In a stroke of luck, a card collector from Minnesota recently stumbled upon a truly exceptional piece – a one-of-a-kind Topps Tom Brady Montreal Expos Superfractor card, personally autographed by the football legend himself. Now, you may be wondering, how does a football player end up on a baseball card? It turns out that before Tom became a household name in the NFL, he was a highly skilled high school baseball player, specifically a left-handed power hitter and catcher. Surprisingly, the Montreal Expos, a baseball team, even selected him in the 18th round of the MLB draft back in 1995.
Of course, we all know that Tom Brady ultimately chose another path and decided to pursue a college education at the University of Michigan. As fate would have it, he was selected in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft, leading him to a glorious career in football. However, in a nod to what could have been, Fanatics, Brady, and Topps collaborated to reimagine the alternate timeline where Tom pursued baseball. Thus, they released a series of rare Brady/Expos cards, including the incredibly unique and highly sought-after Superfractor. This particular card, pulled by collectors at Triple Diamond Sports Breaks, has been appraised to potentially be worth a staggering six-figure sum.
If you were hoping to get your hands on this extraordinary collectible, unfortunately, you are out of luck. However, there is still another card in existence that not only bears Tom Brady’s signature but also features the inscription, “If baseball doesn’t work out, there’s always football.” This card has garnered so much attention and desire that a collector has set a bounty of $500k for its acquisition.
Not only did Topps create these remarkable cards, but they also had a bit of fun at Tom’s expense, enlisting the help of New York Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree. Additionally, the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum took part in the imagination exercise by designing and sharing a Brady Hall of Fame plaque. After all, given Tom’s immense talent and work ethic, who can doubt that he would have become one of the all-time greats in baseball as well? Major League Baseball, with the assistance of Pedro Martinez, Vlad Guerrero Sr., and Larry Walker, even produced a commercial portraying Brady’s hypothetical baseball career, fittingly set in an alternate universe.
Ultimately, with seven Super Bowl rings and a remarkable 23-season-long career as an elite quarterback, it is undeniable that Tom Brady made the right decision in pursuing football. However, it is still entertaining to imagine the extraordinary possibilities that may have unfolded had he dedicated himself to the world of baseball. For collectors and fans alike, the dream of owning a piece of this fantastical narrative comes alive with these rare and imaginative cards, offering a whimsical glimpse into what could have been.