The secret has been out for a very long time, but it pops up every now and again to smack anyone in the face who might’ve forgotten: Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all-time. He’s fresh off a Super Bowl dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs, winning his seventh ring.
Brady is in a stratosphere all his own — and he has been for quite some time. Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw are in second place with four titles each. As far as active QBs go, Ben Roethlisberger is next in line with two championships. No one is catching Brady for a very long time…if ever.
Predictably, Tom Brady cards have skyrocketed in value. They were already on their way up, then a playoff run sent them spiking, and now the Super Bowl win put them into outer space. Tom Brady has way more rookie cards than you might think. Forty-four to be exact. Let’s pare that down and highlight our five favorites.
2000 Bowman Chrome
This list isn’t ordered in any way, but this first entry might be the one people love the most. Tom Brady’s 2000 Bowman Chrome rookie card isn’t the most valuable, but it’s certainly one of the biggest movers. Over the last couple days, PSA 10s have been going for about $30,000.
The reason this is a fan favorite is because it’s Brady’s only chrome-style card. That draws a lot of attention. Even though this card wasn’t short-printed, it’s probably the one that’s considered his most iconic. It checks all the criteria when it comes to a great base rookie card.
2000 Leaf Certified
Tom Brady has 44 different rookie cards, and 9 of them came from the same practice or photoshoot where he’s wearing sweatpants. For some reason, I absolutely love this. It’s like no one expected the 199th overall pick to turn into anyone worth remembering. Just snap a few pics of him in his Kohl’s sweatpants, and then the photographers can go back to getting pictures of Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington.
2000 Playoff Prestige
Nearly half of Tom Brady’s rookie cards feature him in his college colors. A whopping 21 cards have Brady in maize and blue, either playing for Michigan or representing them in the Senior Bowl.
It’s kind of a toss-up, but Playoff Prestige gets the nod. It’s an elegant-looking card that blurs the background so that Brady pops in the foreground. Really though, most of his college cards look more or less the same. (Although I vastly prefer the Michigan uniform over the red Senior Bowl outfit.)
2000 SP Authentic
This is probably the most well-known Brady rookie card. Hell, it might be one of the most well-known football cards of all-time. SP Authentic knocked it out of the park with this one.
People love this card and the price reflects that. Recently, PSA 10s have been going for about $50,000. Its print run was limited to 1,250 — so it’s not exactly super rare, but it’s also not widely available. Upper Deck’s SP Authentic line was one of the more premium products in the early 2000s, and it resulted in one of the most coveted Brady rookie cards ever.
2000 Playoff Contenders
Is this the best Tom Brady card on the list? That’s up for debate. Is this the most valuable Tom Brady card on the list? Without a doubt.
This is Tom Brady’s only true autographed non-insert rookie card, and that means that it goes for an absolute boatload of money. Recently, a PSA 10 cleared $500,000 on eBay. Other graded ones have been going for around $100,000. It’s expensive chasing the best. And Tom Brady is certainly, without question, undeniably the best.