WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A rookie card for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been sold for a whopping $4.3 million.
- The price for Mahomes’ autographed card exceeded the previous record of $3.1 million for a Tom Brady rookie card.
- According to sports business writer Bill Shea, “Mahomes has quickly made himself the face of the newest generation of elite NFL quarterbacks.”
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes surpassed Tom Brady’s football card record books.
Mahomes’ autographed rookie card — a 2017 Panini National Treasures 1-of-1, NFL shield — sold for record $4.3 million on Wednesday. It’s the most paid for a football card in history.
The previous record-holder was $3.1 million for a Brady 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket Autograph card, according to PWCC Marketplace. The largest trading card marketplace in the world brokered the private sale to LJ’s Card Shop in New Albany, Ohio.
The Mahomes card holds the fourth-largest purchase price in history for a sports card, selling 38% more than the Brady’s card which sold in June.
“People see Mahomes as the next Brady,” PWCC director of business development Jesse Craig said, via ESPN’s Dan Hajducky. “He’s 25, he already has a Super Bowl and an MVP award. So, the sky’s the limit for him … and his card values.”
“It’s the perfect storm. It’s a 1-of-1, the NFL shield an on-card auto, a rookie. You have someone betting on Mahomes’ career, [and] this is as good as it gets.”
Mahomes shared news of the sale with the caption “my goodness” accompanied by a mind-blown emoji.
The NFL Shield cards are the rarest in existence because they include the full league logo directly from the game-worn jersey within the card. Mahomes’ card is rated an 8.5 grade by Beckett Grading Services.
Last month, it was the Brady card that sold for a world-record price but is numbered 8/100 and doesn’t have the rare jersey part. Sports cards when Brady started as a rookie in 2000 did not do 1-of-1s, Craig said via ESPN. It’s a 9 Beckett grade.
“What we realized about modern players is that [fans] like to feel invested in them when they step on the field or court,” Craig said.
A spokesperson for LJ’s said the Mahomes card “is truly a piece of art” and adds to its collection in a “meaningful way.” It will be on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention outside of Chicago this week before likely being put away into a long-term portfolio.