Rookie Card Year: 2005
Investment Rating: 5.5
Maria Sharapova's rapid rise to stardom has been based on much more than her model good looks. Over her career thus far, the former top-ranked WTA player has won approximately four matches for every loss. She has three Grand Slam titles to her credit. With her photogenic presence, Sharapova has gained glamorous endorsement deals with several major companies. With her engaging personality and dedication to charitable causes, Maria Sharapova cards and memorabilia are favorites among tennis fans.
Sharapova has just two rookie cards, both from 2005 Ace Authentic products. However, she has had hundreds of other cards released in ensuing years including dozens of autographs and memorabilia cards. Other popular collectibles are signed copies of the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition that she appeared in, as well as signed tennis balls and color 8x10 photos, particularly those from her championship at Wimbledon in 2004.
Maria Sharapova Rookie Cards
Fresh off her win at Wimbledon the previous year, newcomer Ace Authentic took the 2005 National Sports Collectors Convention by storm with 2005 Ace Authentic Debut Edition. Featuring, the seemingly always smiling Sharapova in a post-match victory celebration, this is Sharapova's most iconic and memorable rookie card.
Later in 2005, Ace Authentic featured a higher-end product that had Sharapova's other rookie card. This time she is depicted in dual actions shots: a color foreground photo and a smaller black and white inset. The color contrast makes for a very attractive card.
Early Maria Sharapova Autograph and Memorabilia Cards
- 2005 Ace Authentic Debut Edition Autographs #1 #/100
- 2005 Ace Authentic Signature Series Autographs #4 #/100
- 2005 Ace Authentic Signature Series Signature Moments Autographs #SM6 #/50
- 2005 Ace Authentic Special Edition Dress #J1 Match-Worn Dress #/300
- 2008 Ace Authentic Match Point #D2 Dual Match-Worn Dress, with Billie Jean King
Maria Sharapova 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.
Maria Sharapova Cut Signature Exemplar
Maria Sharapova Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Maria Sharapova 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.
- Signature is signed on a light upward angle.
- The signature is defined by the letter "M."
- What looks like a closed loop cursive letter "l" follows.
- A small squiggle connects another deep leaning letter "l" like character that serves as the side or what looks like am over-sized "O."
Maria Sharapova Signed Tennis Ball
Maria Sharapova Signed Photograph
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