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Ten Valuable Ray Nitschke Football Collectibles

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Ray Nitschke made his National Football League debut in 1958. Valuable Ray Nitschke football collectibles include 1963 Topps rookie cards, Green Bay Packers game-worn jerseys, Pro Football Hall of Fame rings, autographed photos and University of Illinois

Elmwood Park, Illinois-born Ray Nitschke (1936-1998) was one of the premier linebackers of his era. A third round pick in the 1958 NFL draft out of the University of Illinois, Nitschke played his entire 1958-1972 pro football career with the Green Bay Packers. A three-time first team All-Pro selection, Ray Nitschke was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.

Here are ten valuable Ray Nitschke football collectibles that are sure to interest Packers fans and sports memorabilia collectors. Now taking the field once again #66 Ray Nitschke...

Ray Nitschke Autographed Photo

A large 16x20-inch photo signed by Ray Nitschke sold at auction for $60.95.

Ray Nitschke signed photo $60.95 - Heritage Auctions

Ray Nitschke 1960s Green Bay Packers Game-Worn Jersey

A mid-1960s Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers game-used #66 jersey brought $38,837.50 at auction. The jersey was made by Sand Knit.

Ray Nitschke 1960s Packers jersey $38,837.50 - Heritage Auctions

Ray Nitschke 1978 Hall of Fame Ring

Ray Nitschke's 1978 Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame 10K gold ring sold at auction for $4,780. The ring came in its original Jostens case.

Ray Nitschke 1978 Hall of Fame ring $4,780 - Heritage Auctions

Ray Nitschke 1974 Touchdown Club Presentational Tray

The Touchdown Club of Columbus presented Ray Nitschke with a silver-plated tray in 1974 naming him the Best Pro Linebacker of Two Decades. That tray sold at auction for $1,912.

Ray Nitschke 1958 University of Illinois Personal Players Blanket

Ray Nitschke played both fullback and linebacker for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. Nitschke's personal U of I players blanket brought $717 at auction.

Ray Nitschke 1958 Fighting Illini blanket $717 - Heritage Auctions

Ray Nitschke 1970 Green Bay Packers Game-Worn Jersey

A  1970 Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers game-used #66 jersey – autographed across the chest – sold at auction for $14,340.

Ray Nitschke Signed Green Bay Packers Helmet

A Riddell Green Bay Packers helmet autographed by Ray Nitschke brought $161.33 at auction.

Ray Nitschke 1963 Topps Rookie Football Card

Card #96 in the 1963 Topps football series constitutes Ray Nitschke's regular issue rookie card. Ungraded examples in near mint condition can sell for over $100.

Ray Nitschke 1967 Philadelphia Gum Football Card

Card #79 Ray Nitschke graces the 1967 Philadelphia Gum football set. One graded example in PSA gem mint 10 condition sold for $450.

Ray Nitschke 1968 Topps Football Card

Card #157 in the 1968 Topps football series features Ray Nitschke. Ungraded examples in near mint condition are valued at around $15.

Ray Nitschke Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image

  • Auction/sales results, values and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas; Vintage Football Card Gallery; eBay
  • Top image: Ray Nitschke 1973 Green Bay Packers preseason game-used #66 jersey $8,962.50. Nitschke retired before the start of the 1973 regular season - Heritage Auctions

Copyright © 2011 William J. Felchner

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