After 21 NFL seasons, there still is no such thing as a quiet offseason for Tom Brady.
Still, Brady is finding new ways to make NFL history even when he’s not playing. Just ask James Park, who spent over $1 million on a trading card featuring Brady.
Tom Brady’s rookie card just sold for over $1.3 million
James Park and Tom Brady have found a way to create history together.
Park, a trading card collector and devoted fan of Brady, bought the quarterback’s rookie card for a record-setting $1.32 million in an online auction.
According to ESPN, the card was part of the 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket collection and received an eight with a 10 grading on its signature.
ESPN posted comments that Park made about the purchase on Instagram.
“I lived in Boston for 10 years and so am a huge fan of Brady. 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.”
Park’s purchase marks yet another victory for Tom Brady over Patrick Mahomes. A rookie card of Mahomes, the Chiefs’ star quarterback, sold for $861,000 in February.
Brady’s rookie cards have been selling at a high price lately
If you have money to burn, why not spend it on a Tom Brady rookie card?
A Brady rookie card sold for nearly $556,000 in January, not long before the Buccaneers played in and won Super Bowl 55. Two years ago, another Brady card from the 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket collection sold for over $400,000.
For comparison, the NFL rookie minimum in 2020 was $610,000, according to Pro Football Network.
Tom Brady still has nothing on Luka Dončić
Tom Brady’s trading cards might be making history, but they’re nothing compared to those featuring Dallas Mavericks star Luka Dončić.
According to CBS Sports, a Dončić rookie card from Panini from 2018 recently went for $4.6 million. Given what Dončić has done so far in his career, one should expect the prices for rare variants of his rookie card to keep climbing in the years to come.
As for Brady, he may have a chance to make NFL history again soon. ESPN reported that Lelands, an auction house, has the same Brady card up for auction.
That card, though, is graded an 8.5, slightly higher than the 8 on this card. However, the signature there is only graded a 9, lower than the perfect score on the card that Park bought.
These are the benefits of life when people have money to play with and can risk a million here or there.