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Signed Serena rookie card sold for record price at auction

Signed Serena rookie card sold for record price at auction
Serena Williams seen here during her third-round match against Danielle Rose Collins of the US at the French Open on Jun 4. (File photo: Reuters/Benoit Tessier)

An autographed Serena Williams rookie card printed in 2003 has become the most expensive women's sports card after fetching US$44,280 at auction last weekend, New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions said.

The previous record was US$34,440 for a rookie card of former US soccer player Mia Hamm sold in June.

ESPN reported the Williams card was bought by alternative-asset trading platform Alt on behalf of a private client.

"People are accepting women's trading cards as collectables," ESPN quoted Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin as saying.

The 40-year-old Williams, who is still hunting a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, has not competed since limping out of her first-round match at Wimbledon in August.

Source: Reuters

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