Tom Brady’s Autographed Rookie Card Sells for $1.23 Million at Auction
A 2000 Championship Contenders rookie card autographed by Tom Brady sold for $1.23 million at an online auction over the weekend.
Numbered 99/100, this rookie card is one of the highest quality specimens to come to market, with only seven other cards ranked higher, according to Lelends, who handled the sale.
The card was offered as one of the top lots in The MINT25 Auction, a sale of 25 iconic sports artifacts conducted by Lelends, a New Jersey-based sports memorabilia and card auction house, in conjunction with The Mint Collective. .
He had a starting bid of US$250,000 at the month-long auction that ran through Saturday. With 30 bids, the final price was pushed to $1.23 million. But it still hasn’t reached its pre-sale estimate of between US$1.5 and US$2 million.
The auction house refused to disclose the identity of the seller and the buyer.
There were mixed reports last weekend of Brady, 44, retiring after 22 years in the National Football League. The future Hall of Famer has yet to release an official statement, and his father denied to TMZ that his son called him a career.
Considered one of the greatest players in NFL history, the seven-time Super Bowl champion spent his first 20 seasons with the New England Patriots and is currently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Additionally, a pair of Nike Air Jordan I sneakers worn by Michael Jordan in a fateful game in 1985, during his second season with the Chicago Bulls, sold for US$422,000 at auction.
“Having a direct provenance for such a historic item always results in a paid premium, and that’s exactly what you get here with these amazing game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers,” says Jordan Gilroy, Director of Acquisitions at Lelands.
Jordan wore the Nike Air Jordan I sneakers on November 5, 1985 during a game against the Golden State Warriors when he broke his left foot, sidelining him for six months.
At that time, the sneakers were offered directly to the sender’s father, a friend of Jordan’s, and they remained in his family’s possession until that sale, according to Lelands.
The red and white shoes feature a black Nike “Swoosh” emblem on each side and black laces. The left shoe is size 13, while the right shoe is size 13 ½.
The most expensive pair of Jordan sneakers worn in the game were Nike Air Ships, which sold for $1.47 million at a Sotheby’s auction in Las Vegas last October.
The Mint Collective, a joint venture of IMG, a global leader in sports, events, fashion and media, and Collectable, the leading fractional investment platform for premium sports collectibles, will host an event live March 25–27 in Las Vegas.