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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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Vintage Landhaus Naturally Goat Suede Hunting Vest, XL
Dec 06, 9:00 AM EST
Vintage Landhaus Naturally Goat Suede Hunting Vest, XL
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Eros Capecchi - Team Movistar - Stagione 2014
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Eros Capecchi - Team Movistar - Stagione 2014
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €75- €100
€250 Bids
Francesco Casagrande (attribuita) - Team Mercatone Uno - Maglia bianca 1993
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Francesco Casagrande (attribuita) - Team Mercatone Uno - Maglia bianca 1993
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €100- €150
€500 Bids
Simone Borgheresi - Team Mercatone Uno - Stagione 2002
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Simone Borgheresi - Team Mercatone Uno - Stagione 2002
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €350- €500
€2500 Bids
Marco Pantani - Team Mercatone Uno - Stagione 2002
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Marco Pantani - Team Mercatone Uno - Stagione 2002
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €2,000- €2,500
€1,0000 Bids
Lanerossi vicenza - Thermomaglia - Anni '50
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Lanerossi vicenza - Thermomaglia - Anni '50
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €100- €200
€500 Bids
Giorgio Chinaglia - New York Cosmos - 1981
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Giorgio Chinaglia - New York Cosmos - 1981
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €2,000- €2,500
€1,5000 Bids
Paolo Pulici (attribuita) - Torino F.C. – Stagione 1973-1974
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Paolo Pulici (attribuita) - Torino F.C. – Stagione 1973-1974
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €7,500- €10,000
€5,0000 Bids
Englischer Kendo-(Stockkampf) oder Kolbenturnier-Helm des späten 19. Jahrhunderts
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Englischer Kendo-(Stockkampf) oder Kolbenturnier-Helm des späten 19. Jahrhunderts
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €0- €0
€4500 Bids
(3) Pairs of NOS clamp-on ice skates
Dec 16, 9:00 AM EST
(3) Pairs of NOS clamp-on ice skates
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $2,000
$250 Bids
S.S.C. Napoli - Anni '70
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
S.S.C. Napoli - Anni '70
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €500- €750
€3500 Bids
2 pairs of early leather and metal ice skates
Dec 04, 11:30 PM EST
2 pairs of early leather and metal ice skates
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $150- $175
$1000 Bids
John Deere Tractor Warmup Jersey "Woodburn"
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
John Deere Tractor Warmup Jersey "Woodburn"
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Taco Van Der Hoorn - Team Jumbo Visma - Stagione 2019
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Taco Van Der Hoorn - Team Jumbo Visma - Stagione 2019
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €200- €250
€500 Bids
Alexander Kristoff (attribuiti) - UAE Team Emirates - Stagione 2018
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Alexander Kristoff (attribuiti) - UAE Team Emirates - Stagione 2018
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €75- €100
€250 Bids
Marco Pantani - Mercatone Uno - Stagione 1999
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Marco Pantani - Mercatone Uno - Stagione 1999
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €3,000- €3,500
€2,4000 Bids
Maglia rosa - Giro d'Italia - 2001
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Maglia rosa - Giro d'Italia - 2001
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €75- €100
€500 Bids
Enrico Battaglin - Team Katusha Alpecin - 2019
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Enrico Battaglin - Team Katusha Alpecin - 2019
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €350- €500
€1000 Bids
Giovanni Visconti - Team Vini Zabù - 2020
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Giovanni Visconti - Team Vini Zabù - 2020
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €250- €350
€1500 Bids
Lotto Maglie anni 2000
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Lotto Maglie anni 2000
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €100- €150
€500 Bids
Lotto maglie - 2003/2009
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Lotto maglie - 2003/2009
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €800- €1,200
€5000 Bids
S.S.C. Napoli
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
S.S.C. Napoli
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €350- €500
€2500 Bids
Marco Baroni - S.S.C. Napoli
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Marco Baroni - S.S.C. Napoli
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €800- €1,250
€4000 Bids
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Rollerball "Team Houston" Helmet from Rollerball (United Artists, 1975). Vintag
Dec 17, 11:00 AM CST
Rollerball "Team Houston" Helmet from Rollerball (United Artists, 1975). Vintag
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $4,800- $7,200
$3,4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sports Apparel - General


Aste Bolaffi

Aste Bolaffi

Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Matthews Auctions, LLC

Matthews Auctions, LLC