Patrick Mahomes has a good chance to break some football passing records, including those of Tom Brady, before his career as an NFL quarterback is finished. On Wednesday, he passed Brady with an off-field memorabilia record.
A rookie card of the Kansas City Chiefs star sold for $4.3 million, making it the most expensive football card ever sold. The 2017 National Treasures NFL Shield rookie autographed card, a one-of-one piece produced by Panini America, topped the previous record set earlier this year when Lelands, a New Jersey-based auction house, sold a Brady Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket autographed card for $3.1 million, Sports Collectors Daily and CBS News reported.
“My goodness,” Mahomes tweeted Wednesday.
The deal for the near-mint card, which received a grade of 8.5 out of 10 by Beckett Grading Services, was made through PWCC Marketplace, the Oregon-based company said in a news release. It was sold to LJ’s Card Shop, the company said.
“The 2017 National Treasures NFL Shield Patrick Mahomes Rookie is truly a piece of art and we are honored to add this card to our collection,” LJ’s Card Shop, located in New Albany, Ohio, said in a statement.
PWCC said the seller was from Arizona and was identified only as Brad O., the company said in its news release.
“I invested in as many Patrick Mahomes cards as possible before he became a starting quarterback and have watched in awe as he has become the face of the NFL,” the seller told PWCC. “I am extremely grateful.”
The market for sports memorabilia and cards continues to hum. Sports business writer Bill Shea told The Athletic that there have been at least 15 card sales that have topped $1 million since August 2020.
“The sizzling sports card/collectibles market, accelerated during the pandemic by cash-laden investors seeking fun alternative assets, continues to burn on,” Shea told The Athletic.
“This is one of the most desirable and important modern-day trading card assets in our entire market and is the most sought-after Patrick Mahomes card on the planet,” Jesse Craig, director of business development at PWCC Marketplace, said in a statement. “We are very pleased to bring buyer and seller together to broker this truly one-of-a-kind piece.”
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