Tom Brady now breaks records when he does not even realize it belongs. In the wake of his Super Bowl title with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a seven-time champion sold a rookie card on Friday for a striking $ 2.25 million. It easily broke the record previously owned by – you guessed it – Tom Brady after a similar card sold for $ 1.32 million back in March. Before that, the record belonged to Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had a rookie card sold for $ 861,000 in February.
“It’s surreal, and it makes me want to check all my cards that I’ve saved again; there has to be a [more] in there somewhere, ”Brady said Michael Strahan during his recent performance of “Good Morning America.” “I kept all these cards for all these years.”
Brady added that when he first entered the league as a sixth-round draft pick for the New England Patriots, “my agent, Steve, was like [‘I’ve] got a trading card deal for you. Sign 1000 cards and they will pay you as 20 cents per. Map. ‘And I was like, ’20 cents a card, five, no matter what – I’m getting rich. This is incredible! ‘
“And 21 years later, you see these cards that are worth that kind of money. I should definitely have kept some of them – but whatever, I think it all worked out pretty well.”
The specific record card is a 2000 Rookie ticket to the Playoff Contenders Championship. The auto-made card is only one of 100 made. The former record holder, bought by Fitbit CEO James Park back in March, was rated at 8/10 in card quality and 10/10 for autogrh quality. The record breaker sold on Friday rated 8.5 and 9, respectively.
Given the rarity and value of these cards, Brady may be able to kick himself for not holding on to a major stash, but he probably won’t hurt money these days after making millions over the course of his legendary career. Also, the quarterback is jumping into the thriving NFT (non-fungal token) arena, so he will be able to move some other collectibles by himself there in the near future.