Tom Brady’s Last “Pre-Retirement” TD Pass Football Sells for $129k and Willie Mays’ 1953 Topps Card Original Artwork Fetches $246k in the Lelands Summer Classic Auction

New York, NY, Sept. 19, 2022 – Tom Brady’s final “pre-retirement” touchdown pass football sold for $129,658 and the original artwork for Willie Mays’1953 Topps card garnered $246,968 in the Lelands 2022 Summer Classic Auction, which closed on Sept. 17.

Up for bid again was the football from the Bucs playoff defeat to the Rams on January 23, 2022 that Brady threw for presumably his last NFL TD before initially announcing his retirement last February, only to return 40 days later, and one day after Lelands had “sold” the ball at auction. Following Brady’s unretirement, Lelands voided the original sale.

The original artwork of the “Say Hey Kid” used to create card #244 in the 1953 Topps set is spectacular. The piece was consigned by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, with all proceeds dedicated to helping children receive the best medical care possible.

The auction also featured a hobby fresh Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps signed rookie card ($165,479), a 2000 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket #144 Tom Brady Autograph card ($155,584), a Wilt Chamberlain 1968-73 Lakers game-worn warmup jacket ($96,752), and a rare Sam Crawford game-used bat ($73,798).

Additional highlights included a 2017 Topps Chrome UEFA Soccer #93 Christiano Ronaldo Champions League with ball Red Refractor card ($65,852), a 1936 Yankees team signed baseball ($65,394), a Bill Russell 1964-65 Celtics game-used warmup jacket ($59,396), and a Roberto Clemente 1968 Topps 3D PSA 8 ($50,416).

Other notable lots included a 1961 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain PSA 8 ($42,491), a Babe Ruth PSA 10 cut auto ($42,079), a Babe Ruth signed baseball PSA 8 ($37,620), and a Peyton Manning 2014 Broncos game-worn jersey ($35,736).

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Established in 1985, Lelands is the world’s first sports memorabilia and card auction house, and the premier appraisers and authenticators in the entire sports hobby. Its founder, the late Josh Leland Evans, was a pioneer in the field and acknowledged by his peers as the most knowledgeable figure in sports memorabilia. Renowned in his own right, Evans’s long-time partner Michael Heffner continues Lelands’ four decade tradition of personal customer service and maximizing results for clients. Lelands has handled many of the largest landmark auctions, achieving world-record prices for countless cards and iconic memorabilia including a Tom Brady rookie card ($3.1 million), Babe Ruth's 1927 Yankees World Series ring ($2.09 million), Ruth’s 1919 "Curse of the Bambino" signed contract ($2.3 million), and a 1920 Ruth Yankees jersey ($4.5 million). For more information, visit