The Big Game:
The Most Memorable Memorabilia
Football's biggest game is coming up -- it's a day in which everyone pulls out all the stops! Whether your favorite team wins or loses, it's an epic day for fans, and each championship is more memorable than the last. Here are the big game's most memorable memorabilia.
A Green Bay Packer fan who happened to have a few ins with his team got two footballs signed by the 1963 Packers and the 1966 Packers (they won the first ever NFL championship against Kansas City in 1967). What makes the ball signed in 1966 special is that it was signed by football legend Vince Lombardi. For the pair of footballs, appraisers set the value at $7,000. A similar ball, by itself, signed by the '66 Packers was sold at auction for $11,400 in 2005.
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You can put away your wallets for this piece of NFL history. The first ever big game (Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs) was broadcast on two networks, but in 1967, recording broadcasts was new and uncommon, so neither network kept a tape and it was considered one of the lost treasures of sports history. But a recording surfaced in the early 2000s; it's thought to have been saved by an employee of a TV station. The recording had an estimated value of more than $1 million. The person in possession of the recording donated it to the Paley Center Media to be restored.
One of the most interesting football news stories in 2015 was, of course, Deflategate. The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28 to 24 in the big game, but not without controversy. Leading up to the game, the Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in AFC Championship Game. However, there were accusations against the Patriots for using underinflated balls. In that game, Patriot Brandon LaFell handed the ball to a fan after a touchdown run. That's believed to be the only one of the controversial balls released to the public. The ball was sold at auction for $43,740.
In 1972, the Miami Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins in the NFL championship, finishing the NFL's only perfect season. In 2008, a football, ticket, and Miami helmet signed by 45 players (including 7 hall of famers) were auctioned off as a set for $10,625. The package was expected to fetch -- at most -- $7,000.
A Guy Named Joe
Joe Namath -- known as "Broadway Joe" -- was named MVP for the third big game the NFL ever held in 1969. He started and won the game as quarterback for the Jets against the Baltimore Colts, which was a repeat of his college performance with Alabama. In 2005, his rookie card was sold at auction for $4,680.
If you were around in 1985, you probably know a lot about the '85 Bears. Even if you don't like football, you likely heard or saw the rap video they made for the big game against the New England Patriots. One of the more recognizable players/rappers was William "The Refrigerator" Perry. He was a big guy with big fingers as evidenced by his size 25 championship ring from 1986. It was auctioned off in July 2015 for $203,150. According to auctioneers, it is the largest NFL championship ring ever made.
Every memory is worth preserving at The Lakeside Collection! Whether it's something as small as a pen with your favorite team's logo on it or you want a piece of memorabilia big enough to hang over your king-size bed, shop Lakeside for just about anything to celebrate a winning season.