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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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MITCHELL & NESS COA SIGNED MICHAEL JORDAN JERSEY
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
MITCHELL & NESS COA SIGNED MICHAEL JORDAN JERSEY
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $600- $1,000
$2609 Bids
Large LeBron James Funko Pop #97
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
Large LeBron James Funko Pop #97
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$558 Bids
Autographed Shaquille O’Neal Lakers Jersey
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
Autographed Shaquille O’Neal Lakers Jersey
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$704 Bids
2019 Panini National Treasures Patch & Auto Terance Mann Horizontal Card #149 PSA Mint 9
Apr 23, 8:00 AM PDT
2019 Panini National Treasures Patch & Auto Terance Mann Horizontal Card #149 PSA Mint 9
by BK Auctions
Est: $950- $1,150
$453 Bids
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Michael Jordan autographed "Signature Series" porcelain trading card (in set and original box).
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Michael Jordan autographed "Signature Series" porcelain trading card (in set and original box).
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$6002 Bids
(9) High Grade Modern Basketball Rookie Autos
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
(9) High Grade Modern Basketball Rookie Autos
by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$102 Bids
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Michael Jordan autographed limited edition "Fore!...Five" animation cel (UDA).
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Michael Jordan autographed limited edition "Fore!...Five" animation cel (UDA).
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$4502 Bids
Sam Stith NY Knicks Autographed Basketball/Photo
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
Sam Stith NY Knicks Autographed Basketball/Photo
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$602 Bids
Mark Price Rookie And Auto Card
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
Mark Price Rookie And Auto Card
by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$102 Bids
1977 Topps Robert Parish Rookie Auto Psa Dna
Apr 22, 2:00 PM EDT
1977 Topps Robert Parish Rookie Auto Psa Dna
by Saco River Auction
Est: $100- $200
$102 Bids
2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $500- $5,000
$2501 Bid
DUKE UNIVERSITY AUTOGRAPHED BASKETBALL, CIRCA 1986 TO 1989
Apr 30, 10:00 AM EDT
DUKE UNIVERSITY AUTOGRAPHED BASKETBALL, CIRCA 1986 TO 1989
by Potomack Company
Est: $150- $300
$701 Bid
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Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird autographed "NBA Legends" basketball.
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird autographed "NBA Legends" basketball.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$1,0001 Bid
LARRY BIRD SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO W/COA
Apr 25, 11:00 AM EDT
LARRY BIRD SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO W/COA
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$101 Bid
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LeBron James autographed McDonald's All-American jersey.
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
LeBron James autographed McDonald's All-American jersey.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$5001 Bid
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2004 United States Olympic Team signed limited edition basketball.
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
2004 United States Olympic Team signed limited edition basketball.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$3501 Bid
Autographed Trae Young Funko Gold W/ COA
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
Autographed Trae Young Funko Gold W/ COA
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell autographed basketball.
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell autographed basketball.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$5001 Bid
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Kobe Bryant autographed Los Angeles Lakers jersey.
May 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Kobe Bryant autographed Los Angeles Lakers jersey.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$5001 Bid
BILL WALTON & YAOMING SIGNED CARD 4/5
May 02, 11:00 AM EDT
BILL WALTON & YAOMING SIGNED CARD 4/5
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $250- $400
$101 Bid
Authentic Panini Kevin Durant "Back 2 Back" Custom Framed LE Autograph *35/135*
Apr 23, 9:00 PM EDT
Authentic Panini Kevin Durant "Back 2 Back" Custom Framed LE Autograph *35/135*
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$1,0000 Bids
Authentic Panini Kevin Durant "Team USA x 3" Custom Framed LE Autograph *2/107*
Apr 23, 9:00 PM EDT
Authentic Panini Kevin Durant "Team USA x 3" Custom Framed LE Autograph *2/107*
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,800- $2,200
$1,4000 Bids

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