Category Archives: Tennis

11 Serena Williams tennis cards worth checking out

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Serena Williams Cards - 2003 NetPro Autographed Memorabilia

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Serena Williams is a tennis legend. Serena Williams tennis cards, on the other hand, make hardly a blip on the hobby radar. Tennis doesn’t have the widespread appeal of baseball, football or even soccer and golf. And that’s unfortunate because there have been some important players in the sport in the last 20 years.

Because of tennis’ fringe appeal in the world of collecting, there actually aren’t a ton of Serena Williams cards out there. Of those, many are in products that had limited distribution. She also hasn’t been a regular signer for those products that are put out.

For some, this might be seen as an opportunity. For legends in other sports, there is a daunting amount of product out there to chase. For Serena Williams cards, there aren’t.

The 2015 Sports Illustrated Sports Person of the Year has transcended the sport, spending much of her professional career as the top-ranked woman’s player in the world. She’s won all four of the sport’s majors except the French Open six times. She’s won at Roland-Garros only three times. Williams is also a four-time gold medalist at the Olympics (one for singles and three for doubles). More than that, she has become a mainstream celebrity, appearing in movies, commercials and all the surrounding publicity.

When it comes to the best and most important Serena Williams cards, we’ve narrowed the field down to 11 to watch for.

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2015 Epoch IPTL Tennis features top autographs, some key debuts

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2015 Epoch IPTL Tennis Autographed Memorabilia Serena Williams

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

All of a sudden there’s a fair bit of action in the tennis side of the hobby. After going a couple of years without a major release, 2015 Epoch IPTL Tennis is one of two products released around the same time. It joins 2015 Leaf Ultimate Tennis.

Rather than traditional packs and boxes, 2015 Epoch IPTL Tennis is going the premium factory set route. For starters, there’s a 36-card base set. Hobby sets have either an autograph or an autographed memorabilia card to go with a basic relic. Retail sets the same base set and a Retail Foil Signature card.

Some of the game’s biggest names like Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal all have cards and autographs in the product. There are also several early card from some of the sport’s young standouts.

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Introducing … the game-used wallet?

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Game-usedWallet

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

“What’s in your wallet?” has a very different meaning now.

Thanks to Berkeley, Calif.-based Tokens & Icons, there is a whole new line of game-used memorabilia out there with the practical in mind for the sports collector with everything from stadium seats to game-used jerseys making their way into high-end everyday objects that can be used.

Or should we save them to be collected?

Either way, the creativity from the company goes far beyond the $150 Alabama Crimson Tide game-used football jersey wallet seen above — in fact,¬†Tokens & Icons is producing items for MLB, the NHL, selected college football and basketball teams, golf, tennis, the PGA Tour, vintage arenas and even the famed horse-racing venue Churchill Downs.

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