The New England Patriots are one of the National Football League's most historic franchises as they were founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots as they were originally apart of the American Football League, but then they moved to the NFL in the 1970 AFL-NFL merge. Fun fact: the Patriots play in the Greater Boston area, and they got their team name from the area's heritage as the birthplace for the American Revolution. As of 2021, the Patriots have won the AFC East division a total of 22 different times, and they have won the Super Bowl a total of 6 different times. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Tom Brady, John Hannah, Rob Gronkowski, Richard Seymour, Wes Welker, and countless others. Because of their impact on the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. Recently we've discovered that some of these Patriots jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Patriots jerseys ever sold to date:
5. Richard Seymour Signed Jersey - $36
Richard Seymour was an absolute dominate force to be reckoned with whenever he stepped foot onto the football field, and his style of play made him a fan favorite during his time in New England. In his career with the Patriots, Seymour was able to make 5 Pro Bowls, he made 3 All-Pro First-Team Selections, have an Approximate Value of 85, and he was able to help the Patriots win 3 Super Bowl championships. Fun fact: Seymour was also a key contributor for the Patriots special teams throughout his career, as Seymour was able to block several field goals, as the most notable one came against the Tennessee Titans in the 2003 AFC divisional round of the playoffs. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the 2017 November 12th Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction, as the jersey was sold for $36.
4. 1976-1981 John Hannah Game Worn Jersey - $1,135
John Hannah is considered to be one of the greatest offensive lineman in the history of the Patriots and of all-time in NFL history, as Hannah was a durable anchor for a record-setting rushing attack. 1978 was the NFL's first season where each team played 16 games in the regular season, and in that 1978 season the Patriots ran for a still-record 3,165 yards. In his career Hannah was able to make it to 9 Pro Bowls, he made 7 All-Pro First-Team's, he had an Approximate Value of 147, and he was inducted into the National Football League's Hall of Fame in 1991. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey was sold for $1,135, and the jersey was sold on November 7th, 2014.
3. 2010 Wes Welker Game Worn Jersey - $2,220
Even though Wes Welker was only with the Patriots for only 6 seasons, during his time with the Patriots the slot receiver was able to change the course of football as we know it today. Fun fact: Walker was only 5'9 and 185 pounds, but he had absolutely no fear in running through anyone that stood in his pathway to the end zone. Walker is currently the Patriots all-time franchise leader in receptions with a total of 672, receptions per game with 7.2, and receiving yards per game with 80.2. In his career with the Patriots, Walker made 5 Pro Bowls, he was named to 2 All-Pro First-Team's, and he had an Approximate Value of 86. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Fall Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey sold for $2,220 and the jersey was sold on December 12th, 2020.
2. 2013 Rob Gronkowski Game Worn Jersey - $16,200
Rob Gronkowski was a man of the people, as he was one of the rare professional athletes who was constantly on television in a fun, positive, and energetic way as he was a cultural phenomenon who was seen doing night club dances, on party cruises, and doing his immaculate touchdown spike celebrations whenever he scored in a game. Gronk did deal with injuries throughout his career, as he was considered to be the biggest asterisk of "If he stays healthy". In his career with the Patriots, Gronk had an Approximate Value of 82, he made 5 Pro Bowls, he was named to 4 All-Pro First-Team selections, and he helped the Patriots win 3 Super Bowl titles, as him and Tom Brady were the ultimate one-two punch as the two of them clicked very well with each other on the field to the team have the ultimate success. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Winter Platinum Night Sports Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey sold for $16,200 and the jersey was sold on February 27th, 2021.
1. 2011 Tom Brady Game Worn Jersey - $46,000
Tom Brady is not only the greatest player in the history of the New England Patriots franchise, but he is the greatest quarterback to have ever picked up a football. Brady was always known to be clutch in the dramatic, as he was the king of the comeback, as he led numerous key comebacks for the Patriots to help them win many important games in the regular season and in the post season. Fun Fact: Brady is the oldest quarterback in NFL history to have ever won a Super Bowl championship for his team. In Brady's career with the Patriots, he had an Approximate Value of 269, he won 3 different NFL Most Valuable Player Awards, he made 14 Pro Bowls, he was named to 3 All-Pro First Team's, and he helped the Patriots win 6 Super Bowl Championships. Brady also accomplished the feat of eclipsing passing for 70,000 yards and passing for 500 touchdowns in his career, and at the rate he is going, he has more years left in the tank to do even more damage. Brady wore this jersey that was sold at Auction during one his many late game comebacks that he had throughout his career in a game in 2011 against the Dallas Cowboys. His jersey was sold at auction for a total of $46,000.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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