Tom Brady 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Sells for Record $2.25 Million


A football card has topped the $2 million mark for the first time. A 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady autograph sold for $2,252,854.80 including the buyer’s premium. The sale came on April 2 through a Lelands Spring Classic 2021 auction.

The card is graded a BGS 8.5 with a 9 for the autograph. The subgrades break down to 9.5 for centering, 8.5 for both corners and edges, and 8 for surface.

2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady BGS 8.5

The sale breaks a record set less than a month ago when another copy of the 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady sold for $1.32 million in a private sale. That copy was graded a BGS 8 with a 10 signature.

The Championship Ticket is a parallel of Brady’s most valuable Rookie Card. It has a print run of 100 copies. The world record Lelands sale is copy 099/100.

According to the auction description, the card has been sitting in a collection for more than a decade after been purchased off of eBay.

The Brady was one of 11 cards in the Lelands auction to top $100,000. Other cards include a 2003-04 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractors LeBron James /50 BGS 9.5 ($304,770), 2019-20 Panini National Treasures Gold Zion Williamson RPA /10 BGS 9 ($269,549) and a 2019-20 Immaculate Collection Logoman LeBron James 1/1 BGS 9.5 ($191,563).


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Paul Angilly 3 April, 2021 at 21:47

    This hobby has officially gone insane. I get that this is a highly-prized card of possibly the greatest QB of all time, but I just can’t fathom this card being worth this much. I could see maybe a couple thousand, but a couple million? Can you imagine how much a copy graded 10 or even 9.5 would sell for if it surfaced? I guess people can do what they want with their money, but at a time when so many people are struggling financially to pay the rent or buy the essentials like food and clothing or car payments, I just can’t help but feel it’s a little sad that others can toss around this kind of money on a card barely over 20 years old that isn’t even that scarce, comparatively. I know I should feel happy that my own collection is probably exploding in value, but I really don’t because I collect for the fun of it and I don’t really want to feel like I should be thinking of selling my cards. I can’t help but feel that sales like this – while impressive in the short term – are going to soon drive up prices of everything so much that an average collector such as myself can’t keep up and the hobby will start to shrink again. With prices for even cards from issues like the Topps baseball base set and just recently the Pacific Prism basketball set getting out of control, it feels like collecting just for the fun of it is getting left behind.

    • Ryan Cracknell 3 April, 2021 at 23:50

      @Paul – There have always been expensive cards and affordable cards. There always will be. This particular card has been out of reach for most collectors for a long time now.

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