No football player’s cards in recent years have been as actively bought and sold by collectors as Tom Brady. Fourteen of the 15 most watched football cards on eBay at the moment are of Brady. His rookie cards have skyrocketed in value. Yet over the last 12 months, he’s not the top-selling player in the sports card category.
eBay’s researchers tell Sports Collectors Daily that Brady ranks number two among other active top athletes in sales with 133,775 items sold. The top spot belongs to the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year. Collectors and dealers snapped up a whopping 240,899 Aaron Judge-related listings on eBay from February 1, 2017 to January 30, 2018. Third on the list is Mike Trout with 89,135 items sold.
Overall, though, Brady’s sales have been impressive. Ahead of the upcoming Super Bowl, over 15,000 Tom Brady related items were sold in the first four weeks of the new year. And while collectors have been buying and selling Brady for a long time, his popularity soared in 2017. eBay reports that over the last 15 years, one-quarter of the total sales of Brady products (cards, memorabilia, jerseys and anything else with his name attached) were generated in 2017.
Since 2002, over 1 million Brady items have been sold on eBay. One seller is hoping that number increases by one. He’s listed a 2000 Fleer Ultra Masterpiece 1/1 Brady rookie card (PSA 8) with an asking price of $500,000.