Add another record to Tom Brady’s résumé. The former Patriots quarterback can now claim the most expensive football card ever sold, as one of his autographed rookie cards went for a record $1.32 million on Thursday on PWCC Marketplace.
The 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket is one of 100 in the world, with high grades on both the condition of the card and the signature. It was purchased by James Park, a card collector and longtime Brady fan.
“I lived in Boston for 10 years and so am a huge fan of Brady,” Park said in comments posted to PWCC Marketplace's Instagram account. “The last Super Bowl win was just a mind-blowing accomplishment. I’ve also had a love of collecting cards since I was a kid. Given Brady’s uncontested status as GOAT in football, this card is an important piece of sports history and of any collection and I’m incredibly excited to now own 1 of only 100 of Brady’s best rookie card.”
Another Brady rookie card from the same collection, graded to be in even better shape, sold for $400,100 just two years ago, a sign of how much the card market has exploded just in the last couple years.
According to ESPN, this sale shattered what was believed to be the previous record for a football card -- a 2017 National Treasures autographed Patrick Mahomes card, one of five in the world, that sold for $861,000 last month.
In January, another Brady card sold for $555,988, which was believed to be the record before Mahomes passed it. This new record also may not last long, as ESPN reports there is already a similar Brady card with a similar grade up for auction at Lelands auction house.