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    2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Tom Brady Rookie #144 (34/100) BGS NM-MT+ 8.5 Auto 10. If there had been any doubters left, Super Bowl LV silenced them forever. The quarterback who had shepherded the New England Patriots to six NFL Championships left behind that NFL juggernaut and its legendary coach for the franchise with the lowest winning percentage in league history and proceeded to lead them to Vince Lombardi's promised land in his first season under center. In displacing Michael Jordan from their shared throne with his seventh championship ring, a forty-three-year old Tom Brady set a new standard for athletic greatness and ensured for himself a brand of immortality that even the certainty of his future first-ballot Hall of Fame induction couldn't possibly supply.

    The final chapter of this epic tale has yet to be written, and Brady still has three naked fingers left and the apparent will to adorn them in gold and gemstones, Father Time be damned. Only a handful of living sports fans can claim that they saw Babe Ruth play the game, and it's a certainty that one day the elderly will be telling stories to their great-grandchildren of the time they saw Tom Brady in the flesh.

    Who can imagine what this remarkable commemorative, the most desirable of all Brady rookie cards, will be worth then? The "modern" trading card market has been on a rocket ship to the Moon in recent months with no signs of slowing, and the limited edition of just one hundred examples of this flagship Brady entry in The Standard Catalog ensures demand will always colossally outstrip the supply.

    There was little reason at the time of production to believe that this would be one of the most coveted cards of the new millennium, as Brady was the 199th selection in the 2000 NFL draft and began that rookie season as a fourth-stringer behind starter Drew Bledsoe and backups John Friesz and Michael Bishop. He'd work his way to number two on the depth chart by season's end, completing a single pass that year for six yards in three attempts.

    He'll crest the 80,000-yard mark next season, and claim the career passing yardage record from a retired Drew Brees. The record for most career touchdown passes is already his, quite possibly for eternity. Melt down all his various awards and you could construct an aircraft carrier with metal to spare. In the most demanding and commanding position in the entirety of American sports, there is one true, undeniable king, and long may he reign.

    Of the seventy-five examples of that monarch's premier rookie card submitted to Beckett for assessment, only seven have earned a Mint 9 rating. There are no 9.5 cards, nor any 10 cards. None could surpass the perfect 10 rating assigned to the twenty-three-year old's black sharpie signature applied to this card's surface. When you consider that Michael Jordan's iconic Fleer rookie regularly commands over a half-million dollars for each of its 300+ PSA/DNA Gem Mint 10 entries, the ceiling for this spectacular rarity is positively stratospheric.

    Subgrades: Centering 10, Edges 8.5, Corners 8.5, Surface 8.


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