Tom Brady rookie card sells for absurd price 4x higher than previous record


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You might want to dig through those old shoe boxes of football cards in your mom’s attic because there’s a card out there that might be worth a quarter of a million dollars.

That card is the 2000 Playoff Contenders “Championship Rookie Ticket” Tom Brady rookie card.

One of the limited edition cards fetched an unbelievable $250,000 Thursday on eBay.

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It was one of only 100 cards produced and is in the best condition of those that have been graded, with a Beckett grade of 9 mint.

A similar card on eBay now is currently up to $68,100 on 47 bids; bidding ends Monday.

Thursday’s sale is the second-highest amount that someone has paid for a modern-day sports card.

The highest is $312,000 for a Topps 2003 LeBron James “Logoman” rookie card.

It is also the most anyone has paid for a Brady collectible, and by a large margin: The previous high was $57,500 for a game-worn Brady jersey.

The card was listed by collectible retailer Rick Probstein on behalf of seller Joe Prizio, who bought it three years ago for $15,000.

Not a bad profit.

“I wanted to enjoy Brady cards, but I also wanted to make good investments,” Prizio told ESPN. “Brady, in the card world, is now being mentioned in the same breath as [Michael] Jordan and Mickey Mantle.”

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Prizio owns 135 of Brady’s rookie cards, according to ESPN.

He is currently listing a 1-of-1 2000 Fleer Ultra “Masterpiece” Tom Brady rookie card, through Probstein, for a “buy it now” price of $500,000. Brady is wearing his Michigan uniform in the card.

It may be the most ever paid for a football card, according to Yahoo Sports.

The previous high was $240,000 paid for a 1935 Bronko Nagurski card.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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