Drew Brees is easily one of the most popular quarterbacks to have ever played professional football. During his college years, he played for Purdue and then became the 32nd pick in the second round during 2001, a year after he graduated college. This doesn't necessarily denote the level of greatness that he would eventually display as a football player. During his early days, he played for the San Diego Chargers, the same team that had drafted him. After the 2005 season, he moved to the New Orleans Saints and continued to play there until his retirement in 2020. It's relatively easy to see why so many people grew to respect him as a player. Out of 10,551 passing attempts, he completed 7,142 of them. He also enjoyed 80,358 passing yards during his career and enjoyed a passer rating of 98.7 percent. He also threw 571 touchdowns, becoming the Super Bowl XLIV champion and MVP. He went to the Pro Bowl 13 times and was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2004. During that time, he also endeared himself to a number of fans by becoming one of the most well-liked players in the game. As such, it's easy to see why his trading cards would command a relatively high price. In fact, you might be surprised at the amount of money that some of these cards are worth. Below are five of the most expensive Drew Brees trading cards in existence. It's likely that at least one or two of them will surprise you.
5. 2001 UD SPX Drew Brees Gold Jersey Auto RC 66/250 PSA 8 ($1,999.00)
Granted, some trading cards are worth more money but you have to remember that this is the one that comes in at number five on the list. When you have the least valuable card on the list and it's still worth almost $2,000, you know that you're probably on to something good. It's also worth noting that this particular card only scored an 8 out of 10 for a PSA score. Had it received a higher score, there is every chance that it might have been worth twice the amount that it actually sold for, perhaps more. The fact that the card was manufactured during his rookie year certainly doesn't hurt anything, either. These days, it's one that a lot of collectors are looking for and it's becoming increasingly difficult to find, which means that the price will likely go up in the future.
4. 2001 Crown Royale #150 Drew Brees Autographed Rookie RC PSA 9 ($2,126.99)
This particular card has quite a few things in its favor and the price tag reflects those facts. First and foremost, the card is autographed. As you probably already know, that drives the price up a great deal, making this particular card worth far more than it would otherwise be. It's also worth noting that there were only about 250 of these cards that were ever made. That automatically makes them worth more money because they're in fairly short supply to begin with. In fact, the only thing the card seems to have going against it is that it scored a 9 out of 10. Had it been rated higher, there is every chance it would have been worth far more money.
3. Drew Brees RC Rookie Autograph 14/199 SP 2001 Pacific Dynagon #102 ($2,033.00)
It's been discussed before how valuable a rookie card can really be, especially when it's one denoting a player that is both well liked and has achieved a great deal on the field. That is certainly the case here. Of course, it also helps that the card was produced in small numbers and that it's autographed. As such, one that's in relatively good condition can get you a decent amount of money, as evidenced from the amount of money that this card is worth. It's also worth noting that this particular card is ungraded and is still worth a significant sum of money. If you happen to have one that is scored at least a 9 out of 10, it would only make sense to assume that it would be worth significantly more.
2. 2001 Topps Chrome Black Refractor Drew Brees #229 PSA 9 ($8,999.00)
Here, you have another rookie card. This particular card scored a 9 out of 10 and managed to be worth a little less than $9,000. Virtually any rookie card that features Drew Brees or any other player of his notoriety is going to command a rather hefty price tag. The thing that really catapults these types of cards into the next level has to do with things such as how many cards were manufactured, the number of cards that are still in circulation and the overall condition of the particular card in question. Aside from an autographed card, it would be hard to beat the price on this one unless you have one that scores a 10 out of 10.
1. 2001 Playoff Contenders Drew Brees RC Rookie Autograph PSA 9.5 ($25,000.00)
Here you have a card that is truly valuable in every sense of the word. It is one that is highly sought after by collectors and it simultaneously has a great deal of monetary value, as you can see. The truth is, this is a card that checks all of the boxes. It's a rookie card and it's autographed. It also scored a 9.5 out of 10, meaning that it's in near-perfect condition. Last but not least, there were only about 500 of these cards that were ever made. All these years later, there are far fewer that are in truly good condition still in circulation.
Written by Dana Hanson
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