Novak Djokovic has just won Wimbledon, defeating Rafael Nadal to claim the prize. By entry into the Championship final, the Serbian also assumes the #1 overall ranking in Men’s tennis.
It has been quite the ascent for Novak, a colorful on court presence often called the “Joker.’ And much like when Tiger Woods rose to golf super stardom in a very shot amount of time, Djokovic has very few trading cards to be divided among the faithful. In fact, there is such a small population of Joker cards made that there are currently only 27 entries in the card section of ebay, the largest venue for Djokovic cards anywhere.
Of those 27 listings, three are autographed tennis balls.
Despite the occasional Broder, or unlicensed homemade card that will assuredly pop-up soon like they did for young golf champ Rory McIlvaine, the only real long term value potential todayt seems to be the card issues from 2006 Ace Authentic, the leader in tennis collectibles.
Among that group, the ‘true’ rookie card for Djokovic (pictured herein) is the 2006 Ace Grand Slam, Center Court Stars Autographs #2.
We’ll try and get a production number from Ace but it can’t be many. The investment opportunity is clear with a population of cards this low. The Joker just has to keep on winning and increasing buying demand.