That miss­ing Brady jersey could be worth $500,000

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - SCOTT SOSHNICK

Tom Brady’s Su­per Bowl jersey is miss­ing, and it may be worth as much as half a mil­lion dol­lars.

After lead­ing New Eng­land to an over­time vic­tory in the Na­tional Foot­ball League cham­pi­onship on Sun­day, Brady re­ported that his No. 12 game jersey was nowhere to be found. That white top has sen­ti­men­tal value to Brady, and then some — it would be worth up to $500,000 if sold, said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auc­tions in New Jersey.

“He is the most pop­u­lar and most col­lectible foot­ball player ever,” Goldin said. The bid­ding would start, he said, at $300,000. “He likely comes right after Michael Jordan in terms of ath­letes who have played in the past 40 years.”

Brady, the Su­per Bowl Most Valu­able Player, was paid $44.1 mil­lion in salary and en­dorse­ments last year, ac­cord­ing to Forbes, mak­ing him the 15th high­est-paid ath­lete. He took the loss of his jersey in stride at Mon­day’s news con­fer­ence after he re­ceived the MVP award.

“Those are pretty spe­cial ones to keep, but what can you do,” Brady said. “I’ll take the ring, and that’s good enough for me.”

Brady was fourth on the jersey sales list this past sea­son, trail­ing a trio of rook­ies: Cow­boys team­mates Ezekiel El­liott and Dak Prescott, and Carson Wentz of the Ea­gles.

New Eng­land’s 34-28 win over the At­lanta Fal­cons gave Brady his fifth Su­per Bowl ti­tle, a record among quar­ter­backs. Brady couldn’t find his jersey in the locker-room after the game, telling team owner Bob Kraft that some­one had stolen it.

DARRON CUMMINGS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This Tom Brady Su­per Bowl jersey went miss­ing from the Pa­tri­ots’ locker-room.

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