Rookie Card Year: 2000
Investment Rating: 8.0
His on-field success and red carpet lifestyle off the field has virtually guaranteed that Tom Brady cards and memorabilia are safe investments. In addition, playing in a major market like Boston and being a University of Michigan alumni 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 four-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
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.
This is certainly not one 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 of a lot of Tom Brady collections.
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.
Tom Brady Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
- 2000 Bowman #236
- 2000 Collector's Edge Supreme #176 #/2000
- 2000 Donruss #230 #/1325
- 2000 Fleer Tradition #352
- 2000 Leaf Quantum Leaf #343
- 2000 Metal #267
- 2000 Pacific #403
- 2000 Pacific Aurora #84
- 2000 Pacific Crown Royale #110
- 2000 Pacific Paramount #138
- 2000 Score #316
- 2000 SkyBox Dominion #234
- 2000 SkyBox Impact #27
- 2000 Ultra #234
- 2000 Upper Deck Encore #254
- 2000 Upper Deck Victory #326
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 2000 Bowman Chrome #236
- 2000 Donruss Elite #183 #/1500
- 2000 E-X #122 #/1500
- 2000 Fleer Mystique #103 #/2000
- 2000 Fleer Showcase #136 #/2000
- 2000 Leaf Certified #207 #/1500
- 2000 Leaf Rookies and Stars #134 #/1000
- 2000 Pacific Omega #191 #/500 w/ Chris Redman
- 2000 Pacific Prism Prospects #156 #/1000
- 2000 Pacific Private Stock Retail #128 #/650
- 2000 Pacific Vanguard #139 #/762
- 2000 Playoff Absolute #195 #/3000
- 2000 Playoff Momentum #180 #/750
- 2000 Playoff Prestige #286 #/2500
- 2000 UD Graded #104 #/1325
- 2000 UD Ionix #77 #/2000
- 2000 Ultimate Victory #146 #/2000
- 2000 Upper Deck #254
- 2000 Upper Deck Black Diamond #126 #/2400
- 2000 Upper Deck Gold Reserve #215 #/2500
Premium Rookie Cards
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
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:
- Over-sized letter "T", not connected
- Scribbled "om"
- Pronounced "B"
- Line coming off the letter "B" into a looping motion for the letter "y"
- Often accompanied by his jersey number "12"
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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.
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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
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
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