While Tom Brady is breaking documents on the area, he continues to break records off the field too. Brady's rookie card offered at March for $1.32 million, also believed to be a record high for any football card, and the same type of card has blown beyond that album, buying $2.25 million on Friday.
The 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket card is autographed and numbered 99 out of 100, meaning just 100 copies of this particular card were produced. The variant that offered in March to Fitbit CEO James Park was rated as an 8 using the autograph graded a 10. The card that sold Friday was rated as an 8.5 using a 9 about the autograph, but the buyer for this specific card wishes to remain anonymous.
"I was not shocked (by the cost ), but that I was absolutely surprised," Lelands president Mike Heffner stated. "I know the market is headed upward, particularly with rare and desired cards like you, but I did not really anticipate it. I had an inkling only feeling the performance of the other cards over the past month, it was surely a possibility but these modern cards are definitely for real."
Brady's rookie card broke the album back in March, beating out a Patrick Mahomes card that offered for $861,000 at the beginning of February. The 2017 National Treasures autographed Mahomes card was rated a 9 and has been among only five of that particular card. That sale broke the previous record, which has been held by another Brady card which sold for $555,988 in January.
The meteoric rise in costs just a few months apart is the ideal example of the boom the sports card business has experienced over the past year. For the sake of comparison, a higher rated version of this Brady rookie card, a Mint 9 with a 10 grading on the autograph, sold for $400,100 only a couple of years ago.
Now the exact same card has eclipsed $2 million as costs for rare and costly sports cards and memorabilia continue to grow.