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Horse Racing Memorabilia

Also known as “The Sport of Kings,” horse racing is one of the world’s oldest gaming endeavors, with an organized history dating back to early Greece and Asia. Its establishment as a professional sport actually began in 18th-century England, during the reign of Queen Anne.

The earliest horse racing memorabilia known to exist dates back to the 1700s, and scarce pieces like racing trophies and original artwork will command high prices on auction. For the average collector today, common investments can include racing cards, pin back buttons, glassware, photos, books, and periodicals. As a rule of thumb, sets and collections sell better, and choosing well-known horses, jockeys, or events is a beneficial investing tactic.

Unlike other sports, horse racing’s triple crowns tend to bring an ebb and tide to the collecting world. For a horse to win all three races is an outstanding accomplishment—a feat often seen only once every few decades. It’s typical for memorabilia sales to heighten considerably after a triple crown winner is announced, bringing forth a resurgence to the hobby and new generation of collectors.


Quick Facts

  • Collecting mint julep glasses from the Kentucky Derby is a popular endeavor, and the most difficult ones to locate are from the 1939 and 1940 events
  • The 1765 painting, “Gimcrack on Newmarket Health, With a Trainer, a Jockey and a Stable-Lad,” by famed equine artist George Stubbs sold for 35.9 million on a Christie’s auction in July 2011
  • Some believe that a race horse’s halter is the holy grail of collecting, and that owning one gets them closer to the horse than any other memorabilia

Recommended Items at Auction

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HORSE RACING. TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS
Jun 22, 11:00 AM EDT
HORSE RACING. TRIPLE CROWN WINNERS
by Freedom Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$505 Bids
1921 Horse Racing Yard Long Photograph - 10"T / 46"L
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
1921 Horse Racing Yard Long Photograph - 10"T / 46"L
by Swisher Bros. Auction
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
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Group of Florida Collectibles Horse Racing & Flamingo Day
Jun 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Group of Florida Collectibles Horse Racing & Flamingo Day
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$53 Bids
Showcase Equestrian Lot
Jul 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Showcase Equestrian Lot
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Fores's National Sports: Racing, Plate #3
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Fores's National Sports: Racing, Plate #3
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $20- $50
$100 Bids
VIRGINIA ASSOCIATED THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSE HOOF BOX
Jun 22, 9:00 AM EDT
VIRGINIA ASSOCIATED THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSE HOOF BOX
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Loterie Nationale / Grand Prix de Paris. 1966.
Jul 11, 11:00 AM EDT
Loterie Nationale / Grand Prix de Paris. 1966.
by Poster Auctions International Inc
Est: $1,400- $1,700
$1,2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Horse Racing Memorabilia


Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Copake Auction Inc.

Copake Auction Inc.

Poster Auctions International Inc

Poster Auctions International Inc

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates