Tom Brady rookie card sells for $2.25M, setting new record

Chris Cwik
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady isn't just the GOAT of the NFL, he's also the GOAT of NFL cards. A Brady rookie card sold for a record $2.25 million during an auction Friday, according to ESPN.

Before you start digging through your old football cards to see if you have a couple million lying around, know this wasn't your average Brady rookie card. The card was autographed by Brady and was part of a limited set. Only 100 of these cards, which is a 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket, were made. The card that sold for the $2.25 million was card No. 99 in the set.

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Even if you have that particular card, you might not fetch nearly as much on the open market. The record-breaking card received an 8.5 grade and a 9 grade on Brady's autograph, which helped raise the price. Lower grades on either figure may have prevented the card from breaking the previous record, which was also set by a Brady card.

Tom Brady keeps setting card records

Prior to Friday's sale, Brady already held the record for the most expensive football card ever sold. In March, an autographed Brady rookie card sold for $1.32 million. Before that, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes held the record for most expensive football card sold.

Given the rate at which card prices are moving, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Brady top this record before 2021 is over. The all-time record for most expensive sports card ever sold belongs to Mickey Mantle. A 1952 card of Mantle once sold for $5.2 million.

Brady has a way to go before he reaches that figure, but winning another Super Bowl could get him significantly closer to Mantle. 

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