CSG Featured Card of the Month: 2003 NetPro #70 Rafael Nadal

Posted on 7/7/2022

The 36-year-old tennis star is going for his third Wimbledon title, which would bring his record number of Grand Slam men's singles titles to 23.

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Sport: Tennis

Set: 2003 NetPro

Card: #70 Rafael Nadal

What makes it special? This is the rookie card for Rafael Nadal, who as of June 2022 holds the record for Grand Slam men's singles championships at 22 titles. These titles include two Wimbledon, two Australian Open, four US Open and 14 French Open. The French Open has been played on a red clay surface for over a century, and Nadal's success there gave rise to his nickname, "The King of Clay."

Did you know? Nadal was born on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca on June 3, 1986. The left-hander has accumulated 209 weeks ranked No. 1 in the worldwide rankings, good enough for sixth place on the all-time list.

Total graded by CSG: There are 80 examples of this card (#70) in the CSG Population Report, as of early June 2022; there are 38 examples of a glossy variety (#G-70) in the same set with essentially the same design.

CSG median grade: CSG 8.5 for #70 and CSG 9 for #G-70

CSG highest graded: There are three examples of #70 and eight examples of #G-70 that are graded CSG Gem Mint 10

Sales highlights: An example of #70 graded CSG 8.5 sold in June 2022 for $30 through PWCC. An example of #G-70 graded CSG Gem Mint 10 sold in July 2022 for $264 through PWCC.

CSG Registry: This card is part of the 2003 NetPro category in the CSG Registry, which has seven competing sets. "2003 Netpro" by ThomasAA and "2003 NetPro" by NewEraCardz each have a CSG 9 example of #70. In addition, the top Rafael Nadal player set, "Rafael Nadal" by Spade1, has a CSG 9.5 example of #G-70.

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