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Sports Apparel - General

For the casual sports fan or a serious collector alike, sports apparel is widely available for purchase in every sport. The keys to purchasing are determining which sports figures personally hold the most interest and deciding how much to spend. Regarding cost consideration, an authentic event-worn item will typically outprice non-worn, and signed will run higher than unsigned.

Early sports apparel focused more on functionality than fashion, and via social norms, women were typically restricted to long dresses and pant suits. Fibers were also limiting, with cotton and wool being the only choices in clothing design. But by the mid-20th century, chemists created synthetic fabrics, from polyester and nylon to spandex—allowing a new world of options in apparel design and utility. Women’s dresses eventually got shorter, and women’s shorts became acceptable on the fields and courts.

Rare finds in sports apparel include event-worn, signed jerseys and uniform pieces. More common are commemorative event clothing, official jerseys, hats, and replicated throwback clothing.


Quick Facts

  • A jersey worn by hockey Hall-of-Famer Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins auctioned in February 2015 for $119,500
  • A common debate is whether or not to wash a game-worn piece of clothing
  • In 2002, Christie’s of London sold a shirt worn by Pele in the 1970 World Cup for $220,850

Recommended Items at Auction

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Three pairs of assorted goggles marked Speedo, Zoggs & Engine
Oct 26, 6:00 PM AEDT
Three pairs of assorted goggles marked Speedo, Zoggs & Engine
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD303 Bids
A pair of swimming goggles marked Speedo, aquatic earplug & swimming cap
Oct 26, 6:00 PM AEDT
A pair of swimming goggles marked Speedo, aquatic earplug & swimming cap
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD253 Bids
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Lote compuesto por siete piezas de esquiar.
Oct 26, 4:30 PM CEST
Lote compuesto por siete piezas de esquiar.
by Arte Subastas Bilbao
Est: €0- €0
€801 Bid
Framed Jockey Silk
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Framed Jockey Silk
by Regency Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
6 PAIRS OF 19TH CENTURY ICE SKATES. 5 PAIRS WITH
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
6 PAIRS OF 19TH CENTURY ICE SKATES. 5 PAIRS WITH
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
VINTAGE LEATHER & METAL FENCING MASK ON STAND
Oct 29, 7:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE LEATHER & METAL FENCING MASK ON STAND
by Chamberlain Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $600
$2250 Bids
Vintage EKTELON racquetball 900 power level, glasses, 2 balls in original bag
Oct 26, 7:00 PM EDT
Vintage EKTELON racquetball 900 power level, glasses, 2 balls in original bag
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $80- $120
$200 Bids
3 Helmets
Oct 26, 2:00 PM EDT
3 Helmets
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$20 Bids
Leather Biker Chaps, Cap, Headbands & Bandana
Nov 05, 12:00 PM MST
Leather Biker Chaps, Cap, Headbands & Bandana
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Antique Les Berry Model Leicestershire C.C.C.England Cricket Bat, Paddle & Ball
Nov 27, 2:00 PM EST
Antique Les Berry Model Leicestershire C.C.C.England Cricket Bat, Paddle & Ball
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Vintage Yamaha Snowmobile Suit
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Yamaha Snowmobile Suit
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sports Apparel - General


Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

Omni Auction Corp

Omni Auction Corp

Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service