Tom Brady retired — again — on Wednesday, finishing his career with seven Super Bowl titles and a slew of NFL records. He’s so acclaimed an athlete that someone is auctioning off a bottle of sand from the beach where he made his retirement video. And the price has skyrocketed to $100,000.
Sports fans are known to pay a pretty penny for a wide range of memorabilia, from game-worn jerseys to other personal items that border on the line of weird — the tissue from Lionel Messi’s Barcelona farewell, perhaps? The superstar quarterback is no stranger to auction history. In 2021, his rookie card sold for a record $3.1 million, which broke his own previous record set just a few months earlier.
Brady previously announced his retirement a year ago, citing a desire to spend time with loved ones and a lack of ability to give the sport his all. He changed his mind and rejoined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a month later.
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How is someone selling sand from Tom Brady’s retirement announcement?
A user by the name of gadgetgs went on eBay to sell the sand. They posted a picture of a bottle of the sand with the same buildings in the background that were featured in Brady’s retirement video. They also included a picture of the New York Times newspaper dated Feb. 1 to ensure that the sand was, in fact, from the same time that Brady announced he was hanging up his cleats.
gadgetgs has a 100% positive feedback rate from 489 reviews on eBay and has sold 55 items since joining the auction site in 2009. They are also selling hand soaps on their account.
How many jars of Tom Brady’s retirement sand are for sale?
There is one jar for sale under gadgetgs’ listing. There are two jars of sand in the listing’s photos, but the seller says they are only letting go of one. The other jar they are offering to Boston Connor of the “Pat McAfee Show,” who is a big Brady fan.
How much is the sand from Tom Brady’s retirement video selling for?
As of Saturday afternoon, 119 people had bid on the sand with the current bid at $99,900. So the next bidder would have to offer $100,000 to win. The owner started the bidding at $677 in honor of the total of passing and rushing touchdowns Brady scored in his 23-year career.
There are several other listings on eBay claiming to sell sand from Brady’s retirement video that have photos of just the buildings or the same photo of a mason jar as gadgetgs’ listing. Bids range from $33 to $10,000.
gadgetgs made the claim that their sand is unique in that they collected the memorabilia mere hours after Brady posted his video.
“You will find no other listing like this, no one else took a sample on Feb 1st after the GOAT posted his real retirement,” the listing said. “You will be owning the very land the GOAT retired on.”
Where was Tom Brady standing for his retirement announcement?
Brady shared the news of his retirement from a beach in Surfside in north Miami, according to the Miami Herald. The location is close to Indian Creek Village, an exclusive island where he and Gisele Bündchen, then his wife, purchased property together in 2020.
When does the auction end for Tom Brady’s retirement sand?
Bidding will close for the sand on Feb. 12, the same day as Super Bowl 57.