Tom Brady rookie card sells for record $1.32 million
A Tom Brady rookie card sold for a record $1.32 million on Thursday, according to online auction house PWCC Marketplace.
It is believed to be the highest price paid for a football card, eclipsing the previous record by nearly $500,000. As the sports card market continues to soar in interest and value, there's no telling how soon the record could be broken. A Patrick Mahomes card that sold for $861,000 in the beginning of February set the record, which lasted less than a month.
The autographed 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket card was graded an eight with a 10 grading on the signature. It was purchased by James Park, a known card collector and noted Brady fan.
"I lived in Boston for 10 years and so am a huge fan of Brady," Park said in comments posted to PWCC Marketplace's Instagram account. "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." The 2017 National Treasures autographed Mahomes card was graded a nine and was one of only five of that specific card. That sale broke the previous record, which was held by another Brady card that sold for $555,988 in January.
Another Brady rookie card from the 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket collection, graded a Mint 9 with a 10 grading on the autograph, sold for $400,100 just two years ago.
At the time, it was the highest auction price in history for a football card.
PWCC Marketplace sold a 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card from Topps for a record $5.2 million to become the most expensive sports card of all time in January. The purchase easily topped the five-month-old record held by a Mike Trout rookie card that sold for just under $4 million in August.