The “Holy Grail” of Tom Brady Rookie Cards Sells for a World Record $2.25 Million

The “Holy Grail” of Tom Brady rookie cards sold last night for a world record $2,252,854 in the Lelands 2021 Spring Classic Auction, marking 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 nine.  The $2,252,854 price tag shatters the previous record for a football card — another Brady rookie card, which sold last month for $1.32 million.

“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.”

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).

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