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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

 

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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

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Rafael Nadal Signed Photograph

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Rafael Nadal Signed Photo

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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.

User Comments

  1. You’ve forgotten about the most sought after netpro cards. The 2003 Netpro Elite Glossy version. Cards are 1 of 100 made. Nadal RC #G19 and Federer RC #G3

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