1962 Signed Green Bay Packers Football
We own a storage facility, my family and I, and I was cleaning out a storage facility and came across the ball, and I said, "Well, I think this is something I need to hold on to." And it's been sitting on top of a shelf in my closet since about 30 years ago.
Someone left it and they didn't pay?
Right, somebody left it, didn't pay, so we confiscated it.
Footballs from this era are mostly stamped. It's rare that you see an actual hand-signed football. It's "The Duke" and it says, "Conference Champions 1962 NFL Western division." Well, that was one of the Green Bay Packers' greatest years. They went on and won their second NFL championship under Vince Lombardi, who is right here. And this football has ten Hall-of-Famers on it from the Green Bay Packers. You got a football from the heart of their dynasty. We have Jim Taylor, we have Bart Starr, their quarterback. We have Paul Hornung, we have Ray Nitschke, we have Jim Ringo, it goes on and on. But interestingly enough, it's one of their little-known Hall-of-Famers that probably gives almost as much value as Vince Lombardi, and it's a gentleman named Henry Jordan. Henry Jordan was a defensive tackle. He was All-Pro four times, he retired after 1969. He passed away in 1977 of a heart attack.
And Vince Lombardi also passed away in the early '70s. His signature is almost as hard to get as Vince Lombardi's. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1995 and he's considered one of the Green Packers' greatest defensive players.
I would place a value of $3,000 to $5,000 on this ball for an auction estimate.
That's right. Now, you know what I would say? I would say, "Touchdown!" Can I spike it?
No, no! (laughs)
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