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Tom Brady Football Cards, Rookie Card Checklist and Memorabilia Guide

Tom Brady

Date of Birth: 8/3/1977
Rookie Card Year: 2000
Investment Rating: 8.5


His on-field success and red carpet-lifestyle off the field has virtually guaranteed that Tom Brady rookie cards and memorabilia are safe investments. In addition, playing in a major market like Boston and being a University of Michigan alum means Brady has tons of fans and collectors and, for most, interest starts with his earliest cards. All of his rookie cards debuted in 2000, and the most notable release is his card from 2000 Playoff Contenders. It is the only autographed Tom Brady rookie card and commands big dollars on the secondary market.

Despite the large number of cards produced during his rookie campaign, high-grade samples continue to increase in value. Being a five-time Super Bowl Champion in New England means your autographed material is always in demand. Single-signed and team-signed balls from the championship years also carry a premium.

The guide below highlights a few of Tom Brady's most important rookies cards. See the full rookie card checklist on the tab above and enjoy a detailed list of the best overall options with our comprehensive Tom Brady rookie card top list.

Top Tom Brady Rookie Football Cards

2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady RC #144 Autograph

Tom Brady's definitive rookie card, it is his only one that's autographed. As such, it commands top dollar on the secondary market. Featuring a young Brady in a classic drop-back stance, the Rookie Ticket motif is a collector favorite. His popularity amongst fans and collectors creates huge demand for this card that cannot keep up with supply.

2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady RC #236

2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady RC

This is certainly not his most expensive, but it's definitely one of the most popular Tom Brady rookie cards. Featuring the iconic Chrome stock and being part of the Bowman brand ensures that this card is a staple in a lot of Tom Brady collections.

2000 Leaf Limited #378 Tom Brady RC #/350

2000 Leaf Limited Tom Brady

This is one of Tom Brady's most limited rookie cards, hence the name. With just 350 serial numbered copies in existence, much of its value comes from its rarity.

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Rookie Cards

Tom Brady Rookie Card Checklist

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Autograph Guide

Tom Brady Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find examples of what an authentic Tom Brady autograph looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Tristar and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Cut Signature Exemplar

Cut Signature Exemplar

Tom Brady Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Tom Brady signature will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. Over-sized letter "T", not connected
  2. Scribbled "om"
  3. Pronounced "B"
  4. Line coming off the letter "B" into a looping motion for the letter "y"
  5. Often accompanied by his jersey number "12"

Signed Football Pricing:

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Signed Jersey Pricing:

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Signed 8x10 Photo Pricing:

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Signed Helmet Pricing (Full-size and Mini):

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Fan Shop

Tom Brady Fan Shop Apparel and Souvenir Guide

Due to Tom Brady's tenured career, he has a wide array of jerseys and other NFL licensed apparel available. Additionally, fan shop items ranging from bobbleheads to home and office decor make great gifts, with something for the fan or collector on your list. Brady has played with just one NFL team, the New England Patriots. He led the Michigan Wolverines during is collegiate days. Jerseys and other items can be found for both of the teams that he has played for in his career.

Jerseys and Apparel

Manufacturers: Nike, Reebok, Adidas

Nike is currently the licensed provider of NFL jerseys. However, the league has also had licenses with Reebok and Adidas. Tom Brady's earlier New England patriots jersey's were made by Reebok, while the majority of his collegiate jerseys from Michigan were made by Adidas.

The current Nike jerseys are available in three styles each with lightweight and moisture-resistant fabric. Nike's Game jersey has numbers that are screen printed and is perfect for everyday wear. The Nike Limited jersey is a higher quality design, with a tailored fit and twill numbers. Nike's Elite jersey is the closest thing you can find to what the pros wear every game. With features that include twill numbers, airflow ventilation, and a durable, stretch-resistant material, you'll look like a pro.

 Tom Brady Jersey Road  Tom Brady Jersey Throwback

Bobbleheads and Figures

Like other players of his stature, Tom Brady has been immortalized in 3D likeness with numerous bobbleheads, figures, and toys. Some of the more popular being his bobbleheads by Forever Collectibles and Fanatics along with his SportsPicks action figures from McFarlane.

Manufacturers: Forever Collectibles, Fanatics, McFarlane SportsPicks, Oyo, Starting Lineups, Upper Deck

Tom Brady Bobble Head  Tom Brady McFarlane

Photographs, Framed Pieces and Posters

The most important thing to keep in mind when buying any kind of NFL photograph is that it be officially licensed by the league. This can, typically, be determined by whether or not the image comes with an NFL hologram. Some of the more notable rights holders are listed below.

Rights Holders: PhotoFile, ProLook, Highland Mint, Mounted Memories, Tristar

Tom Brady Photo  Tom Brady Poster

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

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