Brady's 1st career TD football sells for over $400K at auction
It's not only Tom Brady's trading cards that are fetching high prices.
The football the then-New England Patriots quarterback used to throw his first career touchdown pass on Oct. 14, 2001, was recently auctioned off by Lelands for $428,841.60, according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. The auction started at $75,000 and heated up in the final two days, generating 33 total bids.
The seller, a 48-year-old father of two, told Daniels he caught the ball when former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn tossed it into the stands at Foxboro Stadium following the touchdown. He kept the ball at his home for several years before relocating it to the bank for security reasons.
The seller said he wants to remain anonymous to avoid possible backlash from Patriots fans who were unhappy he kept the ball. He noted that he spoke to the organization about the ball, but the two sides never came to an agreement.
"I have a wife and kids. There's a lot of people that love this story, but there's probably a lot of people that wouldn't, you know, take kind for me putting it out there and not giving it back to Brady or whatever," he said. "They don't know the whole story.
"Both my kids said I could have been on the ESPN ... and I said if I was single I would do it in a heartbeat. But, you know, this crazy world we live in so I didn't want to put any extra attention on with my kids."
Along with the touchdown ball, Lelands also auctioned off an autographed Brady 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket card last Friday for just over $3.1 million - a new record for a football card.