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Rare Tom Brady rookie card set to fetch crazy price in auction

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A rare Tom Brady rookie card–which is considered the “most important football card ever produced”–is set to go up on auction next week. Of course as was the case for previous Brady cards, it is expected to fetch quite the price.

However, it is certainly another opportunity for card collectors and Brady fans to get their hands one of the best, if not the most collectible rookie card of the former New England Patriots star and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB.

Skinner Auctioneers will host the online auction set to start on December 7 and end on December 15. Aside from the highly sought-after Brady RC, there will also be other Brady cards up for auction. NBA cards will also be well represented, with some rare LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Julius Erving cards.

Tom Brady 2000 Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket

The Tom Brady 2000 Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket is undoubtedly the highlight of the auction. To recall, a similar card–graded a Mint 9 from Beckett–sold for over $3.1 million last July. The Brady card up for auction at Skinner is graded a PSA 5, hence it is expected to fetch between $300,000 to $500,000.

Nevertheless, with the current card boom and the desirability of Brady cards, it could very well exceed those expectations.

It is worth noting that only 100 cards of the autographed Tom Brady 2000 Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket were produced. The one up for auction next week is numbered 39.

“This 2000 playoff contender is considered the most important football card ever produced,” Leila Dunbar, renowned full-time appraiser and consultant for the sale, told ClutchPoints in an exclusive interview.

As Dunbar mentioned, “card collecting is in the most exciting time ever” as the industry saw a ton of newcomers getting into the game as a form of hobby and investment, as well as old collectors getting back amid the surge in interest. We have seen all-time highs for rare cards being sold, and as Dunbar added, “sports cards has reached that same level of collection as arts, wine, jewelry” and more.

With that said, the Skinner auction of the Brady card could see some record bids as well. Several hundreds of bidders are expected to participate in the auction, though it is uncertain how many will fight for the rare Brady card given the price tag.

LeBron James, Michael Jordan Cards For Auction

As mentioned, while the Tom Brady card is the main attraction of the auction, there are several other cards that collectors, investors and fans in general can get for steal prices.

For one, a LeBron James 2003 Topps Chrome Xfractor is expected to go between $50,000 to $125,000. It is a PSA 9 card with only 220 produced. As Dunbar highlighted, there is a “lot of potential for future growth” for the card.

There is also a 1986 Fleer Jordan Sticker graded PSA 9 that is estimated to reach between $10,000 to $15,000 in auction. Given the popularity of Jordan–largely considered the GOAT of basketball–especially after the airing of his “The Last Dance” docu-series, the collectible at the auction could very well end up being a worthy investment.

Dunbar also noted that the 1980 Bird/Erving/Johnson Topps Basketball Rookie Card could be an under-the-radar card in the auction. It is expected to sell for $2000 to $3000, which is a great price to get your hands on the rookie card featuring members of the NBA’s 75 greatest players of all time.

Aside from the aforementioned cards, those featuring game-used patches could also be sold for a fraction of their real market value.

Here’s an interesting tidbit, though: all the cards up for auction is owned by just one collector, which is pretty unusual in the industry. It will also be the first time the anonymous owner will be selling the cards in the market two decades since he collected, making it even more special.

The auction, as usual in major auction houses, will feature an extended time in the last day to avoid snipers. This means everyone has a fair chance to get the cards they really wanted without suffering the frustration of getting their target collectibles taken from them the last minute.

Most Expensive Cards Ever

Sports cards have been a huge craze over the past few months, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s not surprising to see some of the rarest cards being sold or auctioned off the crazy prices.

For one, a Patrick Mahomes rookie card sold for $4.3 million last July alone. It is now the fifth most expensive sports card ever sold.

Meanwhile, a 1-of-1 Logoman Luka Doncic card sold for $4.6 million in a private sale, making it the fourth-most expensive card ever sold–just beyond Honus Wagner, Mickey Mantle and LeBro James’ cards.