Rafael Nadal Tennis Cards, Rookie Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Rafael Nadal

Date of Birth: 6/3/1986
Rookie Card Year: 2003
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Rafael Nadal is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all-time. The Spaniard, who spent time as the world's number one player, has won more that a dozen Grand Slam titles. He is only the second male player to complete the Career Golden Slam (winner of the four grand slams and the Olympic Gold Medal). Andre Agassi is the only other player to achieve this. The rivalry that has developed between Nadal and Roger Federer is widely considered one of the best in sports. And while tennis isn't the hottest sport in the hobby, Rafael Nadal cards and memorabilia still have a solid following.

Nadal has three rookie cards from 2003 NetPro Tennis products. His 2003 NetPro is the most popular rookie. It features a young Nadal resting mid-match. His close-cropped hair is a stark contrast to the flowing mane contained by the signature bandanna he is known for today. This card is very affordable card, even in high-grade condition. His on-court achievements and enthusiastic personality make him a fan favorite and his trading cards and autographs top sellers in the niche sport.

Rafael Nadal Tennis Card Guide

Early Autograph and Memorabilia Cards

2005 Ace Authentic Signature Series Court Kings Rafael Nadal Image

 

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LOt (92) 2003 Netpro Rafael Nadal Rookies ALL Numbered out of 2000 Tennis CARD
$149.95
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2013 Ace Authentic Grand Slam #BARN1 Rafael Nadal 5 auto tennis star unique
$299.00
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2007 Ace Authentic Rafael Nadal Authentic Jersey #AC-5 *37118
$8.99
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Ace Authentic Rafael Nadal Center Court Royalty GOLD foil 25 auto autograph
$149.99
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RAFAEL NADAL BGS 9 ROOKIE CARD 2003 NETPRO #70 MINT RC
$9.99
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Rafael Nadal RC - Shine Rookie - GOLD PARALLEL - Serial #3 5 - RARE
$8.99
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Ace Authentic Rafael Nadal 2005 Signature Moments jersey swatch card tennis
$14.99
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Ace Authentic Rafael Nadal 2007 All england championships Jersey
$14.99
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Ace Authentic Rafael Nadal Center Court Royalty Rare GOLD 3 25 auto autograph
$117.99
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RAFAEL NADAL HAND SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ACE AUTHENTIC TRADING CARD
$49.99
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2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Rare Copy Crafted Promo From Munnatawket Rafael Nadal
$8.00
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Ace Authentic Rafael Nadal Special French Open jersey, patch card 48 59 RARE
$21.99
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Ace Authentic Rafael Nadal Special Wimbledon jersey patch 59 card RARE
$21.99
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2003 Netpro #70 Rafael Nadal BGS 9.5
$23.26
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RAFAEL NADAL HAND SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED ACE AUTHENTIC TRADING CARD
$49.99
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Rafael Nadal 2007 Ace ALL ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS Swatch Fabric Match-Worn EC-1
$59.25
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Autograph Guide

Rafael Nadal Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Rafael Nadal's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Ace Authentic and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Rafael Nadal Cut Signature Exemplar

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Rafael Nadal Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Rafael Nadal signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Tennis player's signatures typically vary depending on the item signed. The most significant difference being present on tennis balls which are notoriously difficult to sign as compared to flat items.

  1. Signature consists of two characters, neither of which are discernible as actual letters.
  2. The first character. or "R" includes an elongated loop on a 50 degree angle that extends into a fish-hook like line with a slight curve at the end.
  3. The second character, or "N" more closely resembles a number "2."

Rafael Nadal Signed Tennis Ball

Active Listings for Rafael Nadal Signed Tennis Balls

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Rafael Nadal Signed Photograph

Active Listings for Rafael Nadal Signed Photographs

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RAFAEL NADAL Signed 12x18" Photo #1 PSA DNA - Backhand
$229.99
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RAFAEL NADAL Signed 12x18" Photo #2 PSA DNA - Big Backhand
$229.99
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RAFAEL NADAL Signed 12x18" Photo #3 PSA DNA
$229.99
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RAFAEL NADAL Signed TENNIS Magazine PSA DNA 9 08
$149.99
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RAFAEL NADAL Signed TENNIS VIEW Magazine PSA DNA Summer 2010
$149.99
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Rafael Nadal JSA DNA BGS Signed Auto Autograph Slabbed Nike Post Card Postcard
$149.99
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Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Signed Custom Framed 8x10 Photo Auto JSA Certified
$499.99
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RAFAEL NADAL MENS TENNIS GRAND SLAM CHAMPION HAND SIGNED 11X14 JSA COA F09741
$199.99
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Rafael Nadal Tennis Signed Auto 11x14 PHOTO JSA Certified COA
$119.99
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Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 Photo Exact PROOF JSA K03505
$124.99
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Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED Penn Tennis Ball Exact PROOF JSA K03516
$99.99
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Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED Penn Tennis Ball Exact PROOF JSA K03515
$99.99
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Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 Photo Exact PROOF JSA K03506
$124.99
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Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED Penn Tennis Ball Exact PROOF JSA K03511
$99.99
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Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 Photo Exact PROOF JSA K03507
$124.99
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RAFAEL NADAL HOT! *NEW* SIGNED 11X14 PHOTO NIKE TENNIS AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA CERT!
$225.00
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Apparel Guide

Rafael Nadal Apparel and Equipment Guide

Rafael Nadal's sponsorship and apparel deal with Nike, means that fans and collectors have a wide array of choices when it comes to purchasing authentic Rafael Nadal clothing and accessories. From his signature logo hats to his famous bandana the Nadal collection by Nike has something for everyone.

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