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Auction of Tom Brady’s “Last” TD Ball Voided Following Return

On February 1, 2022, quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement. On March 12, his last touchdown ball was sold at an auction for $518,000. And the following night, Brady announced that he was coming out of retirement.

Not even 24 hours had elapsed from the time the ball was sold to the ball becoming worthless. Understandably, the buyer was “genuinely mortified” according to their lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, but now, their fears have been extinguished: the sale will be voided.

A settlement was reached between Lichtman and his client — the buyer — and Lelands Auctions of Old Bridge, New Jersey, which will void the entire $518,000 sale. This was mainly able to occur for two reasons: the item was described as “Tom Brady’s  Last Touchdown Football” which was no longer true, and the buyer had simply won the ball at auction and hadn’t yet paid any money to Lelands.

“At the time, it was an honest description,” Lichtman said. “Had they described it as [Brady’s] last one, as of now, there would have been little recourse. But the way they described it, it was definitive.”

After Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans chucked Tom Brady’s then-final touchdown ball into the stands in the NFC divisional round game against the L.A. Rams, a lucky fan caught it and put it up for auction. Now, that fan will receive the ball back; they must be pretty disappointed now that he will not be getting paid big time.

What do you think of Tom Brady’s return to the NFL, and the voiding of this sale? Let us know, by either leaving a reaction below or by sending us a tweet at @celebsecrets.

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  • Chris Kirsch

    Chris is a sports culture writer for Celeb Secrets. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, he has been writing ever since he could pick up a pen. He also loves traveling, gaming and pizza, and can tell you a thing or two about each. Follow Chris on Twitter @chriskirsch01 to be informed of new articles!

Chris is a sports culture writer for Celeb Secrets. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, he has been writing ever since he could pick up a pen. He also loves traveling, gaming and pizza, and can tell you a thing or two about each. Follow Chris on Twitter…

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