The record for the highest priced modern trading card ever sold at public auction didn’t even last a week.
A 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph card, one of only 100 produced and rated 9 by Beckett Grading was listed as sold for $400,100 in a 10-day eBay auction that ended Monday night. It’s the most ever paid at auction for a football card.
The card was one of just seven graded 9 by BGS but among the strongest of all with a 10 subgrade for centering and 9s for edges, corners and surface.
Forbes confirmed that the card was owned by former NFL lineman and card collector/investor/dealer Evan Mathis. It was offered by PWCC Auctions, the high-volume eBay dealer that sold the 1996-97 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan parallel for a record-setting $350,100 last Wednesday night.
A year ago, a BGS 9 (MINT) Brady Championship Ticket sold for $250,000 and earlier this month, another was listed as sold for $275,000 on eBay.
A BGS 8.5 (NM/MT+) example of the same card sold for $50,400 in 2017 while a BGS 8 (NM/MT) copy of the same card sold on eBay for $61,100 in January.
PWCC stated in its auction listing that “private sales of this card in lower grade have sold at retail for over $250,000 in recent times, though none have held subgrades to match this example and none have sold at auction where a true market value can be determined.”
The Championship Ticket auto has a centering subgrade of 10 with 9s assigned for corners, edges and surface. The assigned serial number on the back matches Brady’s current age: 41/100.
The card was the headliner in a 15,000 lot auction that includes vintage and modern cards, including a Rookie Ticket Brady auto PSA 8 currently sitting at over $14,000.
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