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Tom Brady’s stolen jersey listed as worth $500,000 on police report

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As the hunt for Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey continues, the authorities have attached an official value to the item: $500,000.

That’s the number appearing on the police report posted on Twitter by James Palmer of NFL Media. And that matters for reasons beyond media coverage or hype; the value makes the crime a first degree felony under Texas law.

The number meshes with an estimate provided by Ken Goldin of Goldin Associates. As a practical matter, the item has limited value because anyone who buys it can’t display it without risk of the authorities seizing it.

Last week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft expressed confidence that the jersey would be found. During a PFT Live interview, Brady seemed surprised at that revelation.

The item remains missing, and the bigger issue could be that folks with access to NFL locker rooms have had sticky fingers for years when it comes to game-used memorabilia. Regardless of whether Brady’s jersey is found, the NFL needs to beef up its efforts to secure property that, as Brady’s jersey demonstrates, can be extremely valuable.

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41 Responses to “Tom Brady’s stolen jersey listed as worth $500,000 on police report”
  1. gofor2with3pointlead says: Feb 21, 2017 9:11 PM

    I’d like to announce a public offering of NE Patriots stock.

  2. kickinpuppies says: Feb 21, 2017 9:15 PM

    $500,000*

  3. dawiz2008 says: Feb 21, 2017 9:17 PM

    Wow, hold it for fifteen years and statue of limitations kicks in, I think. Anyhow, it’ll be worth a million in ten years. I hate thieves, but this guy was smart.

  4. pfttrollss says: Feb 21, 2017 9:19 PM

    Give it back, Roger.

  5. slew55 says: Feb 21, 2017 9:21 PM

    It’s hanging in Putin’s office above that Super Bowl ring. You’ll never get it back comrade….

  6. getnakedandrunwild says: Feb 21, 2017 9:29 PM

    One can only wonder what a used swipe of Brady toilet paper is worth in Foxboro. Five Mill?

  7. dlw492 says: Feb 21, 2017 9:30 PM

    Brady has the jersey I promise

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 21, 2017 9:40 PM

    Thanks, I had no idea what to start the bidding at…

  9. pats14 says: Feb 21, 2017 9:47 PM

    Why don’t the Patriots announce it has been recovered. That would make the missing jersey worthless.

  10. deneb1973 says: Feb 21, 2017 10:01 PM

    Two potential outcomes – the jersey is anonymously returned (without any ability to verify its authenticity) or it has been destroyed. The destruction of the jersey will infuriate law enforcement and security for the Super Bowl (i.e. the Texans and NFL). The only option is to return it, but that ship has probably already sailed. This is a stupid crime that carries a life in prison sentence. I wonder if the perpetrator has ever visited Huntsville to see his or her future.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 21, 2017 10:03 PM

    Now the cops can narrow their search to any Brady jersey on eBay being offered for $500k

  12. raiderston says: Feb 21, 2017 10:03 PM

    I’lll buy that for $1 to wipe the mud from the floor that my dog carry in from the yard.

  13. troubledoneswhobathe says: Feb 21, 2017 10:33 PM

    Revenge of the Lost Jersey Tour. Man, it makes me dizzy. Oh Tom, the battles you face. Be careful my precious one.

  14. matt14gg says: Feb 21, 2017 10:42 PM

    There is WAYYYY too much unfettered access to NFL locker rooms. For years I did EMS for NFL games so I’ve been in the locker room before, during and after many of them. Sometimes after games there are well over 100 people in the room and I guarantee you at least 20% have no business there other than that they are someone’s friend, a corporate sponsor or a guy that just snuck in. Maybe I’m old school, but I still believe the locker room should be a player’s/team’s sanctuary, and while a certain amount of people are necessary, a good many have no good reason to be in there.

  15. tedmurph says: Feb 21, 2017 10:45 PM

    Soak it tears of haters, it’s priceless.

  16. bleedingfacemask says: Feb 21, 2017 11:30 PM

    “…the NFL needs to beef up its efforts to secure property that, as Brady’s jersey demonstrates, can be extremely valuable.”

    That is so silly. There is not one single team that is going to allow the NFL to “beef up the security” of their locker room.

  17. bartpkelly says: Feb 21, 2017 11:46 PM

    It is worth as much as someone is willing to pay. I doubt $500,000 is the value though.

  18. rootpain says: Feb 21, 2017 11:56 PM

    That value is understated depending on who took it. If it was orchastrated by organized crime, they have access to the superrich who don’t care if it’s shown or not. And the thief in that scenario would die if he even whispered about it in his sleep.
    If an amateur, he could hang it up in his basement and no one would know. Just be one more of 12,000 already hanging in a basememts.

