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Horse Racing Memorabilia

Also known as “The Sport of Kings,” horse racing is one of the world’s oldest gaming endeavors, with an organized history dating back to early Greece and Asia. Its establishment as a professional sport actually began in 18th-century England, during the reign of Queen Anne.

The earliest horse racing memorabilia known to exist dates back to the 1700s, and scarce pieces like racing trophies and original artwork will command high prices on auction. For the average collector today, common investments can include racing cards, pin back buttons, glassware, photos, books, and periodicals. As a rule of thumb, sets and collections sell better, and choosing well-known horses, jockeys, or events is a beneficial investing tactic.

Unlike other sports, horse racing’s triple crowns tend to bring an ebb and tide to the collecting world. For a horse to win all three races is an outstanding accomplishment—a feat often seen only once every few decades. It’s typical for memorabilia sales to heighten considerably after a triple crown winner is announced, bringing forth a resurgence to the hobby and new generation of collectors.


Quick Facts

  • Collecting mint julep glasses from the Kentucky Derby is a popular endeavor, and the most difficult ones to locate are from the 1939 and 1940 events
  • The 1765 painting, “Gimcrack on Newmarket Health, With a Trainer, a Jockey and a Stable-Lad,” by famed equine artist George Stubbs sold for 35.9 million on a Christie’s auction in July 2011
  • Some believe that a race horse’s halter is the holy grail of collecting, and that owning one gets them closer to the horse than any other memorabilia

Recommended Items at Auction

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The Might & Power Racing Legend Sydney Turf Club horse rug, 165 x 165 cm
Feb 22, 1:00 PM AEDT
The Might & Power Racing Legend Sydney Turf Club horse rug, 165 x 165 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD402 Bids
Coney Island, New York Horse Racing and Amusement Park Admission Badges, ND (c.1890 to 1910)
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Coney Island, New York Horse Racing and Amusement Park Admission Badges, ND (c.1890 to 1910)
by Archives International Auctions, LLC
Est: $180- $350
$101 Bid
A 'Richie and Taberer' white-metal racehorse badge,
Feb 22, 10:00 AM GMT
A 'Richie and Taberer' white-metal racehorse badge,
by Sworders
Est: £100- £200
£800 Bids
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Lot of 7 Jockey Photos
Feb 25, 1:00 PM PST
Lot of 7 Jockey Photos
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $5- $300
$50 Bids
[HORSERACING]. Group of 26 Trade Cards or Labels Featuring ...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[HORSERACING]. Group of 26 Trade Cards or Labels Featuring ...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A collection of N. Moraitis owned winning horseracing memorabilia
Feb 22, 1:00 PM AEDT
A collection of N. Moraitis owned winning horseracing memorabilia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD50- AUD70
AUD100 Bids
Antique Leather Bound Riding Crop With Hidden Weapon And Horn Handle
Feb 24, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Leather Bound Riding Crop With Hidden Weapon And Horn Handle
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Three small framed Might & Power photographs, 23 x 15 cm
Feb 22, 1:00 PM AEDT
Three small framed Might & Power photographs, 23 x 15 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD100 Bids
EARLY HORSE RACING
Feb 25, 10:00 AM EST
EARLY HORSE RACING
by Raynor's Historical Collectible Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Signed - Cammie Papineau 1998 Jockeys' Guild Autographed Card - ASG Certified
Feb 24, 9:45 AM CST
Signed - Cammie Papineau 1998 Jockeys' Guild Autographed Card - ASG Certified
by Sports Collectibles
Est: $10- $40
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Horse Racing Memorabilia


Lawsons

Lawsons

Sworders

Sworders

Archives International Auctions, LLC

Archives International Auctions, LLC

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.