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Signed Tom Brady rookie card expected to break $2.25M record at auction

A Tom Brady rookie card autographed by the seven-time Super Bowl winner is currently up for auction, and the rare piece of memorabilia is expected to break a record for a football card established just last month.

Lelands is running the auction of the signed 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady rookie insert. The prized piece of memorabilia in question is considered the “Holy Grail” of Brady rookie cards due to its rarity, according to Bleacher Report. Only 100 were ever printed.

As noted in a tweet in April from Lelands, the same Brady rookie insert currently up for auction sold for $2,252,854 in April, which set the record in question.

What makes the current card up for auction that much more coveted and why it’s expected to break the record is its unparalleled mint 9 rating from Beckett Grading Services, as noted in Leland’s listing, with “NONE GRADED HIGHER.”

“For a card that was produced in 2000 with a print run of 100, you would think at least one would receive a grade of 9.5 or 10, the listing reads, “however Brady’s Contenders autographs are notorious for being incredibly condition sensitive and nearly impossible to grade at a high level.”

The market for Brady memorabilia has been white-hot of late. Along with the above card, the football used for Brady’s first NFL touchdown pass on Oct. 14, 2001 is also up for auction from Lelands. That auction closes June 4, so it remains to be seen how much a football that holds a unique place in NFL history will ultimately fetch.

As noted, the sports memorabilia auction market has been operating at a frenetic pace and generating a stunning amount of money exchanging hands over the past year or so.

It will be interesting to see whether or not the signed 2000 Playoff Contenders Brady rookie insert will set a record when the auction closes on June 4.

Given the current bid stands at $1,108,093, there’s some work to be done, although the action typically heats up as the closing nears.