Serena Williams Cards and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Date of Birth: 9/29/1981
Rookie Card Year: 1999
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

Serena Williams has been one of the most dominant players in tennis for well over a decade. Alongside her sister Venus, she's also one of the most well-known players in the WTA. Despite her long time atop of the rankings, more than 50 tournament wins in singles and over 20 doubles championships, Serena Williams cards and memorabilia remain extremely affordable. Some might say undervalued.

Over the years, Serena Willliams has appeared in lots of sets, both mainstream and oddball. However, most of her cards are cheap, in part due to the lack of mainstream popularity of tennis cards. NetPro and Ace Authentic, the major tennis card makers as Williams was establishing her dominance, didn't help matters either with a surplus of sets. Some of these came with massive print runs given tennis' foothold in the hobby.

Compared to a lot of her peers, Serena Williams has autographed cards in only a handful of products. This should place a bit of a premium on those autographs that do exist.

Below are some highlights of key Serena Williams cards. Click on the links to shop for singles on eBay.

Top Serena Williams Cards

1999 Sports Illustrated for Kids Serena Williams #814

The first Serena Williams card came inserted in a 1999 issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids. Part of a sheet, it comes with perforated edges and is susceptible to damage. Given that it came out about four years before her first traditional card, this one is a bargain. It's also relatively tough to find.

1999 Sports Illustrated for Kids 814 Serena Williams

2003 NetPro Serena Williams #1

If you're looking for a traditional Serena Williams rookie card, 2003 NetPro Tennis delivered her first pack-inserted card. The horizontal card has a nice action shot. Williams also appears in the short-print portion of the set. This card has her with her racket held high and a smile on her face. And while it's a little tougher to find than the regular card, all 2003 NetPro Tennis cards remain cheap. There's also a glossy card that came in a special factory set. This card was limited to just 5,000 copies.

2003 NetPro Serena Williams 1

2003 NetPro International Series Serena Williams #2

Following the release of 2003 NetPro Tennis, International Series aimed to offer something more upscale with the inclusion of autographs and memorabilia cards. With much of the attention on those parts of the product, base cards are largely overlooked. Serena Williams appears on cards #2 and #82.

2003 NetPro International Series Court Authentic Autographs Serena Williams #2C #/500

As the first official Serena Williams autograph card, it's easy to understand its popularity. It's also one of very few cards signed by the tennis great. Once Ace Authentic started making cards, the only appeared on a couple of buybacks for the company. Williams also signed for Panini and Topps, but in very limited numbers.

2003 NetPro International Series Match-Worn Apparel Serena Williams #2B #/500

The first pack-inserted Serena Williams memorabilia card comes with a dual-window design. Numbered to 500 on the back, these cards can be found with both white and orange swatches.

2003 NetPro Elite Serena Williams #2

Distributed as a small factory set, 2003 NetPro Elite has a stated print run of 2,000 sets. Each came with 20 base cards and one Glossy parallel limited to 100 copies. Despite the small print run, this card remains extremely affordable.

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Autographs Serena Williams #SJW

As far as monetary value goes, this is the Serena Williams card to have. Allen & Ginter is wildly popular in baseball, with lots of collectors chasing master sets including all of the autographs. Every year it includes a selection of non-baseball "champions," including Williams in 2008. Besides the regular blue signature, there is a red ink parallel that's numbered to 10. Williams also appeared in the base set and on several different mini parallels.

Top eBay Listings

SERENA WILLIAMS MATCH WORN CARD COURT AUTHENTIC 2003 NETPRO TENNIS
$9.00

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter SERENA WILLIAMS mini from rip card red ink auto #2 10
$699.99

RARE 2003 NETPRO INTERNATIONAL SERENA WILLIAMS TENNIS ROOKIE CARD 500 MULTIPLES
$10.65

SERENA WILLIAMS 2003 NETPRO Card #1 ROOKIE RC BGS 9 MINT US OPEN CHAMP 2013 !!!
$13.99

2003 NETPRO COURT AUTHENTICS SERENA WILLIAMS AUTO RC #420 500
$225.00

2003 NetPro Serena Williams SP Rookie Card PGI 10 #100!
$15.99

SERENA WILLIAMS DIGITAL AUTHENTIC SCI CUT REPRINT SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH AUTO 1 1
$11.99

SERENA WILLIAMS ONLY 100 MADE 2003 NETPRO ELITE "GLOSSY" PARALLEL RC 1 OF 100
$9.95

STADION CARDS 2002 tennis #567 Serena Williams - USA, WTA Wimbledon US Open
$9.99

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter - Serena Williams BGS 10 Pristine - Beckett Graded
$49.99

25 2003 Netpro Serena Williams Rookie cards
$5.99

(100) SERENA WILLIAMS 2003 NetPro Event Edition #S4 LOT
$14.95

(100) SERENA WILLIAMS 2003 NetPro Photo Card #2 LOT
$14.95

2013 Tennis Plus Magazine Hors Serie #NNO SERENA WILLIAMS
$20.00

2003 Serena Williams Netpro Authentic Worn Apparel Rookie card Gem 10 #57 100
$64.99

2002 Serena Williams Legends Magazine Rookie Gem Mint 10
$19.99
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Autograph Guide

Serena Williams Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what maria Sharapova'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.

Serena Williams Cut Signature Exemplars

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Serena William Cut Signature

Serena William Cut Signature 3

Serena Williams Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Serena Williams 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. additionally, Serena's signature has varied over time making authentication difficult. Here are some characteristics to look for regardless of the item or time period in which she signed.

  1. The "S", regardless of the style written, is over-sized in comparison to the rest of the letters.
  2. The first letter "e" is legible and forming a closed loop.
  3. More often than not, the last letter "a" includes a flair coming off the end of the letter that resembles a backwards "c."
  4. The last name is usually absent.

Serena Williams Signed Tennis Ball

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Serena Williams Signed Tennis Ball

Serena Williams Signed Photograph

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Serena Williams signed Photo

Top eBay Listings

Serena Williams Signed 2013 W&S Open Official Player Card PSA DNA 1A Autographed
$124.99

Serena Williams Signed 2013 W&S Open Official Player Card PSA DNA 1B Autographed
$124.98

Serena Williams Signed 2012 W&S Open Official Player Card PSA DNA 1A Autographed
$124.99

Serena Williams Signed 2012 W&S Open Official Player Card PSA DNA 1B Autographed
$124.98

Serena Williams Signed 2012 W&S Open Official Player Card PSA DNA Autographed
$49.99

SERENA WILLIAMS Auto Autograph Signed 8X10 Photo Picture Tennis Wimbledon JSA
$99.99

USA SERENA WILLIAMS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED Penn Tennis Ball Exact PROOF JSA K12038
$89.99

Serena Williams Signed 8x10 Tennis Photo Autographed Auto USA PSA DNA COA b
$124.99

Venus & Serena Williams Dual Signed Framed 16x20 Photo Display JSA
$399.99

SERENA WILLIAMS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED AMERICAN TENNIS 11X14 PHOTO JSA #L31391
$149.00

Serena Williams Rare! signed tennis 8x10 photo PSA DNA cert PROOF!!
$135.00

Serena Williams signed Sports Illustrated Magazine! JSA Authenticated!
$59.99

Serena Williams Tennis Signed Auto 8x10 PHOTO PSA DNA COA
$99.99

Serena Williams Signed 2013 W&S Open Official Player Card PSA DNA Autographed
$124.99

Serena Williams Tennis Signed Auto 8x10 PHOTO JSA COA Certified
$149.99

Original Signed SERENA WILLIAMS Autographed Large Tennis Ball JSA
$99.99
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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