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This Patrick Mahomes 1-of-1 is the Most Expensive Football Card Ever Sold

The Chiefs QB’s 2017 National Treasures Platinum Auto blew past Tom Brady’s previous record of $3.1 million.

Everything’s coming up Patrick Mahomes this week.

Just a day after announcing an ownership stake in Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City, Chiefs all-world quarterback Patrick Mahomes saw one of his trading cards break football’s all-time record for a single sale.

A 1-of-1 2017 National Treasures Platinum Mahomes rookie card rated at BGS 8.5 condition and autographed by Mahomes went for $4.3 million in a private sale to LJ’s Card Shop in New Albany, Ohio, PWCC Marketplace announced Wednesday morning.

The price shattered the previous NFL record of $3.1 million set by Tom Brady’s 2001 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket rookie card — an eye-popping milestone that was not lost on Mahomes himself.

The previous high for a Mahomes card sale? A similar card, but not as rare: a 1-of-5 National Treasures Black Rookie Patch Auto card fetched $840,000 at Goldin Auctions in January.

As of earlier this month, the Brady sale ranked No. 5 on the list of the most expensive card sales of 2021 known to the public. Steph Curry, Babe Ruth, Mike Trout, and Honus Wagner sales occupied the top four spots before Wednesday’s record-breaking Mahomes announcement.

“People see Mahomes as the next Brady,” PWCC director of business development Jesse Craig told ESPN. “It’s the perfect storm. It’s a 1-of-1, the NFL shield an on-card auto, a rookie. You have someone betting on Mahomes’ career. “He’s 25, he already has a Super Bowl and an MVP award. So, the sky’s the limit for him. This is as good as it gets.”

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After reaching the last two Super Bowls as Kansas City’s signal-caller, the 2020 NFL MVP is looking to be the first QB to reach three straight title games since TB12.

Mahomes and the Chiefs open their preseason schedule on Aug. 14 in Santa Clara against the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of the team’s 31-20 Super Bowl triumph on Feb. 2, 2020.

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Shlomo Sprung
Shlomo Sprung
Shlomo Sprung is a Senior Staff Writer at Boardroom. He has more than a decade of experience in journalism, with past work appearing in Forbes, MLB.com, Awful Announcing, and The Sporting News. He graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2011, and his Twitter and Spotify addictions are well under control. Just ask him.