  19. joe400e says: Feb 21, 2017 11:58 PM

    What do you call arbitrarily raising the price to catch a crook? Inflategate

  20. deneb1973 says: Feb 21, 2017 11:59 PM

    I wonder if the NFL or the Houston stadium authority gets sued.

  21. johny248 says: Feb 22, 2017 12:06 AM

    Hmmm… Makes one wonder what one of Tommy’s genuine game used deflated footballs may be worth???

  22. sityourselfdown says: Feb 22, 2017 12:13 AM

    I have it.

  23. campcouch says: Feb 22, 2017 12:40 AM

    $234 at Sports Authority

  24. lostsok says: Feb 22, 2017 2:21 AM

    Probably an insurance scam by Brady from the beginning. Once a cheater always a cheater.

  25. lance19 says: Feb 22, 2017 4:06 AM

    It must be the 2017 Shroud of Turin! :p

  26. daviddmsvcp says: Feb 22, 2017 4:16 AM

    If I had that item, I would burn or in some other way get rid of it ASAP.

  27. loudpackmatt says: Feb 22, 2017 4:30 AM

    From now on all Brady items should have a tracking chip in them lol just kidding it’s just a jersey that you see on the 70% off rack at kohls

  28. traptses says: Feb 22, 2017 5:41 AM

    Wow I expected it to be worth more. Isn’t that about what the official jerseys are sold for on NFL.com?

  29. fhvned says: Feb 22, 2017 6:12 AM

    I’m guessing whoever stole it, probably on a spur-of-the-moment brain freeze, thinking ‘this is so cool’ by now must now be wondering what he got himself into. He can’t display it; he can’t sell it; he can’t talk about it. The $500,000 value only means the authorities won’t stop looking for it/him/her. Hopefully, it will end up in a plain brown envelope on its way back to Gillette Stadium. It would be too bad if the kid (and it probably was) destroys it because he’s too scared to do anything else with it.

  30. elyasm says: Feb 22, 2017 8:07 AM

    Unfortunately, the entire NFL Security budget for the next five years has been blown on Ted Wells investigations.

  31. belugataxi says: Feb 22, 2017 9:26 AM

    It’s a moot point. The jersey is already hanging in Shiek Yerbooti’s den in Abu Dabi.

  32. gotham23 says: Feb 22, 2017 9:41 AM

    Anybody who thinks the thief is stuck with something he can’t cash in on is wrong. Black market sports memorabilia is big business. There’s absolutely a market for this stuff, you just have to know the right people and whoever stole that jersey probably knew exactly what they were doing and already has the right connections to sell it. That’s why the authorities have to take this seriously and spend taxpayer resources finding a rich guy’s missing shirt, if the perpetrator is allowed to get away with it the incentive is just too great for more people to steal stuff like this.

    And anybody who thinks nobody would want to buy it because they can’t display it is wrong, too. People pay millions for stolen artwork. This jersey is going to end up in the private study of some unscrupulous rich guy, hanging on the wall next to Vermeer’s “The Concert” painting.

  33. soaringelvis says: Feb 22, 2017 9:58 AM

    What’s his mother’s address??

    Found it!

  34. intrafinesse says: Feb 22, 2017 10:59 AM

    Hopefully whoever stole it can get at least a fraction of that 500K, even if all they get is 50K. That money will help them out. Brady wouldn’t even miss that Jersey.

  35. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 22, 2017 11:17 AM

    That sounds about right value for a jersey won by the GOAT SYSTEM QB.

  36. getnakedandrunwild says: Feb 22, 2017 11:29 AM

    I didn’t know the cops were experts at assessing value to sports memorabilia.

  37. vbe2 says: Feb 22, 2017 1:04 PM

    Has anyone called Putin yet? The Jersey would go nicely with his ring.

  38. imaduffer says: Feb 22, 2017 1:54 PM

    The Trump Foundation just wrote a check for $499,999.00.
    Because he’s a deal maker.

  39. bdevil1952 says: Feb 22, 2017 4:12 PM

    It’s in the same place as the Isabella Stewart Garner paintings.

  40. witchrunner says: Feb 22, 2017 5:47 PM

    It may be worth $500,000 to some charity if Brady gets it back. But, its totally worthless as a stolen item because a) its stolen and b) its not authenticated as being Brady’s SB jersey. Also, it may be worth some free room and board for the poor bloke who stole it.

  41. mark0226 says: Feb 22, 2017 10:22 PM

    Check with Jim “Deflator” McNally or John Jastremeski. They’ve been known to be sneaky with Pat’s equipment in the past.

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