Whether on the field or on a card, Tom Brady has a way of stirring controversy.
No, we’re not talking about the time Tom Brady had some footballs deflated to help him win a game against the Colts in the 2014 season.
No, we aren’t talking about the time the refs ruled a strip fumble as an “incomplete pass” because of the “Tuck Rule,” an obscure rule that essentially said that because Tom Brady's arm was, technically, in some form of motion that it got to be considered a failed pass.
And no, we’re not even talking about the time Tom Brady auctioned off his final TD football just to announce he was un-retiring days later.
Today we’re talking about how an actual, authenticated, “one of one” Tom Brady rookie card just sold for nearly $400,000 on PWCC. But this one of one isn’t the only one of this exact one of one at all! It’s the second one of this same exact one of one! Not confusing at all, right?
So how can there be two graded, authentic versions of a card there should only be one of? No one knows for 100% certain, but we have an idea.
The leading theory is that, oftentimes manufacturers will make multiples of each card, even if there’s meant to just be one. They do this so they could experiment with production or to have some backups in case one gets ruined in the manufacturing process. These cards are not supposed to leave the factory. But it appears that this time an extra one did.
Could this have been a simple accident? Maybe an employee smuggled one out to make some money? I don’t know. All I know for certain is that, if there's a controversy with Tom Brady, it usually means Tom Brady is at least a little involved.