The Super Bowl is one of the world's premier sporting events. Super Bowl I took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15, 1967, where 61,946 fans watched the Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
The Super Bowl is always huge with sports memorabilia collectors. Here are ten valuable football collectibles from Super Bowls past which have proved to be "super" at auction...
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I Team Signed Football
This official NFL football was autographed by members of the Green Bay Packers, winners of Super Bowl I. All the Packer greats from that 1966 world championship season are here, including head coach Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Willie Davis, Ray Nitschke, Henry Jordan, Forrest Greg, Fuzzy Thurston and Jerry Kramer. In outstanding condition, this rare Super Bowl I memento sold at auction for $8,962.
Super Bowl I autographed football $8,962
Super Bowl II Green Bay Packers Jostens Salesman's Sample Ring
To the victors go the rings – Super Bowl rings that is, those big, gaudy knucklebusters which proudly signify a world championship. This 10K gold Jostens salesman's sample ring with three cut diamonds is from Super Bowl II, which witnessed the Green Bay Packers romp to a 33-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders at Miami's Orange Bowl on January 14, 1968. The winning bid on this three-peat world championship gem was $7,170.
Super Bowl II salesman's sample ring $7,170
Super Bowl XX William "Refrigerator" Perry Salesman's Sample Ring
Super Bowl XX, staged at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on January 26, 1986, witnessed Mike Ditka's Chicago Bears maul the New England Patriots in a lopsided 46-10 victory. This salesman's sample ring for Chicago's mammoth rookie lineman William "Refrigerator" Perry – engraved "Property of Jostens not for resale" – sold at auction for $3,107. So much for "not for resale!"
Super Bowl XX salesman's sample ring $3,107
Super Bowl I Ticket Stub
Super Bowl I – called The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game – featured MVP quarterback Bart Starr lead his Packers to victory over the outclassed Kansas City Chiefs 35-10. If you were at the Los Angeles Coliseum that day, you should have saved your ticket stub as this one brought $215.10 at auction.
Super Bowl I ticket stub $215.10
Super Bowl XII Program Original Cover Art
Super Bowl XII, staged at the Louisiana Superdome on January 15, 1978, witnessed a Dallas Cowboys 27-10 victory over the Denver Broncos. The original cover art for the official Super Bowl XII game program was rendered by noted sports artist Donald Moss, whose credits include Collier's, Esquire and Sports Illustrated. That original cover illustration sold at auction for $896.25.
Super Bowl XII program cover art $896.25
Super Bowl XXX Salesman's Sample Lombardi Trophy
Super Bowl XXX, played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, before 76,347 fans on January 28, 1996, saw the Dallas Cowboys triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17. A salesman's sample replica of the Lombardi Trophy, which goes to the victorious team, brought $2,031.50 at auction. It measured sixteen inches in height and weighed just under nine pounds.
Super Bowl XXX Lombardi Trophy replica $2,031.50
Super Bowl III Ticket Stubs and Gate Pass
Quarterback Joe Namath delivered on his promise of victory, powering the New York Jets over the heavily-favored Baltimore Colts 16-7 in one of the most stunning upsets in Super Bowl history. Super Bowl III was staged at Miami's Orange Bowl on January 12, 1969, with Anita Bryant singing the pre-game national anthem. Two ticket stubs plus a rare gate pass from that historic game fetched $896.25 at auction.
Super Bowl III ticket stubs plus gate pass $896.25
Super Bowl XXXVII Derrick Brooks Game-Used Jersey
Super Bowl XXXVII, played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on January 26, 2003, saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Oakland Raiders 48-21 before 67,603 fans. The Bucs' star linebacker Derrick Brooks, who returned a 44-yard interception for a touchdown with under two minutes to go to seal the victory, wore this back-up jersey during the game. It sold at auction for $1,195.
Super Bowl XXXVII Derrick Brooks jersey $1,195
Super Bowl Programs Complete Run 1967-2008
Every Super Bowl produced an official program. A complete run of Super Bowl programs from 1967 through 2008, with the vast majority in near mint or better condition, brought a top bid of $1,912 at auction.
Super Bowl program complete run 1967-2008 $1,912
Super Bowl XXVII Dallas Cowboys Signed Football Helmet
Super Bowl XXVII, staged at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on January 31, 1993, before 98,374 fans, witnessed the Dallas Cowboys manhandle the Buffalo Bills in a 52-17 victory. A full-size souvenir helmet autographed by the team, with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Jay Novacek among the prominent signers, sold at auction for $1,075.50.
Super Bowl XXVII autographed helmet $1,075.50
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Joe Namath Super Bowl III salesman's sample ring made by Balfour $2,151
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