While there’s little doubt the record will be broken once again in the near future given the way trading card valuations have been trending these past few years, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is now the subject of the most expensive NFL football card ever sold. The price? A cool US$4.3 million (AU$5.8 million) – the hammer price for this week’s auction record-breaker – dethroning a 2000 Tom Brady Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket, selling for US$2.2 million ($AU2.6 million) earlier this year.
This represents the 4th largest sum ever fetched by a sports card, clearly demonstrating just how ridiculous the market is right now and raking in a considerable amount of cash for the largest trading card marketplace in the world, PWCC Marketplace, and was hosted just outside of Chicago for the National Sports Collectors Convention.
The:one-of-one, autographed 2017 National Treasures Platinum card with the Patrick Mahomes’ impression was acquired by Ohio retailer, LJ’s Card Shop, with a spokesperson describing the NFL trading card as “truly a piece of card.” The collectible was graded 8.5 by BGS (Beckett Grading Services) which, for the uninitiated, is pretty much the global standard of high-end trading cards and confirms condition, authenticity, and value.
Patrick Mahomes, who is now in his fifth year with the Chiefs, is already being hailed as the “next Tom Brady” amongst NFL fans, so it makes sense the 25-year-old quarterback’s card value would shoot past the GOAT. After all, Mahomes is the youngest quarterback in NFL history to start in two Super Bowls and already has an MVP award to his name, echoing what is already one of the most impressive portfolios in the sport.
My goodness 🤯 https://t.co/iCGgDa2dnL— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 28, 2021
Investing in a young player’s trading card is very much like investing in an obscure artist’s work. In that scene, it’s a risk.
As PWCC director of business development Jesse Craig puts it, “… there’s inherently more risk whenever you invest into a player who is still active and young. Mahomes could get injured tomorrow. He could also win another MVP and Super Bowl.”
“What we realized about modern players is that [fans] like to feel invested in them when they step on the field or court.”
And look, Craig clearly knows what he’s talking about. PWCC Marketplace has now brokered three of the four top sports card sales in history, which have all taken place since January 2021. This includes a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle, and a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection LeBron James RPA with a rookie patch autograph. This NFL Shield Patrick Mahomes trading card is joining some elite company.