Just a month ago, Fitbit Founder and CEO James Park shocked the sports card world by purchasing a Tom Brady rookie card for $1.32 million.
Now, in another example of the booming card industry, an anonymous buyer has obliterated that record by purchasing a Brady RC for $2.25 million in Lelands 2021 Spring Classic Auction. The sale marks the most ever paid for a football card.
The 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket #144 Tom Brady Rookie Autograph card was graded 8.5 with an autograph grade of 9. Park’s card was graded 8 with a 10 auto grade.
"Tom Brady continues to shatter records both on and off the football field," said Lelands President Mike Heffner. "The GOAT, Brady now holds the distinction of having the most expensive football card ever sold. His signed Championship Rookie Ticket auto is the penultimate Brady rookie card and one for the ages."
The name of the buyer of the record-setting card has not been released.
The previous Brady record last month surpassed a 2017 National Treasures autograph rookie card of Patrick Mahomes, a graded 9 that sold for $861,000 in February. That broke the record of another Brady card that sold in January for $555,988. Brady started the trend of soaring football cards when his rookie card with a Mint 9 grad and a 10 autograph sold for $400,100 two years ago.
Brady won his record seventh Super Bowl in January when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Additional auction highlights include: a Zion Williamson rookie RPA ($269,549); a PSA 9 Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee Rookie ($259,501); a 2003 LeBron James Ultimate Collection Autographed Rookie ($211,199); a LeBron James 2019 Logoman 1/1 ($191,563); a 1948 Babe Ruth single-signed baseball ($104,813); a Bear Bryant personally owned and worn houndstooth hat ($33,744); Steelers legend Jack Lambert's fake teeth holder ($19,914); and a George Washington lock of hair ($39,922).
For the full results of the auction, visit https://lelands.com