The Green Bay Packers have a long and glorious history in professional football. Based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Packers can trace their origins back to 1919, when Earl "Curly" Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun founded the franchise as a semi-pro team. In 1921, the Packers joined the American Professional Football Association, which later morphed into the National Football League.
To date Green Bay has captured twelve world titles, including nine NFL Championships and three Super Bowls, the latter of which occurred in 1967, 1968 and 1996. The Packers can boast of a slew of players and coaches who are now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, including Bart Starr, Herb Adderley, Paul Hornung, Don Hutson, Reggie White, Jim Taylor, Willie Wood, Johnny "Blood" McNally, Vince Lombardi, Jim Ringo, Ray Nitschke, Curly Lambeau, Henry Jordan and James Lofton.
Here are ten valuable Green Bay Packers collectibles. The Pack is always back!
Jim Taylor 1960-63 Game-Used Jersey
Hall of Fame running back Jim Taylor wore this #31 Packers road jersey during the 1960-63 era. Interestingly, this jersey was discovered in a storage room at Yankee Stadium in 1973, not all that surprising since the latter was also home to the football New York Giants for many years. The jersey bears a lot of wear and tear – Taylor rushed for over 1,000 yards per season from 1960 through 1964 – along with the requisite repairs. This Packers gem sold at auction for $7,638.
Jim Taylor game-worn jersey $7,638 - Robert Edward Auctions, LLC
Ken Keuper Game-Used Jersey
Defensive back Ken Keuper wore this #18 Packers home jersey during the 1945-47 era. It is believed to be the earliest known Green Bay Packers jersey in existence. The winning bid was $9,987.50.
Ken Keuper game-worn jersey $9,987.50 - Robert Edward Auctions, LLC
Green Bay Packers 1962 World Championship Signed Football
This ball, a Wilson Official NFL Football known as "The Duke," once belonged to Packer great Jim Taylor. It bears the autographs of 40 members of the 1962 Green Bay Packers world championship team, including head coach Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Jim Ringo, Forrest Gregg, Tom Fears, Willie Wood and Boyd Dowler. That season, the Packers defeated the New York Giants 16-7 in the NFL Championship Game. This sports treasure sold at auction for $2,320.
Autographed Green Bay Packers 1962 football $2,320 - Robert Edward Auctions, LLC
Super Bowl XXII Program Original Green Bay Packers Dynasty Art
Illustrator George Gaadt was commissioned by the NFL to produce this artwork for inclusion in the 1987 Super Bowl XXII official program. It features head coach Vince Lombardi, along with Packer greats Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Forrest Gregg, Willie Davis, Paul Hornung, Herb Adderley and Jim Taylor. This original oil painting on board sold at auction for a reasonable $293.75.
Super Bowl XXII 1987 original Packers art $293.75 - Robert Edward Auctions, LLC
Paul Hornung 1957 Topps Rookie Card
Running back Paul Hornung – the celebrated "Golden Boy" who played collegiately at Notre Dame – made his trading card debut in 1957. This Topps Chewing Gum card #151 in SGC 84 near mint 7 condition brought $334.60 at auction.
Paul Hornung 1957 rookie card $334.60 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Vince Lombardi Signed Letter
Legendary head coach Vince Lombardi – "Come see my Green Packers!" he often urged folks – signed this March 5, 1968, letter on official Packers stationery. It brought $310.70 at auction.
Vince Lombardi 1968 letter $310.70 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Green Bay Packers 1932 Signed Photograph
Thirteen members of the 1932 Green Bay Packers signed this vintage 7x10 photograph bearing the Stillers copyright. Among those signing are Johnny "Blood" McNally, Clark Hinkle, Jug Earp, Mike Michalske and Claude Perry. It sold at auction for $2,270.50.
Green Bay Packers 1932 autographed team portrait $2,270.50 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Lake to Lake 1961 Green Bay Packers Complete Set of Trading Cards
This scarce regional Lake to Lake trading card set was produced for the Wisconsin area only in 1961. A complete set of 36 cards graded by SGC featuring such Packer luminaries as Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor and Ray Nitschke brought $2,868 at auction.
Rare Lake to Lake 1961 Packers trading card set $2,868 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Bernardo Harris 1997 NFC Championship Ring
This big knucklebuster 1997 NFC championship ring was once the property of Packer linebacker Bernardo Harris, who wore #55. It's made of 10K gold and features 17 cut diamonds. The winning bid on this one-of-a-kind item was $11,950.
Bernardo Harris 1997 NFC ring $11,950 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Green Bay Packers 1928 Football Program
This October 7, 1928, football program features a contest between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants. Curly Lambeau, who played halfback for the Packers from 1919 to 1929, is pictured on the cover. This sports treasure brought considerably more than its original 10 cent price, selling for $418.25 at auction.
Green Bay Packers 1928 football program $418.25 - Heritage Auction Galleries
- Bart Starr 1957 Topps rookie card #119 in PSA 8 near mint-mint condition $2,233 - Robert Edward Auctions, LLC
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