Serena Williams is considered one of the best tennis players of all time despite the fact that she has not yet achieved the much dreamed and pursued Grand Slam record. She first became world number one on July 8, 2002 and held this position for a grand total of 319 weeks.
Serena has won 73 WTA singles titles in her career: 23 of these are Grand Slam events, making her the second player ever to have won more majors in this specialty behind only Margaret Smith Court, with 24.
She has completed the Virtual Grand Slam in the two years 2002-2003 and 2014-2015, while she won the gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012 against Maria Sharapova. With a prize pool of over $ 90 million, she is the highest-earning player in the history of the sport.
And speaking of money, this week it was revealed that a 2003 rookie card from Williams was being auctioned for $ 44,280.
Serena Williams’ rookie card record sale of $ 44,000!
That score is the highest ever for any women’s sports card, beating the previous record of $ 34,440 for a 1993 footballer Mia Hamm rookie card. According to ESPN, Williams’ autographed card was obtained from Alt, an alternative asset trading platform, on behalf of a private client.
Ken Goldin, executive chairman and founder of Goldin Auctions, said: “People hold women’s trading cards as collectibles. We have seen it gradually increase over the past three years, with a sharp increase in the second half of 2020 through 2021. On message boards and on social media, I see people looking for women’s sports cards.
The effect you have with Serena is that there are a lot of people putting the GOAT collections together. They want Pele, Ali, Jordan, Tiger, Brady … and include Serena. I think it’s the one biggest impact that is raising her cards above all other athletes.”
We have to recall that Serena Williams shuld come back on the court at the beginning of 2022, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.