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Bobby Riggs Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

BOBBY RIGGS
Born: February 25, 1918 in Los Angeles, California
Died: October 25, 1995 in Leucadia, California
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Robert Larimore "Bobby" Riggs, born on February 25, 1918, in Los Angeles, California, was an acclaimed American tennis player who became one of the top professional players during the 1940s. Riggs was known not only for his prowess on the tennis court but also for his charisma and controversial challenges in the world of tennis.

In his early career, Riggs displayed impressive dominance, winning Wimbledon in both singles and doubles in 1939. The same year, he secured the U.S. Championship, now known as the U.S. Open, making him the world's top-ranked player. Throughout the 1940s, Riggs maintained a formidable presence in professional tennis, with his strategic style of play, often outwitting rather than overpowering his opponents.

After his initial retirement, Riggs remained an active figure in the tennis community, although his subsequent endeavors became more notable for their promotional nature. In 1973, at the age of 55, Riggs instigated one of the most publicized events in tennis history, the "Battle of the Sexes." He challenged the then-current women's world number one, Billie Jean King, in a match. Boasting that even at his age, he could beat any top female player, Riggs's challenge was a theatrical affair, complete with considerable media attention and spectacle. However, King emerged victorious in the match, which became emblematic of the era's evolving gender dynamics and the ongoing struggle for equality in sports and other sectors.
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  • BOBBY RIGGS - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 209167
    BOBBY RIGGS - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 209167
    Tennis champ turned hustler faced Billy Jean King in "Battle of the Sexes" Signature: "Bobby Riggs", 5x3 card with ornate margin. Bobby Riggs (1918-1995) won the US Open Tennis Championship twice and Wimbledon once as an amateur (1939, 1941).

    Price: $100.00

  • BOBBY RIGGS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 72183
    BOBBY RIGGS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 72183
    Tennis champ turned hustler faced Billy Jean King in "Battle of the Sexes" Photograph signed: "Bobby Riggs". B/w, 8x10. Bobby Riggs (1918-1995) won the US Open Tennis Championship twice and Wimbledon once as an amateur (1939, 1941).

    Price: $160.00

  • BOBBY RIGGS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 181642
    BOBBY RIGGS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 181642
    Tennis champ turned hustler faced Billy Jean King in "Battle of the Sexes" Photograph signed: "Bobby Riggs". B/w, 8x10. Bobby Riggs (1918-1995) won the US Open Tennis Championship twice and Wimbledon once as an amateur (1939, 1941).

    Price: $160.00

  • BOBBY RIGGS - POST CARD SIGNED CIRCA 1942 - HFSID 275201
    BOBBY RIGGS - POST CARD SIGNED CIRCA 1942 - HFSID 275201
    His pro tennis bid delayed by World War II, Riggs signs for a collector. Postcard signed: "Sincerely yours/Bobby Riggs", 5½x3¼. Postal card with imprinted 1-cent stamp, postmarked New York, N.Y.

    Price: $140.00

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