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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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Michael Jordan Autographed 8” X 10” Photograph
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Michael Jordan Autographed 8” X 10” Photograph
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$3259 Bids
KOBE BRYANT SIGNED #24 LAKERS JERSEY
Feb 29, 11:00 AM EST
KOBE BRYANT SIGNED #24 LAKERS JERSEY
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$2508 Bids
MICHAEL JORDAN SIGNED #23 TUNE SQUAD JERSEY W/COA
Feb 29, 11:00 AM EST
MICHAEL JORDAN SIGNED #23 TUNE SQUAD JERSEY W/COA
by Silver City Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1107 Bids
Julius "Dr. J" Erving Signed (Beckett) Vtg
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Julius "Dr. J" Erving Signed (Beckett) Vtg
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
Michael Jordan Autographed Photo W/ COA
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Michael Jordan Autographed Photo W/ COA
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$356 Bids
JULIUS ERVING AUTOGRAPH NOTE CARD-JSA
Feb 29, 11:00 AM EST
JULIUS ERVING AUTOGRAPH NOTE CARD-JSA
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $25- $50
$205 Bids
Autographed Michael Jordan Photo WITH COA
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Autographed Michael Jordan Photo WITH COA
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
Larry Bird Autographed 8” X 10” Photograph
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Larry Bird Autographed 8” X 10” Photograph
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
Julius Erving Autographed 8 x 10 with COA
Mar 10, 7:00 PM EST
Julius Erving Autographed 8 x 10 with COA
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$113 Bids
Victor Wembanyama San Antonio Spurs Autographed
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Victor Wembanyama San Antonio Spurs Autographed
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
2017-18 PRESTIGE LAURI MARKKANEN AUTO RC
Mar 07, 9:00 PM EST
2017-18 PRESTIGE LAURI MARKKANEN AUTO RC
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $10- $100
$72 Bids
2022-23 PANINI PRIZM PENMANSHIP RYAN ROLLINS PRIZM AUTOGRAPH
Feb 29, 8:00 PM EST
2022-23 PANINI PRIZM PENMANSHIP RYAN ROLLINS PRIZM AUTOGRAPH
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $1- $10
$22 Bids
2019 Prizm Mosaic Karl Malone Auto
Mar 18, 2:00 PM EDT
2019 Prizm Mosaic Karl Malone Auto
by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$102 Bids
2007-08 UD NBA Chronology Auto Jack Sikma
Mar 01, 9:00 PM EST
2007-08 UD NBA Chronology Auto Jack Sikma
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $100
$22 Bids
2021-22 PANINI PRIZM PURVIS SHORT PENMANSIP AUTOGRAPH
Feb 29, 8:00 PM EST
2021-22 PANINI PRIZM PURVIS SHORT PENMANSIP AUTOGRAPH
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $1- $10
$22 Bids
2021-22 PANINI PRIZM DANIEL THEIS PENMANSIP AUTOGRAPH
Feb 29, 8:00 PM EST
2021-22 PANINI PRIZM DANIEL THEIS PENMANSIP AUTOGRAPH
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $1- $10
$22 Bids
Autographed LeBron James Funko Pop #02 W COA
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Autographed LeBron James Funko Pop #02 W COA
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$352 Bids
Large Autographed LeBron James Funko Pop #97 w COA
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Large Autographed LeBron James Funko Pop #97 w COA
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Autographed Giannis Antetokounmpo Funko Pop W COA
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Autographed Giannis Antetokounmpo Funko Pop W COA
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
Autographed Kevin Durant Funko Pop #134 W COA
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Autographed Kevin Durant Funko Pop #134 W COA
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
2011 PANINI ELVIN HAYES AUTOGRAPH
Mar 05, 6:00 PM EST
2011 PANINI ELVIN HAYES AUTOGRAPH
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $1- $10
$22 Bids
2019-20 PANINI ILLUSIONS DERON WILLIAMS AUTOGRAPH
Mar 05, 6:00 PM EST
2019-20 PANINI ILLUSIONS DERON WILLIAMS AUTOGRAPH
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $1- $10
$32 Bids
2020-21 PANINI HOOPS DOUG MCDERMOTT AUTOGRAPH
Mar 05, 6:00 PM EST
2020-21 PANINI HOOPS DOUG MCDERMOTT AUTOGRAPH
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $1- $10
$22 Bids
2020 PANINI DONRUSS SIGNITURE SERIES BOB LOVE AUTO
Mar 05, 6:00 PM EST
2020 PANINI DONRUSS SIGNITURE SERIES BOB LOVE AUTO
by Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.
Est: $1- $10
$32 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Basketball Autographs


Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

Gem-Mint Auctions, LLC.

R & R Auction INC

R & R Auction INC

Activity Auctions

Activity Auctions

Saco River Auction

Saco River Auction