Loading Spinner

Racing Memorabilia

The evolution of auto racing closely parallels that of the automobile in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As technology advanced, racing cars exceeded their consumer counterparts in design, speed, and handling—a definitive crossover point after which many racing types emerged.

In 1906, the first Grand Prix was held in France, and in 1911, the United States held the first Indianapolis 500. Other historic racing firsts include the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1923, the Monaco Grand Prix in 1929, and the NASCAR Daytona 500 in 1959. Across the world, the International Automotive Federation (FIA) is the governing body for much of auto racing, although many organizations exist depending on country of origin and race type.

The earliest known racing memorabilia dates back to the 20th century, when organized races and championships began. Early event-based items are typically quite valuable, including racing trophies, original programs, pit badges, and race-worn gear such as racing boots and helmets. Common-interest modern collectibles include Hot Wheels die-cast models, race cards, and helmet replicas. Event-based collecting, series collecting, and choosing well-known drivers are beneficial tactics to accumulating a valuable collection of racing memorabilia.


Quick Facts

  • The first official auto race in the United States, called the “American Car Race,” was held on Thanksgiving Day in 1895. Six cars competed in a 54-mile course running from Chicago to Evanston, Illinois and back
  • A rare trophy from the 1903 Empire City Race in Yonkers, New York surfaced at an Oklahoma estate sale and was purchased by a Massachusetts auto parts dealer. It was notably returned to the East Coast where it originated
  • The Triple Crown of Motorsport includes the Indianapolis 500, the Monaco Grand Prix, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Graham Hill is the only racer in history to have finished all three

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

1956 Monaco Grand Prix Race Poster
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
1956 Monaco Grand Prix Race Poster
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$1505 Bids
1952 LeMans Photograph of Ferrari #16 Signed by Driver
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
1952 LeMans Photograph of Ferrari #16 Signed by Driver
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$1254 Bids
Framed Print of Tom Petty LOT 1182
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
Framed Print of Tom Petty LOT 1182
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Misc. Nascar Cards & #8 Nascar Die-Cast Car
Dec 03, 9:00 AM PST
Misc. Nascar Cards & #8 Nascar Die-Cast Car
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Auto Racing Photo Album Mercedes
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
Auto Racing Photo Album Mercedes
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$753 Bids
bp parity badge
Lot of Race Car Trading Cards
Dec 07, 5:30 PM CST
Lot of Race Car Trading Cards
by Hampton's Auction, Collectibles, & Retail, LLC
Est: $3- $10
$32 Bids
2022 Chronicles Nascar Sealed Blaster Box
Dec 05, 5:00 PM EST
2022 Chronicles Nascar Sealed Blaster Box
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$152 Bids
bp parity badge
Lot of Nascar Trading Cards
Dec 07, 5:30 PM CST
Lot of Nascar Trading Cards
by Hampton's Auction, Collectibles, & Retail, LLC
Est: $10- $30
$112 Bids
1920's Uniontown, Pa. Board Track Auto Race Photograph
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
1920's Uniontown, Pa. Board Track Auto Race Photograph
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$2002 Bids
3-Ken Butler (one-legged) Crash Drivers Show Posters
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
3-Ken Butler (one-legged) Crash Drivers Show Posters
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$502 Bids
1939 HELLS HALF ACRE TROPHY CLYDE MOORE MOTOR CO.
Dec 07, 9:00 AM EST
1939 HELLS HALF ACRE TROPHY CLYDE MOORE MOTOR CO.
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $120- $200
$402 Bids
#8 & #36 Nascar Diecast Cars
Dec 03, 9:00 AM PST
#8 & #36 Nascar Diecast Cars
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Arnolt-Bristol Sebrin 1956 Photo Album
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
Arnolt-Bristol Sebrin 1956 Photo Album
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
bp parity badge
1999 Racing Champions Nascar Introduction Set
Dec 07, 5:30 PM CST
1999 Racing Champions Nascar Introduction Set
by Hampton's Auction, Collectibles, & Retail, LLC
Est: $30- $50
$101 Bid
bp parity badge
12x Vintage Breeders Cup Horse Race Trading Cards
Dec 07, 5:30 PM CST
12x Vintage Breeders Cup Horse Race Trading Cards
by Hampton's Auction, Collectibles, & Retail, LLC
Est: $5- $10
$21 Bid
4-Photo Albums of Old Cars and Racing
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
4-Photo Albums of Old Cars and Racing
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Large Box Lot of Photographs & 1965 Indy 500 Press Kit
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
Large Box Lot of Photographs & 1965 Indy 500 Press Kit
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Los Angeles Motor Drome Inaugural Meet April 8-17 1910 Plaque
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
Los Angeles Motor Drome Inaugural Meet April 8-17 1910 Plaque
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
1932 Monaco Grand Prix Race by Falcucci
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
1932 Monaco Grand Prix Race by Falcucci
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
1966 ADAC 1000-km-Rennen Race Poster
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
1966 ADAC 1000-km-Rennen Race Poster
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
3-Ken Butler (one-legged) Crash Drivers Show Posters
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
3-Ken Butler (one-legged) Crash Drivers Show Posters
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
3-Ken Butler (one-legged) Crash Drivers Show Posters
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
3-Ken Butler (one-legged) Crash Drivers Show Posters
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
3-Different Daredevils & Stock Car Posters
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
3-Different Daredevils & Stock Car Posters
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Mercedes Benz Grand Prix of France 1954 Finish 1-2 Poster
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
Mercedes Benz Grand Prix of France 1954 Finish 1-2 Poster
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Racing Memorabilia


Matthews Auctions, LLC

Matthews Auctions, LLC

Chaucer Auctions

Chaucer Auctions

Aste Bolaffi

Aste Bolaffi

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer