Buccaneers QB Tom Brady depicted next to his "Championship Ticket" rookie card
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Tom Brady Rookie Card Smashes Football’s All-time Record Sale Price

The Super Bowl MVP’s autographed “Championship Ticket” card just went for over $2 million.

In the NFL world, Tom Brady is the on-field GOAT. He’s got a pretty decent life off the field, too, and the hits just kept coming Friday night.

At Lelands Auctions, a 2000 Playoff Contenders “Championship Ticket” rookie card signed by Brady himself sold for $2.253 million. It’s the all-time highest price ever paid for a football trading card. And it didn’t merely squeeze by the previous mark — it blew it out of the water.

In March, a different version of the same card sold for $1.32 million, which was the biggest sale price for an NFL card at the time. This latest card, which received an 8.5 grade from Beckett (the signature got a 9), went for nearly a million bucks more. The final, winning bid was the 67th to be made following a starting price of $75,000.

What a difference just a few weeks can make.

Depending on how you adjust for inflation, this TB12 beauty is now as high as the fifth-most expensive sports trading card ever sold, ranking behind only ultra-rare cards featuring Mickey Mantle, Luka Doncic, Mike Trout, and Honus Wagner.

So, who bought this record-setting card? As of this writing, the lucky winner remains anonymous.

“I wasn’t shocked, but I was certainly surprised,” Lelands Auctions president Mike Heffner said of the sale, via ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren. “I know the market is headed upward, especially with rare and desirable cards such as that one, but I didn’t really anticipate it.”

If we take nothing else away from this news, it’s that it remains very, very good to be Tom Brady. He’s a Super Bowl champion yet again, and is the undisputed king of football cards by an even wider margin than he was before. If and when this man follows Rob Gronkowski into the NFT game, the crypto establishment had better watch out.

Until then, Brady can list 2,252,855 additional reasons why he’s as captivating as ever despite his 43 years of age.