2002 Tom Brady map sells for $118,000 at Maine auction house

Brady earned his first Super Bowl ring with a game-winning performance against the St. Louis Rams on Feb. 3, 2002, a night punctuated by Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal.

Troy Thibodeau, owner of Saco River Auction in Scarborough, Maine, confirmed Monday’s sale in a telephone interview Wednesday. The buyer was identified only as a Brady fan from New England.

“Brady’s been hot for a few years now, because I think his card and his memories [were] long undervalued,” Thibodeau said. “The last two years there has been a bump.”

He said his auction house sells Brady items at “almost every sale” and interest is expected to remain high immediately after the legendary signal caller’s release.

“I think because of retirement you’re going to see a new bump,” Thibodeau said, adding that he’ll expect to see another spike in Brady mania when he’s eligible to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Famous in 2027.

“That’s typical of anyone with cards out there,” he said. “It always fluctuates, depending on what’s going on in the world with their career, their Hall of Fame status, if they pass away — all sorts of” reasons.

Thibodeau said it’s unclear when Brady’s next coveted item might go up for auction.

“You never know what you’re going to get,” he said. “We process collections every day of the week. The next big thing could happen today.

While the six-figure sum of the 2002 card may seem high for a mere mortal, the Brady cards went much further.

A Brady rookie card previously sold for a record $2.25 million, a representative from Lelands Auctions told The Globe in May.

The card sold Monday by Saco River Auction was described on the company’s website as “The 2002 Finest Xfractor” card, one of 20 that were produced.

Associated Press material was used in this report.

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