A rookie card belonging to the NFL legend Tom Brady has been sold for $3.107 million, breaking the all-time record of the highest fee paid for a football card at an auction. The card – a 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph edition – broke the record at the Lelands Mid-Spring Classic Auction.
Interestingly, Brady set two previous records earlier this year. Back in April, another Championship Rookie Ticket was successfully sold at the same auction place for $2.25 million. Previously at PWCC Marketplace, an online auction house, yet another rookie card managed to earn a then-record $1.32 million.
Jordan Gilroy, director of acquisitions at Lelands, was ecstatic at the announcement of the record sale and termed the card as the Most Important Football Card in the World.
“Tom Brady is the GOAT and continues to break records both on and off the playing field. It’s only fitting that Brady has set another record for the most expensive football card ever sold in a public auction.”
The rookie card was not the only Brady memorabilia sold in the action. An NFL football with which he scored his first touchdown pass managed to fetch a handsome $428,842.
Tom Brady is widely regarded as the greatest ever-participant of the National Football League. The legendary quarterback started his professional career with the New England Patriots, winning the Super Bowl – also known as the Vince Lombardi Trophy – five times in the process. He left the team in 2019, after serving for two decades.
Since 2019, Brady (43) has been plying his trade for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, helping them to win the Super Bowl after beating Kansas City Chief. With this win, he also picked up his fifth Super Bowl MVP award and went on to extend a deal with the team during the off-season.
Brady has numerous records to his name, the highlights being the oldest player to be Super Bowl MVP and the sole NFL quarterback to make it to the All-Decade teams on two occasions (2000s and 2010s). As per Forbes, Brady’s earnings both on and off the pitch are close to $76 million.