The ramifications of Tampa Bay Buccaneers legendary quarterback Tom Brady‘s announcement regarding regretting his retirement from the NFL after just 40 days from the announcement of his departure after 22 NFL seasons has affected several branches of the sport, including the impending start of free agency, but it’s not just that aspect that has been affected.
The story of an auction with an unfortunate outcome
Last Sunday, we reported to you in a story that the ball that was presumed to have been Brady’s last career touchdown pass, the one in which he combined with Mike Evans in the game in which the Bucs were eliminated during the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs to the eventual champions Los Angeles Rams, was auctioned off and the “winner” of it had acquired the prized memorabilia for $518,628.
The thing is, that auction happened when Brady was retired, or at least we all thought so, but a few hours later the seven-time Super Bowl winner, wrote on his Twitter account that he would be playing his 23rd season in the NFL and that he would be playing in Tampa Bay, which made the aforementioned person’s investment a likely disaster from the ball’s value standpoint.
It’s not a deflated ball, but it did lose value
Upon returning to the field, it is practically a fact, months away from being consummated, that that 55-yard touchdown run with 3:20 to play in the last quarter of the game at Raymond James Stadium will not be the last touchdown run in TB12’s career, which will lower the value of the ball considerably.
Trying to be even-handed, the person will always have the last touchdown pass before Brady’s first retirement with him, although that statement doesn’t sound as valuable as Brady’s last touchdown pass.
While this technically cannot be considered a scam, clearly whoever acquired the ball is not having the best of days.