Tom Brady made history as he became the first signal-caller to throw 600 touchdown passes after leading his team to a 38-3 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
After catching Tom Brady’s 600th touchdown pass, wide receiver Mike Evans, who was clearly unaware of the record, jumped into the stands and handed the ball to a fan identified as 29-year-old Byron Kennedy, per Luke Easterling of USA Today.
A Bucs staffer quickly went over and negotiated with the fan to get that ball back. At first the fan was hesitant, knowing the value that the historic ball could fetch at an auction. He seriously had no cle what he handed back to that staffer.
“I knew how much it meant to Tom and I was willing to trade”, per a tweet by Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times.
After the game, the 44-year-old Brady told the media that Kennedy “would get something nice in return.
According to Ken Goldin, founder and executive chairman of Goldin Auctions, and Chris Ivy of Heritage Auction said the 600th touchdown ball could fetch a minimum $500,000 at an auction.
However, Ezra Klein of Collectible.com, a sports memorabilia expert, stated that fan likely gave back a ball that could’ve fetched him $750,000.
“Ezra Levine, CEO of the sports memorabilia investment platform Collectible declared the ball worth “easily $500,000-plus” and probably “closer to $750,000.”
The ball from Brady’s first touchdown pass was sold for more than $428,000 so Levine expects the 600 TD game ball would go for a higher price.
For the game, Brady completed 20 of 36 passes for 211 yards with four touchdowns – three to Evans — and no interceptions.