Even before rumors of Tom Brady’s retirement plans started circulating, fans, collectors and speculators were buying up his cards.
According to eBay, from January 24-29, searches for Brady collectibles spiked 328 percent. Searches for Brady rookie cards jumped 476 percent.
In a one-week period that began the day Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs lost a 30-27 thriller in the Divisional Round and ended the day ESPN broke the story of his impending retirement, eBay saw a sales increase for Brady collectibles of 198 percent, a 233 percent increase in the number of Brady rookie cards sold and a 341 percent increase in sales of Brady jerseys.
With every Super Bowl victory, the market for Brady’s cards soared, especially after he won his seventh and final title last season. Among the top Brady cards that have been sold on eBay in recent years:
- 2000 Playoff Contenders Rookie Card / AUTO #144 PSA 10 – $555,988
- 2000 Playoff Championship Ticket / AUTO 100 BGS 9 – $400,100
- 2000 Playoff Championship Ticket / AUTO RC #144 BGS 9 – $275,000
- 2000 SP Tom Brady Rookie Card /1250 #118 BGS 10 – $251,101
This week, those sales were dwarfed by the confirmed $2.3 million sale of another, high-grade Championship Ticket Rookie autograph card—the third largest price for any football card ever sold.
PWCC’s newly launched February Premier Auction includes another example of the same card in the same grade. The company recently sold a BGS 8 for $1.29 million. The 8.5/10 has already surpassed that.
“The interest in Tom Brady trading cards will be very high as a result of his retirement but it’s the totality of his legacy that is going to drive the final price of sales,” stated PWCC’s Director of Business Development, Jesse Craig. “There’s so much you can point to that shows Brady assets will have desirability among collectors for the long-term. The most Super Bowl wins, the most Super Bowl MVPs, the most career wins by a QB, the most passing completions, yards, and touchdowns. He’s unquestionably the greatest football player of all-time and his prices will continue to reflect that.”
You can check out the top 100 most watched Brady cards on eBay here.