Collect Auctions will be offering one of the finest 1966 Green Bay Packers team-signed Super Bowl I footballs in the hobby in its winter auction, which begins Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 1. The auction takes place on www.collectauctions.com and bids may also be placed by calling (888) 463-3063.
Fifty-three members of the 1966 team, which went on to win Super Bowl I, have signed this near-perfect tan leather football. Among the signatures are 11 members of Canton’s Hall of Fame, and all the additional notables used bold black ballpoint ink. Most signatures grade between 9/10 and 10/10. Even the ultra-rare signatures of Henry Jordan, Bob Brown, Lee Roy Caffey are present on this beautiful exemplar. In addition, some of the “Super Bowl I” team-signed balls that have sold in recent years were actually signed by the 1967 team, however, this one actually features the roster from the 1966 team that would make history as champions of the first Super Bowl.
The list of signatures includes: Vince Lombardi, Red Cochran, Ray Nitschke, Jerry Burns, Phil Bengtson, Dave Hanner, Bob Schnelker, Bill Anderson, Max McGee, Kent Nix, Red Mack, Paul Hornung, Boyd Dowdler, Fuzzy Thurston, Herb Adderley, Willie Wood, Gale Gillingham, Jim Westermax, Don Anderson, Lionel Aldridge, Bob Jeter, Jim Grabowski, Dave Hathcock, Jeff White, Bart Starr, Allen Brown, Dave Robinson, Bob Long, Elijah Pitts, Forrest Gregg, Roy Schmidt, Bob Skoronski, Carroll Dale, Steve Wright, Bill Curry, Zeke Bratkowski, Tom Crutcher, Ken Bowman, Jim Taylor, Jerry Kramer, Don Chandler, Doug Hart, Phil Vandersea, Willie Davis, Ron Kostelnik, Tom Brown, Marv Fleming, Nitschke (signed twice), Dad Braisher and Bud Jorgensen.
A waiter obtained the ball in 1966, when his service impressed the team during a team dinner and was given this team-signed ball as a token of their appreciation. The ball was sold to our consignor a few years ago and has never seen the light of day, making it fresh to the hobby. All signatures on this spectacular piece of history have been authenticated by PSA/DNA with a full letter of authenticity. This one is sure to become the centerpiece of a serious Packers collection and is arguably one of the finest Super Bowl I balls in the hobby.