Bucs Offer Fan Gifts Worth An Estimated $35K For Returning Tom Brady’s 600th TD Ball
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images. Pictured: Mike Evans hands Tom Brady’s 600th TD ball to a fan — the ball was later returned to Bucs staff
— UPDATE —
It turns out that the estimated $36k worth of goodies won’t be the only thing that Byron Kennedy will be receiving in his trade of Brady’s 600th touchdown ball.
Brady announced on Monday night that he’d also be partnering with cryptocurrency exchange FTX to give Kennedy a Bitcoin for his troubles.
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) October 25, 2021
With one Bitcoin currently valued at $63,270 as of 8:30 E.T. on Monday, the crypto-gift more than doubles the original value of the trade.
The Bitcoin alone is approximately 1.7x the price of the original haul that Kennedy was going to receive.
Brady himself felt that Kennedy didn’t do a great job of negotiating when acquiring the landmark football. He jokingly stated on the Monday Night Football ‘Manningcast’ that, “[Kennedy] lost all of his leverage when he gave the ball back.”
Brady still believed that Kennedy exited with a decent collection at the end of the day.
“I think he made it out alright,” Brady told the Manning brothers.
— Original Story —
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan who traded Tom Brady’s 600th touchdown ball for a signed jersey on Sunday got an upgraded deal from the team on Monday.
The 29-year-old Byron Kennedy — the fan who was given the ball by Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans, who caught it and handed it to Kennedy not realizing the historical nature of it — initially received a $1,000 gift certificate to the team store and replacement game ball. But after social media slammed the Bucs for giving the fan a raw deal, it was anticipated that they would come through with more.
Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions, which has sold several Tom Brady rookie cards for more than $1 million, estimated that the ball was worth at least $500,000.
On Monday, the Bucs augmented the deal to include two season tickets for the rest of the 2021 season (four games) and the 2022 season (10 games), two signed jerseys from Brady, a signed helmet from Brady, a signed jersey from Evans, and Evans’ game-used cleats from Sunday’s matchup.
Due to COVID protocol, a typical meet and greet was out of play, an insider said.
If the season tickets are lower level 50-yard line seats, two seats for 14 total games retail at around $16,000 (not including playoffs). The market value of Brady-signed jerseys is about $3,500 apiece, a Brady-signed helmet is about $2,500, an Evans-signed jersey is around $250 and his game-worn cleats — considering he caught the touchdown in them — could be worth as much as $10,000.
All in, it’s less than a $50,000 value.
|Pair of Season Tickets (14 games)||$16,000|
|Tom Brady-Signed Jerseys (2)||$7,000|
|Tom Brady-Signed Helmet||$2,500|
|Mike Evans-Signed Jersey||$250|
|Mike Evans’ Game-Worn Cleats||up to $10,000|
|Estimated Total Worth of Gifts||$99,020|
“I knew how much it meant to Tom,” Kennedy told the St. Petersburg Times, “and I was willing to trade.”