The replica of the retirement of former New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady continues to ripple through the ether, currently causing tremors in the world of sports cards and memorabilia. .
E-commerce company eBay reports that from January 23 to 29 – when Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington announced Brady’s retirement – the site saw a 198% increase in sales of Tom Brady collectibles, including an increase of 233% in rookie card sales and a 341% increase in jersey sales.
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User searches for Brady rookie cards and jerseys increased 476% and 273%, respectively, from January 24-29. Some insight: In April 2020, after ESPN’s “The Last Dance” aired, Michael Jordan card sales increased 370% on eBay.
On February 1, Brady’s most wanted rookie card sold for $2.3 million through Probstein Auctions via eBay. This is an autographed ticket to the 2000 Contenders Rookie Championship numbered out of 100 with a Beckett Grading Services rating of 8.5 and a perfect signature of 10.
It’s the third most expensive football card of all time, behind a 2017 Panini National Treasures Patrick Mahomes, a 1-for-1 rookie card that sold for $4.3 million in July 2021 and a version top-rated of the same Brady rookie card, which sold for $3.1 million a month earlier. The collectible is also the highest selling trading card in eBay history.
Brady also holds the record for the most expensive NFL jersey of all time. Just a few weeks ago, his autographed jersey from the final week of the 2020 regular season (a 44-27 beating of the Atlanta Falcons) sold at Goldin’s Auction House for $480,000.