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It’s hard to argue against Tom Brady being the GOAT of NFL quarterbacks and as such you can expect Tom Brady rookie cards to go for a premium.
He already has seven Super Bowl rings and named the MVP of the Super Bowl five of those times.
It’s a great story especially knowing that he’s come a long way since being a sixth-round draft pick. Here are the three best Tom Brady rookie cards in our opinion (with links to bid or buy below).
1. 2000 Playoff Contenders #144
Let’s start with arguably his most valuable (at least financially), which is hands down the 2000 Playoff Contenders rookie card.
It’s considered his only autographed rookie card plus the Playoff Contenders set is popular amongst rookie football card collectors. Any well-graded card currently has tremendous value (particularly those graded mint or higher).
Plus there’s a parallel “Championship Ticket” set, which is numbered to 100. A high grade on those will cost six-figures.
2. 2000 SP Authentic #118
While the SP Authentic brand might be more popular for hockey card collectors, this one is still in great demand from those chasing rookie football cards.
In particular, Brady’s rookie card, numbered to 1250, is sought after by many collectors.
While not as costly as his autographed Playoff Contenders rookie, this will still cost you in the thousands for well-graded cards.
3. 2000 Bowman Chrome #236
Compared to the other two aforementioned rookie cards, here’s one that’s more affordable and definitely more accessible.
It’s not serial numbered (neither the base or refractor parallel), but the graded cards still holds its value well.
The shiny Bowman Chrome stock is a nice added touch.
MORE INFO ON TOM BRADY: Tom Brady was selected by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and he spent his rookie season as a backup to starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
But when Bledsoe went down with an injury early in the 2001 season, Brady was thrust into the starting role and he never looked back.
Brady led the Patriots to an improbable victory in Super Bowl XXXVI, earning the game’s MVP award in the process. He then led the Patriots to two more Super Bowl victories in 2003 and 2004.
After battling some injuries, Brady came back in a big way, leading the Patriots to three more Super Bowl victories in 2015, 2017, and 2019.
In 2020, Brady made the surprising decision to leave the Patriots and sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory in his first season with the team, earning his seventh championship ring and fifth Super Bowl MVP award as well as cementing his status as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
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