1965 Green Bay Packers Football
Appraised Value: $5,000 - $6,000
IMAGE: 1 of 3
Appraisal Video: (3:44)
GUEST: Back in 1966, I was involved with a handicapped group that was going to the all-star game, and that was held at Soldier Field, Chicago.
GUEST: And they gave us seats, or at least a position to put our wheelchairs back behind the north goalpost. Well, during the game, I was able to catch one of the extra-point footballs, and I was in cloud nine. I had two young boys at home, and this was going to be a great souvenir. Well, when the game was over and we were about to leave, I gave my ball to this... other volunteer, a young lady, and I had it in a paper sack, and I said, "Take care of this for me while I get the patients back on the bus." Well, she didn't really do that. She put it on the bus and then did something else, and somebody stole the ball. Well, I was heartbroken, of course. So I wrote a long letter to Coach Lombardi, told him what I'm telling you, and by return mail, I got this football.
APPRAISER: This is 1965 championship team. The first of three championship teams.
GUEST: Yes, that's right. They had a series of three.
APPRAISER: This is a "Duke" football.
APPRAISER: "The Duke" was the official NFL football of the time.
GUEST: That's right.
APPRAISER: Do you know where the name "The Duke" comes from?
GUEST: No, I don't.
APPRAISER: Wellington Mara, the owner of the New York Giants,
APPRAISER: his nickname was "The Duke." And when the deal was originally made with Wilson to make the footballs,
APPRAIASER: they dubbed this football "The Duke" after him.
GUEST: That's interesting.
GUEST: That's where the name comes from.
APPRAISER: Right. The NFL's actually using "The Duke" footballs today, again.
GUEST: It's still "The Duke"? Or was there a period...
APPRAISER: There was a period where they didn't, and now they do again. But "The Duke" footballs are very, very collectible, because they're from the Golden Age of football.
APPRAISER: This football represents more than just the Golden Age of football, it also represents the golden team: the Green Bay Packers of that era.
GUEST: Yes, that's right, they had a dynasty then.
APPRAISER: No more important person than Vince Lombardi, the coach, the legendary coach...
GUEST: Right. That's right.
APPRAISER: and his beautiful signature on this football right here. It's an amazing football. Let me show you some other signatures. Here we have Bart Starr, quarterback.
GUEST: Oh, yes. Right.
APPRAISER: Played for Alabama.
GUEST: He certainly did.
APPRAISER: We have Henry Jordan, who's an extremely collectible signature. He's right over here.
APPRAISER: He died quite early, and his autographs are very valuable. Now... the Green Bay Packers signed a lot of footballs. They also had footballs made with facsimile signatures on them. I don't think these are facsimiles. These are not facsimiles. These are authentic. The condition is very, very good, considering its age.
APPRAISER: The signatures are great. Now, a lot of times the ink in the pen reacted in a strange way with the leather. The signatures would basically disappear. But these haven't.
APPRAISER: They're bold and they're dark, and that's the way collectors want them.
GUEST: Well, I protected the ball. I kept it covered. It really hasn't been exposed to light much at all.
APPRAISER: Have you ever had it appraised?
GUEST: No. No, this is the first time. You know, I've shown it to friends.
GUEST: But... I've been waiting for a chance to take it to the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW just for what we're doing right now.
APPRAISER: If I were to put it in an auction, I would estimate it at $5,000 to $6,000.
APPRAISER: But I wouldn't be surprised if this football went for a lot more than that because of the condition. What a great story-- the fact that you got it from Vince Lombardi, that's an important piece of the legacy of this football.
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