Tennis: Signed Serena rookie card sold for record price at auction

The autographed Serena Williams rookie card fetched US$44,280 at an auction.
The autographed Serena Williams rookie card fetched US$44,280 at an auction.PHOTO: GOLDIN AUCTIONS/TWITTER

(REUTERS) - An autographed Serena Williams rookie card printed in 2003 has become the most expensive women's sports card after fetching US$44,280 (S$59, 650) at an auction last weekend, New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions said.

The previous record was US$34,440 for a rookie card of former US football 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 June.