Tom Brady and his beloved Michigan Wolverines are both headed for big postseason games again this season, conjuring up memories of Brady’s college career in Ann Arbor.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-3) in position for another deep postseason run as they look to defend their NFL championship, while No. 2 Michigan (12-1) is headed to the College Football Playoffs to face Georgia in the Orange Bowl.
Twenty-five years ago, Brady made his college debut for Michigan in a 38-9 victory over UCLA on Sept. 28, 1996. With the game well in hand, Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr sent the freshman QB into the game for mop-up duty, launching one of the greatest careers in football history.
Brady played in just two games as a freshman, completing 3 of 5 passes for 26 yards. He started for the Wolverines as a junior and senior and finished his Michigan career with 4,773 yard passing and 30 touchdowns.
Brady’s college debut is commemorated with a ticket from the 1996 Michigan-UCLA game that is up for bid in Heritage Auction’s December Showcase Auction.
The ticket, one of only 12 in the PSA population report, has a current bid of $2,900 and is expected to top $8,000. It is graded PSA VG-EX 4 with the only blemish a hand-written number on the back.
Heritage’s December auction also features a 2003 ticket from LeBron James’ NBA debut and many modern sports cards, including a 2000 Bowman Tom Brady rookie card (PSA 10).