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

 

Top eBay Listings

RAFAEL NADAL SPAIN 2003 NETPRO ELITE EVENT EDITION ROOKIE RC # E27 GRADED 10 @@
$16.00

2008 Spotlight Tribute Wimbledon Final #NNO ROGER FEDERER RAFAEL NADAL
$5.00

2008 Centre Court Wimbledon #NNO ROGER FEDERER RAFAEL NADAL 10
$50.00

2011 Ace Authentic Bjorn Borg-Rafael Nadal Dual Memorabilia Booklet!! # 30 59
$12.50

(25) 2010 Sports Illustrated SI for Kids #502 RAFAEL NADAL Tennis Cards
$19.99

2007 Ace Authentic All England Championships #EC-1 Rafael Nadal Tennis Card 6x0
$15.25

2008 Ace Authentic Matchpoint Contenders Jerseys Memorabilia C2 Rafael Nadal 6x0
$10.25

2013 Ace Grand Slam Autograph Rafael Nadal #14 15
$159.00

(100) RAFAEL NADAL 2003 NetPro ELITE #E27 Tennis LOT
$14.95

(100) RAFAEL NADAL 2003 NetPro Photo Card #27 Tennis Rookie RC LOT
$29.95

2009 Ace Game Set Match-Used Jersey Silver #GS7 ROGER FEDERER RAFAEL NADAL 59
$80.00

2009 Ace Game Set Match-Used Jersey Gold #GS7 ROGER FEDERER RAFAEL NADAL 29
$120.00

2010 Ace Authentic Aces Dual Autographs #NNO ROGER FEDERER RAFAEL NADAL 25
$500.00

Ace Authentic Rafael Nadal 500 jersey swatch relic tennis
$17.99

Ace Authentic Rafael Nadal auto autograph signature
$189.99

Ace Authentic Rafael Nadal 500 jersey swatch relic tennis
$14.99
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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

Rafael Nadal Signature Exemplar

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

Rafael Nadal Signed Tennis Ball

Rafael Nadal Signed Photograph

Active Listings for Rafael Nadal Signed Photographs

Rafael Nadal Signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Rafael Nadal Tennis Signed Auto 8x10 PHOTO PSA DNA COA
$249.99

RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED FRENCH OPEN 11X14 PHOTO JSA COA
$174.95

RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED TENNIS BALL GRAND SLAM WIMBLEDON JSA COA
$174.95

RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTO 11X14 PHOTO TENNIS ATP WIMBLEDON FRENCH OPEN JSA N25566
$179.95

RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTO 11X14 PHOTO TENNIS ATP WIMBLEDON FRENCH OPEN JSA N25564
$179.95

RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTO 11X14 PHOTO TENNIS ATP WIMBLEDON FRENCH OPEN JSA N25563
$179.95

Rafael Nadal JSA BGS Multi-Signed Full Signature Autograph Nike Postcard RARE
$129.99

Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 Photo Exact PROOF JSA K03506
$99.99

Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED Penn Tennis Ball Exact PROOF JSA M46946
$99.99

Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 Photo Exact PROOF JSA M46918
$99.99

Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED Penn Tennis Ball Exact PROOF JSA M46941
$99.99

Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 Photo Exact PROOF JSA M46923
$99.99

Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 Photo Exact PROOF JSA M46919
$99.99

Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED Penn Tennis Ball Exact PROOF JSA M46947
$99.99

Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 Photo Exact PROOF JSA M46920
$99.99

Spain RAFAEL NADAL SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED Penn Tennis Ball Exact PROOF JSA M46942
$99.99
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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.

Rafael Nadal Logo HatRafael Nadal Bandana

 

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

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