Tom Brady, fresh off his record sixth Super Bowl title, will have another record attached to his name.
A rare rookie card for the New England Patriots quarterback sold this week for a jaw-dropping $400,100, the highest price paid for a football trading card sold at auction, according to PWCC Marketplace, which coordinated the auction on eBay.
There were 118 bids for the 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket card. Only 100 copies were produced, and PWCC said the card was in “gem mint” condition, grading out as a 9 by Beckett Grading Services. It was one of only two cards graded in that pristine a condition.
This card was being auctioned for the first time, and bidding closed on Monday. The buyer was not named.
Closing Tonight (Monday) is Football 1980-2018. Highlighted by the most important modern football card in the industry. This 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady RC AUTO /100 BGS 9 – Highest Graded Example.
— PWCC (@PWCCmarketplace) February 25, 2019
“This auction event featured the finest football card we’ve brokered in our 20-year history,” said Brent Huigens, the CEO of PWCC Marketplace. “We … are delighted for the new owner.”
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The subject matter probably helped, too. Brady beat the Los Angeles Rams this month in Super Bowl LIII to pass Charles Haley for most Super Bowl rings by a player. He has won four Super Bowl MVP titles and three regular-season MVP awards – and plans to keep playing.