Rookie Card Year: 2003
Investment Rating: 6.5
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 #7 Autograph #/100
- 2005 Ace Authentic Signature Series Signature Moments #SM5 Autograph
- 2005 Ace Authentic Signature Series Court Kings #CK4 Shirt #/250
- 2005 Ace Authentic Signature Series Court Kings #CK4 Jersey Logo 1/1
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 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.
- Signature consists of two characters, neither of which are discernible as actual letters.
- 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.
- The second character, or "N" more closely resembles a number "2."
Rafael Nadal Signed Tennis Ball
Rafael Nadal Signed Photograph
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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