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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

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Rolex Wimbledon Championships tennis balls, autographed by Roger Federer, 2009
Dec 12, 4:00 PM CET
Rolex Wimbledon Championships tennis balls, autographed by Roger Federer, 2009
by Finarte
Est: €300- €600
€3001 Bid
Roger Federer - BNP Paribas Masters 2011
Dec 06, 2:30 PM CET
Roger Federer - BNP Paribas Masters 2011
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€9000 Bids
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ROGER FEDERER SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO (JSA COA)
Dec 02, 3:00 PM EST
ROGER FEDERER SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO (JSA COA)
by Activity Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$1500 Bids
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ROGER FEDERER & NOVAK DJOKOVIC DUAL SIGNED TENNIS MAGAZINE (BECKETT LOA)
Dec 02, 3:00 PM EST
ROGER FEDERER & NOVAK DJOKOVIC DUAL SIGNED TENNIS MAGAZINE (BECKETT LOA)
by Activity Auctions
Est: $1,200- $2,000
$4000 Bids
MCENROE JOHN: (1959- )
Nov 29, 12:00 PM CET
MCENROE JOHN: (1959- )
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
A PAIR OF CHANNEL CC TENNIS RACKETS WITH TWO BLACK CHANEL LEATHER CASES
Dec 07, 2:00 PM CET
A PAIR OF CHANNEL CC TENNIS RACKETS WITH TWO BLACK CHANEL LEATHER CASES
by Hermitage Fine Art
Est: €3,100- €3,300
€3,1000 Bids
Pair of vintage tennis rackets
Dec 12, 8:00 PM EST
Pair of vintage tennis rackets
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $40
$200 Bids
Vintage Spalding tennis racket with holder
Dec 12, 8:00 PM EST
Vintage Spalding tennis racket with holder
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $40
$150 Bids
Borg, Björn Rune (Stockholm, June 6, 1956) Tennis ball, signed
Dec 12, 11:00 AM CET
Borg, Björn Rune (Stockholm, June 6, 1956) Tennis ball, signed
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €150- €250
€600 Bids
Navrátilová, Martina (nata Šubertová, Řevnice, october 18, 1956) Tennis ball, signed
Dec 12, 11:00 AM CET
Navrátilová, Martina (nata Šubertová, Řevnice, october 18, 1956) Tennis ball, signed
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €150- €250
€600 Bids
Djokovic, Novak (Belgrade, May 22, 1987) Tennis ball, signed
Dec 12, 11:00 AM CET
Djokovic, Novak (Belgrade, May 22, 1987) Tennis ball, signed
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €150- €250
€600 Bids
Fognini, Fabio (Sanremo, 24 May 1987) Tennis ball, signed
Dec 12, 11:00 AM CET
Fognini, Fabio (Sanremo, 24 May 1987) Tennis ball, signed
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €100- €150
€500 Bids
Nadal, Rafael (Manacor, Spain , June 3, 1986) Tennis ball, signed
Dec 12, 11:00 AM CET
Nadal, Rafael (Manacor, Spain , June 3, 1986) Tennis ball, signed
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €150- €250
€600 Bids
Sterling trophy for 1st prize of tennis double in 1913
Dec 17, 2:00 PM PST
Sterling trophy for 1st prize of tennis double in 1913
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Serena Williams
Dec 04, 9:00 PM EST
2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Serena Williams
by Boston Sportscard Exchange
Est: $5- $50
$10 Bids

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