1963 & 1966 Green Bay Packers Signed Footballs

Value (2012) | $7,000 Auction
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GUEST:
This football I got in 1963, so I think it's a 1963 season. I got it in October of '63 when I got married. I invited a girl named Rhoda to the wedding and she worked for Dr. Brusky. Dr. Brusky was a team physician for the Packers at that time, and she gave me that as a wedding present.

APPRAISER:
Tell me about this football now, too.

GUEST:
That one there I got I think in '65 or '66. I knew a guy named Prosky, he was the groundskeeper then for the Packers, and I asked if he could get me an autographed football. And he said, "Well, go buy a football that you can write on easy." And he had them sign it and give it back. But I noticed when I got the box back it had "Howard" on the top, "Prosky," and then somebody underneath wrote "Frank Howard." And Frank Howard used to be a ballplayer. He lived in Green Bay, used to play minor league ball in Green Bay, and I wondered maybe they, when they signed it, they thought they were signing it for Frank Howard and not plain old Howard.

APPRAISER:
Well, how lucky for you to be able to have an in with the Green Bay Packers to get an authentic signed football. That's wonderful. As old as they are, I mean, these signatures are about as dark as they could have been signed at the time, which is wonderful. And both footballs have essentially the same big names that became Hall of Famers. You know, you have Vince Lombardi, you have Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Willie Wood-- these fantastic Packers teams that really ruled the 1960s. Now, what did you think that the value might be?

GUEST:
Well, I figured this one would be worth, oh, $500. And this one, because it's a lot easier to read the signatures and the ball is made for signatures, I figured maybe $750, $800, maybe $1,000 tops.

APPRAISER:
Okay.

GUEST:
I wasn't sure about Vince Lombardi's signature because rumor around town was that he had Dad Braisher sign all his footballs for him because he was too busy.

APPRAISER:
Well, I can tell you that his signature, which is right up on the top panel here, it is authentic.

GUEST:
Probably because he thought he was signing it for Frank Howard.

APPRAISER:
Well, this earlier ball is definitely a 1963 team-signed football. This is a 1965 signed team ball. I think that this 1963 football, in auction, would probably sell for about $3,000.

GUEST:
$3,000?

APPRAISER:
Yeah.

GUEST:
Even though it's hard to read some of the signatures because of the ball?

APPRAISER:
The contrast is a little bit tough on it, but the signature are still very dark, and that's the important thing, is the condition of the signatures. This ball probably would have a value, in auction, at $4,000. That'd be $7,000 for the both.

GUEST:
Wow, great.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Heritage Auctions
Dallas, Texas
Value Update (2012)
$7,000 Auction
Appraised value (2010)
$7,000 Auction
Event
Des Moines, IA (August 07, 2010)
Material
Leather
December 17, 2012: We contacted appraiser Mike Gutierrez for an updated appraisal in today's market.

Current Appraised Value: $7,000 (Unchanged)

Update 4.4.2011: After this appraisal aired in February 2011, we received a correction from a viewer saying the second Packer football ("The Duke") was signed by the 1965 team, rather than the 1966 team. This eagle-eyed football fan spotted two signatures on the ball by players who were not on the 1966 team: Allen Jacobs and Dan Grimm.

We followed up with appraiser Mike Gutierrez, who added, "The important thing is '66 and '65 were both championship years, and the appraisal value would be the same either way."

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