His career appears to be over, but that’s not stopping collectors from putting down big bucks for Tom Brady’s best cards.
A 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket autographed Brady rookie card (#99/100) sold for over $1.2 million late Saturday night as Lelands closed out its Mint 25 Auction. The special auction included only 25 high-end lots that combined to sell for well over $5 million.
The Brady card, graded 8.5 by BGS with a 9 autograph grade, was the top selling item in the auction.
With a roster ranging from historic pieces to a few pricey modern cards, the auction was to have been held in conjunction with Collectable’s Mint Collective in Las Vegas but that event was postponed. The auction went on as scheduled via Lelands’ website.
Basketball items attracted a lot of attention with a 1961-62 Fleer unopened box of 24 packs finishing as runner-up to the Brady card for highest selling lot at $444,528. A pair of shoes worn by a young Michael Jordan and attributed to the game in which he broke his foot went for $422,130. A Jordan jersey, photo-matched to a February 1998 game against the Atlanta Hawks in which Jordan hit the winning shot at the buzzer netted $351,029. A 2020-21 Panini Prizm Gold LeBron James parallel graded PSA 10 (#1/10) changed hands for $408,420 while a 1986-87 Fleer Jordan graded PSA 10 sold for $285,896.
Among the more interesting pieces in the auction was Babe Ruth’s 1918 first Hillerich & Bradsby bat contract signed six times by the young dual-threat sensation.
Complete with the envelope mailed to the company’s Louisville headquarters, the lot sold for $406,360.
A 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card graded PSA 8 sold for $368,580 while a T206 set missing only the Honus Wagner and Joe Doyle variation found a new home for $303,232.
Nine lots didn’t meet the consignor’s reserve price and went unsold.