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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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A Jersey Marked Roosters, Size XL
May 21, 6:00 PM AEST
A Jersey Marked Roosters, Size XL
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1009 Bids
A Rugby Jersey, Size XL
May 21, 6:00 PM AEST
A Rugby Jersey, Size XL
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD406 Bids
A Shirt Marked Sydney Roosters, Size 5XL
May 21, 6:00 PM AEST
A Shirt Marked Sydney Roosters, Size 5XL
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD355 Bids
A Shirt Marked Crusaders, Size 4XL
May 21, 6:00 PM AEST
A Shirt Marked Crusaders, Size 4XL
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD305 Bids
A Jersey Marked Hurricanes, Size S
May 21, 6:00 PM AEST
A Jersey Marked Hurricanes, Size S
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD152 Bids
A Pair of Shorts & Hat Marked Broncos, Size 12
May 21, 6:00 PM AEST
A Pair of Shorts & Hat Marked Broncos, Size 12
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD252 Bids
A Kids Jersey Marked Panthers, Size 9/10
May 21, 6:00 PM AEST
A Kids Jersey Marked Panthers, Size 9/10
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD252 Bids
A Jersey Marked Crusaders, Size M
May 21, 6:00 PM AEST
A Jersey Marked Crusaders, Size M
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD151 Bid
Gymnastics costume, used in international competitions by Larisa Iordache
May 31, 12:00 PM EEST
Gymnastics costume, used in international competitions by Larisa Iordache
by A10 by Artmark
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sports Apparel - General


Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

A10 by Artmark

A10 by Artmark