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Mystery bidder to shell out big bucks for jar of sand from Tom Brady's retirement video

Screenshot composite: eBay (flanking), Twitter (center)

The race is on to score a jar of sand scooped up from the very beach on which NFL great Tom Brady announced his (second) retirement on Wednesday.

"You will be receiving an 8oz mason jar bottled with the exact sand the GOAT Tom Brady made his retirement video on," says eBay seller "gadgetgs" in the listing.

The highest bid among the 119 so far stands at $99,990, plus shipping. Bidding started at $677 to honor the famed quarterback's total career touchdowns, the listing also says. Bidding ends on February 12, 2023, just in time for Valentine's Day.

The listing for the unusual sports memorabilia includes several photographs the seller offers as proof the sand was taken from the spot on the beach where Brady made the video. Photographs include shots of a jar of sand, a dated copy of the New York Times, and what appears to be the same array of buildings in the background.

The seller says he or she took "only two samples" within hours of the announcement. One is the sample that is up for bid. The other, the seller says, he or she will send to the "Pat Mcafee Show if Boston Connor wants to hold on to it."

The seller boasts 100% positive feedback on his 489 sales of other items, all of which were purchased more than a year ago, per eBay's records.

Though the listing says "you will find no other listing like this," multiple similar listings have appeared on the world's largest auction site. Among them is one priced at $24,012.12, from which 10% of the proceeds will go to TB12 Foundation, Brady's nonprofit to "help educate and inspire athletes to excel in both sports and life."

"Brady announced his retirement via video shot in the homeland of the team whose fans he most contaminated with envy, the Miami Dolphins. He stood on a Surfside beach, just over a mile from Indian Creek Village, where he and then-wife Gisele Bündchen bought property in 2020," the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Brady made his announcement Wednesday morning in a 53-second video posted to Twitter. To date, the post has garnered more than 123 million views. Brady made his first retirement announcement on February 1, 2022, reversing his decision 40 days later.

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