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Tennis Memorabilia

Modern tennis is believed to have been first played by Franciscan monks in the 11th or 12th century, although roots of the sport may have extended as far back as ancient Egypt. Also called “jeu de paume” or “game of the palm,” tennis grew in popularity across England during the 16th century, gaining equipment and rule sets by the 1800s. Today, millions of people play tennis worldwide, and some of the most elite earn their way to the Grand Slam tournaments.

The earliest known tennis memorabilia dates back to the 19th century, with wooden rackets, original art, and awards considered rare and highly prized. More easily available to collectors include programs, ticket stubs, autographs, tennis balls, posters, trading cards, apparel, and periodicals. Of particular interest to some are old tennis ball cans made of metal, paper, or cardboard.


Quick Facts

  • A racket used by Bjorn Borg during his 1981 Wimbledon final versus John McEnroe sold on a 2007 Christie’s auction for $26,638
  • The International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island. Each summer, the museum holds a Hall of Fame induction ceremony, giving fans the opportunity to meet tennis stars and get autographs
  • Beginning in 2012, the U.S. Open has sold authenticated, game-used tennis balls at the tournament, using the MeiGray Group for authentication services. Match-point balls are put up for auction on the U.S. Open’s website

Recommended Items at Auction

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Chanel CC Sportsline Tennis Racquet W/ Case
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Chanel CC Sportsline Tennis Racquet W/ Case
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $0- $1
$251 Bid
CHOPARD, HERMES, BULGARI
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
CHOPARD, HERMES, BULGARI
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €80- €160
€101 Bid
1923 Men's Tennis Team Photo
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
1923 Men's Tennis Team Photo
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$100 Bids
2 Siegermünzen Tennisturniere 1933 - 2 silver winners medals tennis match 1933
Mar 03, 9:30 AM CET
2 Siegermünzen Tennisturniere 1933 - 2 silver winners medals tennis match 1933
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
[TENNIS]. “R. D. Sears Champion American Lawn Tennis Player...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[TENNIS]. “R. D. Sears Champion American Lawn Tennis Player...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Wendy Turnbull DOUBLE SIGNED autographed Magazine Tennis Legend
Mar 15, 9:00 AM EDT
Wendy Turnbull DOUBLE SIGNED autographed Magazine Tennis Legend
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $100- $200
$60 Bids
[TENNIS]. Group of Four Trade Cards or Labels. [V.p., ca. 1...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[TENNIS]. Group of Four Trade Cards or Labels. [V.p., ca. 1...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
Sheridan G. Snyder 2009 Tennis Association Hall of Fame Trophy
Feb 28, 5:00 PM EST
Sheridan G. Snyder 2009 Tennis Association Hall of Fame Trophy
by Absolute Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
BORG BJORN: (1956- )
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
BORG BJORN: (1956- )
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €80- €120
€800 Bids
FEDERER ROGER: (1981- )
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
FEDERER ROGER: (1981- )
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
NADAL RAFAEL: (1986- )
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
NADAL RAFAEL: (1986- )
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €80- €100
€800 Bids
DJOKOVIC NOVAK: (1987- )
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
DJOKOVIC NOVAK: (1987- )
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €80- €120
€800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Tennis Memorabilia


International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.

International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.

Chaucer Auctions

Chaucer Auctions

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.

Figlio Designs LLC

Figlio Designs LLC