90-Year-Old Willie Mays Creates Stir in 21st Century With Debut NFT

90-Year-Old Willie Mays Creates Stir in 21st Century With Debut NFT

Apparently, Tom Brady gets good blocking and blockchain.

After Brady tossed his 600th career touchdown pass on Sunday, the receiver who caught it—Mike Evans—unknowingly climbed up a stadium railing and gifted the ball to 29-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan Byron Kennedy.

Memorabilia experts immediately salivated. According to Phil Castinetti, owner of Sportsworld USA in Saugus, Mass., Brady’s 600th TD game-ball “in this memorabilia market—which is red-hot—would probably sell, to the right person, for $2-to-$3 million. It’s a phenomenal piece. It’s something that’s never going to be duplicated.’’

Another expert, director of acquisitions for Lelands Auctions Jordan Gilroy, claims the ball could have sold Monday for between $500,000 and $700,000 or perhaps $1 million.

Rather than shop the football to the highest bidder, Kennedy agreed to return it to Brady for a package that includes Bucs season tickets; two jerseys and a helmet signed by Brady; a jersey signed by Evans; a pair of Evans’ game cleats; and a $1,000 credit to the Buccaneers team store.

But, during Monday night’s ESPN “Manningcast’’ with Peyton and Eli Manning, Brady said he sweetened the deal even more than first believed.

“Byron lost all his leverage when he gave up the ball,’’ said Brady, laughing. “He should’ve held it…[But] I’m also giving him a Bitcoin. That’s pretty cool, too. So at the end of the day, I think he’s making out pretty well.’’

According to reports, the cryptocurrency Brady is gifting Kennedy is currently worth just under $63,000.


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