Tom Brady’s ‘Last Touchdown’ Football Sells for Nearly $400K Less After Unretirement
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images. Pictured: Tom Brady.
Tom Brady’s now infamous “last touchdown” football sold on Saturday night for $129,658.
The ball, which was advertised as his “last-ever touchdown pass” by auction house Lelands, sold for $518,000 in March. But a day later, Brady unretired.
When the winning bidder got the invoice, he hired an attorney, and Lelands eventually decided to void the sale given that it was now likely false advertising. Brady threw a touchdown during the Buccaneers’ game against the Cowboys last week, making the claim officially false.
Brady has thrown 625 touchdowns, the most in NFL history by 54 over Drew Brees, who is in second place all-time.
Many thought the $518K ball — from the 2021 NFC Divisional playoff game in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams — would take a massive dive in value.
But selling for a quarter of the original price seems like a huge win for the auction house and a testament to the strength of the game-used memorabilia market.
… Or the market for Brady collectibles.
In January, a collector paid $480,000 for a game-used Tom Brady jersey extensively signed by him. It was from a regular season game in 2020.
And a man was recently arrested for conning a Super Bowl ring manufacturer into sending him three rings with Brady’s name on them. The man posed as Brady under the false pretense that he was ordering the rings for one of his friends or family members.
One of the rings sold for $337,000 in Feb. 2018, the highest-ever price for a Super Bowl ring.