While the upstart AFL was gaining steam in the mid-1960s, Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers remained a well-oiled machine that garnered three successive NFL titles (1965-1967) and the inaugural “Super Bowl” championship in 1966. This autographed football is sacred on two fronts: as a “Titletown” heirloom and a maiden Super Bowl treasure. This is perhaps the most complete Super Bowl I souvenir extant, as every member of the coaching staff and all but one rostered player have autographed this ball. The lone missing player is Allen Brown, who retired after rupturing a kidney the following year, but is still alive today. The “Wilson” Official NFL Pete Rozelle signature model pigskin is one of few survivors with “GREEN BAY PACKERS” and “WORLDS CHAMPS 1966” stampings. Following the clubs convincing triumph over AFL counterpart Kansas City, (47) members of the Packers endorsed the keepsake.
Black ballpoint pennings consistently show (“7-8”) strength and clarity (with a few even nicer). Confined to a panel with a “1966 World Champions” inscription, signatures of the coaching brain trust include: Bengston, Burns, Cochran, Hanner, Lombardi, Schnelker and Wietecha. On the following two panels, players’ autographs include: Adderley, Aldridge, B. Anderson, D. Anderson, Bowman, Bratkowski, B. Brown, T. Brown, Caffey, Chandler, Crutcher, Curry, Dale, Davis, Dowler, Fleming, Gillingham, Grabowski, Gregg, Hart, Hathcock, Hornung, Jeter, Jordan, Kostelnik, Kramer, Long, Mack, McGee, Nitschke, Pitts, Robinson, Skoronski, Starr, Taylor, Thurston, Vandersea, Weatherwax, Wood and Wright. Note: while this ball does not inflate completely, it presents as though fully inflated. Full photo LOA from JSA.