 2/25
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$153 Bids
NCAA Basketball Signed John Havlicek
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
NCAA Basketball Signed John Havlicek
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
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(#'d /149) 2020-21 Court Kings RC Fresh Paint Auto Aaron Nesmith Rookie
Dec 02, 9:00 PM EST
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Est: $5- $50
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2009-10 Upper Deck Signature Collection Auto Shannon Brown
Dec 02, 9:00 PM EST
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by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
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1988 Fleer Larry Bird Signed Card Beckett Coa
Dec 05, 5:00 PM EST
1988 Fleer Larry Bird Signed Card Beckett Coa
by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$252 Bids
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1995-96 Michael Jordan autographed Chicago Bulls professional model home jersey (Direct Provenance).
Dec 12, 11:00 AM EST
1995-96 Michael Jordan autographed Chicago Bulls professional model home jersey (Direct Provenance).
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $25,000- $50,000
$1752 Bids
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KOBE BRYANT 2016-17 PANINI THREADS AUTO #19 (PSA 8)
Dec 02, 3:00 PM EST
KOBE BRYANT 2016-17 PANINI THREADS AUTO #19 (PSA 8)
by Activity Auctions
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$7002 Bids
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Bill Russell autographed 1957 Topps rookie card (PSA/DNA 9 Auto grade).
Dec 12, 11:00 AM EST
Bill Russell autographed 1957 Topps rookie card (PSA/DNA 9 Auto grade).
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $15,000- $30,000
$6002 Bids
SIGNED Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 8" x 10" Color Photo w/ COA Framed
Dec 12, 6:00 PM EST
SIGNED Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 8" x 10" Color Photo w/ COA Framed
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR AUTOGRAPH
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Est: $100- $300
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2021-22 Panini Rookie Ticket Auto Usman Garuba RC
Dec 02, 9:00 PM EST
2021-22 Panini Rookie Ticket Auto Usman Garuba RC
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$11 Bid
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Patrick Ewing Autographed Jersey
Dec 11, 9:30 AM EST
Patrick Ewing Autographed Jersey
by Madison Square Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
1991-92 Ud Mcdonalds Magic Johnson Auto
Dec 05, 5:00 PM EST
1991-92 Ud Mcdonalds Magic Johnson Auto
by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$51 Bid
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Michael Jordan autographed basketball with hand painted likeness.
Dec 12, 11:00 AM EST
Michael Jordan autographed basketball with hand painted likeness.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$1001 Bid
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2002 NBA All-Star Game autographed basketball - (21) signatures incl. Jordan and Kobe.
Dec 12, 11:00 AM EST
2002 NBA All-Star Game autographed basketball - (21) signatures incl. Jordan and Kobe.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $5,000- $10,000
$2001 Bid
Roy Williams Autographed UNC Signed Nike Basketball
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Roy Williams Autographed UNC Signed Nike Basketball
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$51 Bid
2021-22 Donruss Signature Series Auto Darius Bazley
Dec 04, 9:00 PM EST
2021-22 Donruss Signature Series Auto Darius Bazley
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$11 Bid
JOE DUMARS SIGNED DETROIT PISTONS JERSEY W/COA
Dec 06, 11:00 AM EST
JOE DUMARS SIGNED DETROIT PISTONS JERSEY W/COA
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$101 Bid
2019-20 Panini Opulence Gary Harris Auto City of Gold 58/79
Dec 28, 9:00 PM EST
2019-20 Panini Opulence Gary Harris Auto City of Gold 58/79
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $250- $750
$51 Bid
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Lot of (10) 1970 Bill Russell autographed personal checks (PSA/DNA) (EX-NM)
Dec 12, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of (10) 1970 Bill Russell autographed personal checks (PSA/DNA) (EX-NM)
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$1001 Bid
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1964 Bill Russell twice autographed personal check (PSA NM 7)
Dec 12, 11:00 AM EST
1964 Bill Russell twice autographed personal check (PSA NM 7)
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$501 Bid
Dwight Howard Autographed Basketball - Beckett Certified
Dec 28, 9:00 PM EST
Dwight Howard Autographed Basketball - Beckett Certified
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$51 Bid

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