Tickets to Tom Brady’s first appearance in an NFL game are popular with collectors, but whatever happened to the helmet he wore when he took his first NFL snap in a regular season game?
It’s in the hands of TriStar Productions’ CEO Jeff Rosenberg who has owned it for several years.
Brady wore it when he went 1-3 for 6 yards in mop duty against the Lions on Nov. 23, 2000.
“PSA had a deal with the NFL that they would authentic items with their DNA strand from the field and then they would be auctioned for charity,” Rosenberg told us. “Since Brady was a 4th string QB it only sold for about $200. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the buyer.”
However, the person who did buy the helmet eventually put it on the market several years later. Rosenberg got wind of the auction and decided to go all in. He won the bid and it’s safe to say he doesn’t regret it. If it were to be offered now, it would likely bring a seven-figure price.
Tri-Star had a long-standing autograph deal with Brady and after Rosenberg acquired the helmet, he brought it to one of those signing sessions. Brady recognized it immediately, looked it over and added his signature and inscription verifying it was from his rookie year. He included his memorable stat line: “1/3 6 yds.” Brady wrote the date as “11-24” but the correct date is Nov. 23.
Safe to say it’s one of the highlights of Rosenberg’s collection…and proof that sometimes things that might be an afterthought can one day turn out to be pretty great.