Tom Brady’s Last TD Ball Has Been Declared Void; Owner Ends Up With $500,000 Down The Drain

Published 04/15/2022, 9:45 AM EDT
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on January 02, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Buccaneers defeated the Jets 28-24. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

While the entire NFL world was happy with Tom Brady returning to the game after a 40-days retirement, there was one person who was upset with the decision. It was the same person who won the bid to acquire Brady’s last touchdown pass ball. However, Brady making a comeback will no longer entitle the ball as his last TD ball.

Subsequently, the auction conducted for the same has been declared void all thanks to the mutual agreement between the buyer, consigner, and Lelands Auctions.

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Brady’s last touchdown ball was auctioned for an expensive deal

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB wouldn’t have returned, the NFC divisional round match against the Los Angeles Rams in 2022 was supposed to be his last match in the NFL. Brady threw the ball 55 yards to wide receiver Mike Evans. Later the wide receiver threw the same into the stands, and a lucky fan caught it, then decided to put it up for auction.

As expected, the ball was auctioned for a crazy amount of $518,000 from an unnamed buyer on March 13. However, all his happiness remained for a few hours only. Within 24 hours after the deal got finalized, Brady announced his unretirement and vowed to play with Tampa Bay to complete his unfinished business.

Well, it is a fair ask for any buyer to withdraw the deal citing the present situation. On Thursday, Jeffrey Lichtman, the unnamed buyer’s lawyer, said he was very unhappy about Brady coming out of retirement and said he wanted Lelands, the auctioneer, to void the sale. Luckily, the transaction never worked out as the buyer had not paid for the ball yet.

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According to Lichtman, calling the ball Brady’s last TD pass would be inaccurate in today’s condition. “At the time, it was an honest description,” Lichtman told the Action Network. “Had they described it as his last one, as of now, there would have been little recourse. But the way they described it, it was definitive.” Lichtman added to his statement. Meanwhile, the consigner who owns the ball is again planning to auction the ball through the same house.

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Tom Brady gearing up for the upcoming season after having a blast in 2021

While Brady announced his retirement earlier this year, he was coming out of a successful campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had thrown for a career-high 5,316 yards 43 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, leading Tampa Bay to a 13–4 regular-season record.

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The 15-time Pro Bowl now gets a second chance to rewrite the records by entering the 23rd NFL season of his career. The quarterback will be chasing an eighth Super Bowl title after spending his first 20 seasons with the Patriots.

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Deepesh Nair

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Deepesh Nair is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Having started his career in journalism as a trending news writer, he has published around 500 articles for various media portals. Although Deepesh comes from a Computer Science background, his fondness for writing has persuaded him to create his career in it.

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