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Got $1,049 for a Tom Brady Autograph?

After 20 years with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady has found a new NFL home in Tampa after signing a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. With teams like the Oakland Raiders opting to sign Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans re-upping Ryan Tannehill, the demand for a soon-to-be 43-year-old quarterback didn’t appear too overwhelming. 

The demand, however, for the autograph of the sure-fire Hall-of-Fame quarterback is quite apparent, judging by the prices of a private signing he had last March.

Tom Brady’s legacy with the New England Patriots

With six Super Bowl titles and nine Super Bowl appearances, there is no question Tom Brady is the author of the NFL’s greatest resume as a player. 

A three-time league MVP and a 14-time Pro Bowler, Brady has been the backbone of the NFL’s latest dynasty.  He’s a proven team guy, often taking less money than other quarterbacks in order to help the Patriots strengthen other positions. During his career, Brady apparently sacrificed more than $60 million to help better the team.

Brady has led the league in touchdown passes on four occasions, once throwing for 50 during the 2007 season. In 2007, Brady also led the league in passing yardage with 4,806 yards. Two other times he led the league in passing, and one other time – in 2011 – he threw for 5,235 yards, which was second to Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints (5,476).

Brady was also named MVP of the Super Bowl four times.

Brady’s future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nobody knows what’s in store for Brady as he makes a late-career change with his signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady tested free agency for the first time in his career and made the difficult decision to leave the only place he’s ever called home to sign with the Buccaneers.

Yes, Brady will be 43 years old when the 2020 season begins, but he will also have a series of offensive weapons he didn’t have this past year in New England when he guided the Patriots to a 12-4 record. In New England, Brady had to play without All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, who retired before the season. At wide receiver, Brady had one proven, yet unhealthy, wide receiver in Julien Edelman. New England’s first-round selection, wide receiver N’Keal Harry, missed most of the season due to an injury as the  Patriots scrambled to fill his spot. They eventually traded a second-round pick for Mohamed Sanu.

In Tampa, Brady will be inheriting arguably one of the league’s top wide receiver tandems in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. In all six of his NFL seasons, Evans has finished with 1,000-plus receiving yards. Godwin, in his third season with the Buccaneers, had 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The Bucs also have a pair of solid tight ends in O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.

How much does it cost to get Brady’s autograph?

Tom Brady has certainly established himself as one of the greatest NFL players of all time and that is reflected in Brady’s interest in the sports memorabilia market.

Some Tom Brady football cards have recently sold for as much as $7,499 on eBay. His game-used memorabilia and other items are going for top dollar. Last March, Brady was doing a private signing in New Hampshire and the prices for his signature surely weren’t cheap.

New England Picture held the private signing with Brady, private meaning you couldn’t even meet him. Anything you wanted to be signed had to be mailed to the company as the public was not allowed to attend. The pricing began at $1,049 for a flat item (card or photo up to 11×14) and skyrocketed from there. For those of you keeping score, that’s more than $131 per letter.

Helmets and jerseys cost $1,099, while your original artwork or canvas would run you $2,199 for his signature.