Top 10 Tom Brady Rookie Cards
Tom Brady rookie cards are a lot like the rack of chocolate bar rack at the corner store. There's lots to choose from, all of which are good in their own way. It's tough to go wrong. Still, we have our favorites and personal preferences. Ask your wife -- not all chocolate bars are created equal. Just the same, neither are Tom Brady rookies.
With more than 40 to choose from, the options can be daunting. With that in mind, here are our picks for the ten best Tom Brady rookie cards. While value and rarity were taken into consideration, we've also included a couple of picks that are a little more common and not quite as pricey.
At this point, no Tom Brady rookie cards are dirt cheap. That said, with multiple Super Bowl rings on his hands and his name becoming increasingly common in the record books, his legacy is cemented. When it comes to risk, there's not a lot with this modern legend's first cards.
Top 10 Tom Brady Rookie Cards
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Fleer's E-X line is one of the hobby's overlooked gems. All used different card stock to stand out from the crowded field of competitors. And while the brand does have its fans, it failed to breakout with mainstream appeal. The 2000 E-X Tom Brady has a clean design and a clear photo (because everyone wants a sharp shot of a quarterback's track pants). Numbered to 1500, it's somewhat rare but not impossible to find.
The 2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady rookie card is one of the few to have an in-game action shot. Combine that with the card's brand recognition and you've got the best of Brady's lower-end rookies. Refractors are also very popular with collectors.
Pictured as a member of the Michigan Wolverines, the 2000 Donruss Elite Tom Brady is another card that benefits from belonging to a brand with a history in the hobby. The foil-based card is numbered to 1500. And while a lot of the Elite designs blend together, this one stands out a little more than most.
Limited to just 750 numbered copies, the 2000 Playoff Momentum Tom Brady ranks among his rarer first-year cards. The etched foil background gives it a washboard look. The card is bright and certainly stands out from many of his other rookies. With Panini reviving the Momentum name, the brand as a whole could strengthen in the coming years and give this card a bit of a bump.
The only reason the 2000 Pacific Private Stock Tom Brady breaks the top 10 is because it's got the lowest serial number. Hindered by an ugly run through the Photoshop filters, the quarterback looks like he's ready to shoot laser beams from his eyeballs. As cool as the thought of laser beams is, it makes for a pretty ugly card. That said, with just 278 numbered copies, it's legitimately rare and garners solid attention on the secondary market.
A colorful foil look and extremely low numbering are what make the 2000 Leaf Limited To Brady stand out. With just 350 numbered copies, it's one of his rarest cards. Because it was one of the final releases of the year, it's also bolstered by an in-action photo.
There's a lot going on with the 2000 Pacific Revolution design. The background mixes gold, blue, red and black, not to mention rainbow lettering. It probably shouldn't work, but it does. It hurts that Brady isn't pictured in his Patriots uniform but neither do many of his rookies. With a print run of 300, it's his second rarest rookie.
Despite having a print run of more than three times other cards on the list, the 2000 SPx Tom Brady remains one of the best options for collectors. Numbered to 1350, it has a high-tech feel and a premium design.
The SP Authentic name has long been popular with several types of collectors. Set builders, player collectors and rookie card collectors all vied for a relatively small number of cards. Basic supply and demand principles mean that prices of the 2000 SP Authentic Tom Brady rookie card outpace many of his much rarer rookies that don't have quite the brand appeal.
It's hard to believe that Tom Brady has just one autographed rookie card. He has a handful of signed inserts from various sets, but the iconic 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady is the only official rookie with his signature. Although it is not numbered, 2000 Playoff Contenders comes with the distinct Rookie Ticket theme, further boosting its appeal.