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Tom Brady rookie card fetches big bucks

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If you tossed Tom Brady’s rookie card into the trash in 2000, no one would have blamed you. The sixth round pick out of the University of Michigan didn’t figure to become the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

But that’s exactly what he is, so it’s no surprise that Brady’s rookie card — the Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket championship version — has sold for $250,000 on eBay. First reported by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the sale set a new record for the highest sum paid for a Brady collectible. (The previous high was a game-used jersey, which fetched $57,500 last February.)

Rick Probstein, who sells sports memorabilia on eBay, listed the card for Brady collector Joe Prizio, who says he bought the card three years ago for $15,000.

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“I wanted to enjoy Brady cards, but I also wanted to make good investments,” Prizio told Rovell. “Brady, in the card world, is now being mentioned in the same breath as [Michael] Jordan and Mickey Mantle.”