One sports fan cashed in on Tom Brady a week before he competes for his seventh Super Bowl ring.
A signed Tom Brady rookie card from 2000 was auctioned off last week for $555,998.
The card, from Brady’s first season with the New England Patriots in 2000, was rated as a PSA Gem Mint 10 — meaning the card is essentially in perfect condition. The sale, which occurred on Jan. 25, was run through PWCC market and was sold through eBay.
While the nearly $600,000 price tag is impressive, the buyer — who did so anonymously — actually had to throw in an extra $8 for shipping.
A few other notable cards have earned a hefty price tag in recent years. A signed Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card sold for a record $1.812 million in September, and a LeBron James signed rookie card went for $1.8 million in July. Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, however, holds the record at a whopping $3.93 million — which snapped the previous record held by a 1909 Honus Wagner card that sold for $3.12 million.
Brady, who was selected in the sixth round of the 1999 draft out of Michigan, played in just one game and threw only three passes in his rookie season. It wasn’t until the following year, after replacing Drew Bledsoe, that Brady took over full time with the Patriots — which eventually led to his three league MVP awards and six Super Bowl titles.
The 43-year-old will lead the Buccaneers up against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in his 10th Super Bowl appearance in just his first year with the franchise. He threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns this season.
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