Kris Vigue, the owner, says that he knew he was special. “I thought, ‘he is going to be a Grand Slam Champion for years to come.’
Carlos Alcaraz, 18 years old, shocked the tennis world at the 2021 US Open when he defeated third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 5-6 in a tiebreaker. Alcaraz was the future world No. Alcaraz was a major champion and the world’s No. 1.
One person saw that moment and decided to bring back NetPro tennis trading cards, a product that had been out of the market for almost 20 years.
NetPro produces some of today’s most highly sought-after cards. A graded Serena Williams autographed apparel card from the 2003 International series was sold for $266,000. This is a record-breaking price for a card featuring a female athlete. One year prior, a Roger Federer autographed, graded apparel card, numbered 25, sold for $181,000. Collectors have also seen good returns on their investment in rookie cards from 2003 Glossy sets featuring Serena Williams, Federer, and Rafael Nadal.
After his dreams of a professional baseball career had ended, Kris assumed the role of managing NetPro’s product distribution. He traveled to many international locations and met clients from all over the world. One thing stood out in his interactions with them: they were passionate about tennis.
“For this reason, you do not see several cards in the past 20 years. tells baseline that it’s pretty different from other sets. “Those who repurchased these sets in 2003 were not tennis fans. They wanted lovely photography and their favorite player on the cards, so they tucked them away.
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This tucking away was also extended to the business side. The 2003 sets included cards featuring Roger and Rafa Williams, Anna Kournikova, and Juan Carlos Ferrero. However, it is essential to recognize the value of licensing products that feature all of these names.
Because there are many players to approach, finding the right agency for everyone is difficult. The fee for licensing the player’s name or likeness can be negotiated back and forth for many months. Before the design phase can begin, photos must be approved by an agent. Insert cards featuring match-used memorabilia require additional layout and time consideration. The printing process is more than just a PDF. Many steps involve foil laminating, mounting, and laser cutting the final product.
It isn’t easy to start a project like this. It wasn’t the right time to bring it back over the years, and we almost vanished. shares that the last year was a “full steam ahead” with the hope of getting things back on track.
Vigue’s desire to relaunch NetPro transformed into an exclusive format for player releases. It was crucial to determine who the player release format would be. Carlitos was also there, as well as the US Open. Alcaraz and the aura surrounding him caught the American off guard in what was to function as the Year of the Teen at Flushing Meadows. Alcaraz had finally found his “ace.”
“I had no idea. says he wasn’t on the radar or something like that. When I do this, I feel almost like a Scout. While looking for their physical skills, it is mainly about the intangibles. They can carry it. Carlos was something special when I first saw him. Carlos has had an amazing start to his career, and I thought, “He’s going to be the Grand Slam champion for many years to come.”
reached out to him after that epiphany. He was already working with Alcaraz’s management team to ink a deal by February. A deal was made two months later. Both sides chose images from Alcaraz’s European solid clay-court swing and sent them off to be cut. Nine versions, including four base rookie cards and three signed apparel rookie cards, were produced. Two autographed rookie cards were also made. Alcaraz was on tour and needed to print the cards. This was his biggest challenge.
explained that the printer had 60 million cards in production, despite the lingering effects of the pandemic. and his wife traveled from France to Mason, Ohio, to complete the final puzzle piece. Alcaraz signed 600 cards in between Southern Open and Western Open commitments. Alcaraz even chose one of the limitless collections to take as a gift.
believed he was ready for sales when the online shop went live the following week. underestimated the demand.
NetPro’s website crashed in 15 minutes. This forced a small business owner to purchase a new server and host quickly. The first card to offer was the “retro” version autographed jersey card, limited to 50 cards (paying tribute to 2003) at $3,000. Despite users questioning the pricing structure, almost 1500 orders were placed within the first 72 hours.
says, “To do something similar is extremely expensive.” Although I know that it was controversial for some, I felt that the market would be able to absorb it. They’ll be incredible long-term buys if Carlos does even a fraction of what we believe he can.
carefully reviews each order and packs it by hand, which has required him to work 16-18 hours per day to deliver the orders on time. Alcaraz is back in round three of the US Open. Twelve months later, he is the No. He is a three-seed and ready for a Grand Slam victory against Jenson Brooksby, a rising unseeded talent.
is thankful for the chance to work with the budding star in such a personal venture.
“Carlos doesn’t seem to have lost his innocence and love for the game and all it brings. He is so mature,” he says. Carlos’s time during the signings of on-card cards solidified my belief that he will achieve all his goals on and off the court. It was a recognition working together with him and being able to contribute my tiny piece of tennis history.”