Controversial Tom Brady Rookie Card Auctioned For $396,000

The one-of-a-kind 1 of 1 numbered card fetched that price on the PWCC collectibles market, though another similar card exists

BRISTOL — A 2000 Fleer Showcase Masterpiece Tom Brady rookie card, numbered 1 of 1, one-of-a-kind, and rated 8.5 NM-MT+ by Beckett Grading Services sold Thursday night for $396,000 on the PWCC collectibles, including the 20 percent buyer’s premium.

Except she wasn’t the only one of her kind. There is also another 1-for-1 of the same PSA-rated Brady card.


When the sports card market crashed in the early to mid-1990s, it was largely due to rampant fraud and overproduction, plus the 1994 MLB strike. of physical stores in the United States dwindled to a few hundred.

A fatal flaw was the lack of transparency about how many copies of each card were produced. For example, there are allegedly over 2 million Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards produced by Upper Deck in 1989, which once had collectors rampant, in existence. Junior once said that he even had over 100.

Tom Brady’s card is numbered 1 of 1 even though a similar one exists. PWCC

At the time of the crash, manufacturers had already begun stamping serial numbers on coveted cards. Some were numbered in the hundreds, others numbered in the thousands. The first 1 of 1 card was made in the late 1990s, and soon after printed 1 of 1 plates — thin metal sheets used to transfer images onto card stock, responsible for the photographs on sports cards — appeared in the hands of collectors.

The creation of 1 of 1 fueled the collectors’ chase for the cards: literally one of a kind.

Two 1-out-of-1 cards is not only an extremely rare aberration, it’s the fear of industry skeptics everywhere.

PWCC characterized finding a 1-for-1 rookie card from Brady as when Howard Carter found Tutankhamun’s tomb. But when a customer (who prefers to remain anonymous) came to PWCC with the BGS-rated Fleer Showcase Masterpiece Brady rookie card stamped “The Only 1 of 1 Masterpiece” on the back–where Brady is shown with his hair buzzed short and his “poise [y producción]especially in big games — Carter might as well have found Tutankhamun’s tomb ajar.

But why were two one-of-a-kind rookie cards from Brady floating around the world?

PWCC first contacted the owner of Brady’s other 1 of 1 card, rated Authentic by PSA, which is in his possession and not for sale. The concern was that this BGS-rated Brady card had been the same card, opened and re-rated, but that was quickly cleared up.

Fleer and Upper Deck have confirmed that, in the early days of serial numbering, card makers would sometimes print multiple 1 of 1’s as they experimented with productions or even if one was ruined but it was never supposed to go out of print. factory.

It seems that, one way or another, he did.

PWCC sent a team from Oregon to Beckett’s offices in Dallas to personally deliver Brady’s qualifying card. Beckett confirmed that Brady’s BGS card was scored and placed in his block on February 4, 2004 and is authentic. The PSA rated version is also believed to be authentic. The purchaser of the Beckett Rated 1 of 1 Card will receive a letter of authenticity from Beckett.

The former owner of the Beckett-rated version, now the seller, recalls buying the card on eBay in 2005 for about $2,000.

Brady had just given the New England Patriots their third Super Bowl title in four seasons as a starter, so I had a feeling about that kid.



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