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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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1996 Look Racing Bicycle
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
1996 Look Racing Bicycle
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Tyco TCR Electric Racing System
Nov 07, 10:00 AM CDT
Tyco TCR Electric Racing System
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $500
$151 Bid
Sport Poster Monaco Grand Prix 1934 Motor Racing Geo Ham
Nov 13, 2:00 PM GMT
Sport Poster Monaco Grand Prix 1934 Motor Racing Geo Ham
by Antikbar Original Vintage Posters
Est: £45- £90
£301 Bid
Antique Hubley Cast Iron Roadster Race Car
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Antique Hubley Cast Iron Roadster Race Car
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
SILVER BAR SET RACING CARS, 75 OZ SILVER w/ CASE
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
SILVER BAR SET RACING CARS, 75 OZ SILVER w/ CASE
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7501 Bid
Mario Andretti signed 10x8 picture during Formula 1 race. Good condition. All autographs come with a
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
Mario Andretti signed 10x8 picture during Formula 1 race. Good condition. All autographs come with a
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £16- £20
£161 Bid
Horse Racing Jockeys Tobacco Cards 1906 RARE
Nov 06, 12:30 PM EDT
Horse Racing Jockeys Tobacco Cards 1906 RARE
by Smith Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Horse Racing Scenes 48 Tobacco Card Set 1938
Nov 06, 12:30 PM EDT
Horse Racing Scenes 48 Tobacco Card Set 1938
by Smith Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon Advertising Horse Racing Beer Sign
Nov 14, 9:30 AM CST
Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon Advertising Horse Racing Beer Sign
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $150
$251 Bid
Antique Hubley Cast Iron Race Car
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Antique Hubley Cast Iron Race Car
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
GENTLEMAN'S VINTAGE LEJOUR RACING WATCH
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
GENTLEMAN'S VINTAGE LEJOUR RACING WATCH
by Sterling Vault Auctioneers
Est: £180- £220
£901 Bid
2019 Prizm Racing Jimmie Johnson Prizm /75
Oct 27, 7:00 PM EDT
2019 Prizm Racing Jimmie Johnson Prizm /75
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $20- $200
$50 Bids
Ernest Race (British 1913-1964) for Isokon Penguin Donkey Mark II, designed 1963
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
Ernest Race (British 1913-1964) for Isokon Penguin Donkey Mark II, designed 1963
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
2019 Prizm Racing Daniel Suarez Prizm
Nov 03, 7:00 PM EDT
2019 Prizm Racing Daniel Suarez Prizm
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $50- $200
$50 Bids
Peter O'Sulivan Hardback Book Calling the Horses A Racing Autobiography signed by the Author on
Oct 27, 6:00 PM BST
Peter O'Sulivan Hardback Book Calling the Horses A Racing Autobiography signed by the Author on
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £10- £14
£100 Bids
Kentucky Derby Glasses
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Kentucky Derby Glasses
by Caza Sikes
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
LARRY LEVOW, MARSHES SECRET RACES, PASTEL
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
LARRY LEVOW, MARSHES SECRET RACES, PASTEL
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $150- $250
$900 Bids
Original Bronze Sculpture Agile Wild Stallion Horse Race Black Marble Base Figurine Art
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
Original Bronze Sculpture Agile Wild Stallion Horse Race Black Marble Base Figurine Art
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $900- $1,200
$4500 Bids
French Racing Car Print
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
French Racing Car Print
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $75
$200 Bids
Pomona Road Race 1958 Award
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Pomona Road Race 1958 Award
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Columbia Racing Bicycle
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Columbia Racing Bicycle
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
Fuji Sports Racing Bicycle
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Fuji Sports Racing Bicycle
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $75- $125
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Horse Racing Memorabilia


Copake Auction Inc.

Copake Auction Inc.

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Smith Auction Company

Smith Auction Company