One of the world’s most comprehensive Tom Brady rookie card collections is on the auction block.
The product of one collector’s 15-year obsession, the fully graded and authenticated compilation includes every card from Brady’s first NFL campaign with a total value well into six figures.
The collection is being offered in Heritage Auctions’ Fall Trading Card Auction that is now underway and runs through Nov. 15-16.
Accumulated through online auctions, private sales and major sports memorabilia shows across the country, the cards include modern sports card hallmarks such as Brady’s 2000 Playoff Contenders and Contenders Championship Ticket, SP Authentic and SPX Spectrum. Every rookie autograph and rare short-print and parallel card produced of Brady is represented. There are 136 cards in all.
“When I sat down with the consignor and he showed me the list and all of the cards, I was honestly baffled by the sheer volume of it and the sheer passion he had,” said Nick Cepero, one of Heritage’s consignment directors. “He spent 12 years researching and going to shows, trying to collect every Tom Brady rookie card ever produced. He’s a big Patriots fan.”
Each card has been graded by BGS, PSA or SGC. Many boast the highest grade awarded and some are coming to auction for the first time.
Ten cards carry a pre-sale estimate of $10,000 or more including a Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph numbered 82 of 100 that should fetch at least $60,000 and an Upper Deck SPx Spectrum #130 graded PSA Gem Mint 10 numbered 5/25 that’s expected to sell for at least $50,000.