This weekend’s big game is another one for the records, and Tom Brady’s share of the attention is off the charts. It’s hard to imagine that Brady wouldn’t get so much attention if you have followed his career. So far, Brady’s career has landed him in about three-quarters of his seasons in the Championship game under the New England Patriots. That has led to seven Super Bowl appearances, 5 of which he won, with the last comeback being the greatest one on record. Brady also holds the record for the number of postseason victories of all NFL quarterbacks.
The business of sports collectibles, including cards, game-worn uniforms, autographs and other memorabilia has grown over the years. Would it be any shock at all that Brady’s rookie cards, signed footballs and helmets, and game-worn jerseys have sold at prices that may seem off the charts?
The interest in Brady football cards and sports collectibles is actually nothing new. Nor is it new that the prices of his collectibles have been fetching such high prices. Still, the prices being paid now, and even in late 2017 when it was unclear if New England was heading to the big game, are literally stunning for some collectors.
As a reminder to all sports collectors who seek premium items at premium prices: focus on authenticated items and items from known sellers with proper paperwork will greatly lower the odds of buying fakes, counterfeits and even stolen goods. And if you are buying any of these items at the premiums being seen now, caveat emptor!
We have tracked some of the top items, seen for sale and for auction, that have been sold. We also have looked at some of the available items today. Here is just a sample of some of the premiums being paid now and that have been paid in recent months for Brady’s rookie cards, game-worn jerseys, signed balls and helmets, and so on.
On January 28, 2017, a 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady card (10/100) Jersey Number graded by Beckett sold in an eBay auction for a sum of $63,800. And there were 17 bids. Also on the same date, a 2000 Playoff Contenders ROOKIE TICKET #144 Tom Brady RC autographed card graded 9.5 by Beckett sold for $54,209 after 46 bids. And on January 17, 2018, a 2000 Playoff Contenders ROOKIE TICKET #144 Tom Brady Patriots Rookie autographed PSA 9 card sold for $35,409 after 92 bids.
Even in June of 2017, Heritage Auctions had a 2000 SP Authentic Tom Brady (#895/1,250) #118 Beckett graded by Pristine 10 by Beckett sell for $26,400 after 13 bids. Heritage also had a 2012 Tom Brady game-worn Patriots jersey sell for $26,290 after seven bids in an auction back in 2014.
And game-worn jersey sales have not been high only in recent months. A 2011 game-worn Tom Brady jersey in a 2011 victory over the Dallas Cowboys sold at Hunt Auctions back in 2012 for $46,000.
Goldin Auctions previously sold a 2000 Tom Brady Game Used New England Patriots Home Jersey (MEARS) for $19,200 after 23 bids. The auctioneering company also sold a 2009 Tom Brady Game Used New England Patriots Throwback Road Jersey that was worn on October 11, 2009, and certified for a sum of $28,560 after 21 bids.
Brady’s SP Authentic set of 1,250 cards is one of the top rookie Brady cards on the market. The PSA CardFacts site shows that the variations of the PSA 10 (Gem Mint) cards have sold throughout late 2017 and the first month of 2018 on eBay, Heritage and Mile High Card Company in the past three months for prices more or less between $14,000 and $17,000. The PSA population report shows a total of 516 total graded cards of this particular card, with 99 listed as Gem Mint (10), followed by 276 graded 9 mint and another 115 graded 8 (near mint to mint).
If you just have to have a 2000 Ultra “Masterpiece Edition” Tom Brady Card, graded PSA 8 and counted as only one of one ever, you can jump in and pay $500,000 — or try your luck and see what price will really be accepted in the “Make Offer” effort.
For those seeking Brady autographs on helmets, footballs, jerseys and framed items, the Fanatics website has a trove of items from TRISTAR. Just be prepared to pay $1,000 to $2,000 or even higher for an item.
Again, caveat emptor!