Every Saturday I would run to McCrory’s, allowance in hand. The clerk knew my mission as I barreled through the doors. Straight to the novelty candy aisle I moved. For that was where the Topps football cards waited.
A Picture Of A GOAT
Reported in People magazine on Thursday, a Tom Brady 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket football card sold for 1.2 million dollars. Making it the highest-selling football card ever.
The card is one of only 100 in existence. Better check those card collections. There are still 99 cards out there and wouldn’t it be great if you had one.
Still On Top
The Brady card sets the bar pretty high. This, after Patrick Mahomes had just set the record back in February. When a rookie card of the former Texas Tech Red Raider sold for 861,000 thousand dollars.
The Chiefs quarterback was drafted 10th overall in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. The Buccaneers quarterback, Brady was drafted 199th overall in the 6th round of the 2000 draft. Brady, like the Bucs defense in SBLV, still has Mahomes covered.
The Good Ole Days
Never understood the whole “cards in the bicycle wheel spokes” thing. But trading those cards was hot. Before Pokémon, Dungeons and Dragons, and fantasy football. Getting together and trading football cards was everything.
Bob Griese for Lee Roy Selmon. Multiple Doug Williams cards, just because he was the Buccaneers quarterback. Ricky Bell’s card with a smile that told you the character he had. Every card told a story. For Buccaneers fans, the story was one of perseverance and determination. Those cards were everything in a 10yr olds universe.
That Chalky, Flavorless Gum
We remember that square, monolith of gum included in every pack. It possessed some mystery flavor the first moment in your mouth. It would then turn to rubber within minutes. But that didn’t matter. The gum was a metaphor for life. While we anxiously perused the pack of professional players we now owned. The chewing was our “game faces”. Allowing one to analyze the booty in our possession. And who we would be offering for trade. If they weren’t Buccaneers, then everything was on the table.
So raid your niece, nephew, daughters, or sons card collections. You might just find a Patriots quarterback in there like I did. Then it’s the easy life for the foreseeable future. Unless your me. Because it’s not Tom Brady, but Steve Grogan. Which makes the 10yr old me want to run straight to my friend Chris’ house. His entire family was from Boston and he was a sucker for New England cards. I bet he’d give me a David Logan, or Mark Cotney for this card. There’s one born every minute.