A Tom Brady Super Bowl LI “family” ring sold at auction for $344,927 early Sunday–the most ever paid for an NFL championship ring. Goldin Auctions conducted the sale of the consigned ring, which was the top item in the company’s Winter Auction.
The size 10 ½, ring weighs approximately 77.3 grams and features 260 diamonds compared to 283 on the rings presented to players and coaches and it’s slightly smaller but the rest of the ring is identical to the one given to Brady. The consignor and the winning bidder aren’t being revealed. According to the auction company, no one connected with the five-time champion quarterback is involved in the sale of the ring.
Few Patriots Super Bowl rings and no Brady-related awards have come to auction since the team began its run of championships in the early 2000s. Defensive lineman Maurice Anderson’s Super Bowl XXXVI ring sold twice in recent years, both times for over $40,000. A staff member’s ring from the same victory sold for $36,000 in February of 2017.
A pair of near mint 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards also topped six figures in the auction with an SGC 84 bringing $119,067 and a PSA 7 selling for $111,702.
Nearly 1,100 lots of sports, entertainment and pop-culture memorabilia sold for $3.5 million, the most-ever for the company’s annual winter auction event.
A rare complete game-worn Ted Williams uniform from the 1959 season soared to $98,200 after opening at $50,000. The package included Williams’ home jersey, pants and even his undershirt.
Stashed away after a sanitation worker found it in the trash of a drug store decades ago, the only known unopened box of 1966 Topps football cards rocketed to $75,491. Containing 24 packs, the box dates to Topps’ four-year run as the manufacturer of American Football League trading cards.
Other items sold in the auction included:
- 1933 All-Star autographed baseball with 22 signatures including Ruth and Gehrig $62,602
- T206 Ty Cobb portrait (red background) PSA 8 (1 of 3) $55,237
- 1972 Hank Aaron game-worn road jersey $55,237
- T206 Eddie Plank PSA 1 $51,555
- 1957 Willie Mays Gold Glove award (first of his 12 straight) $51,555
- 1914 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson SGC 35 $40,507
- 1984 Olympic basketball gold medal from Wayman Tisdale estate $38,052
- 1980 Sultan of Swat “crown” award given to Mike Schmidt $36,825.