Each player on the losing team in Super Bowl XLVI walks away with a $44,000 check. That's $2,000 less than someone paid for a game-worn Tom Brady jersey on Saturday. Brady's shirt from a comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys October 16 sold for a remarkable $46,000 at the annual Super Bowl Auction in Indianapolis.
Collectors and fans bid online for a couple of weeks and then in person at the Indianapolis Convention Center on the eve of another Super Bowl appearance by Brady, the sixth round draft pick who had a chance to add another ring to his collection. It's believed the price is among the highest ever paid for an active player's jersey in any sport.
Realized prices included a 15% buyer's premium.
The Brady jersey outpaced hundreds of other vintage and modern pieces of football memorabilia offered in the sale conducted by Hunt Auctions.
A signed jersey won by Tim Tebow during his first start this season sold for an eye-popping $14,950, beating a 2004 Peyton Manning jersey from 2004 that was also autographed and came with a certification letter from his foundation. That shirt brought $11,144.
A Super Bowl V salesman's sample ring bearing Johnny Unitas' name brought $14,375 while a game-worn Ben Roethlisberger jersey worn on the September 11 tenth anniversary game this season, signed by the Steelers' quarterback, sold for $10,103.