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Beautiful 1967 Green Bay Packers Team Signed Championship Ball with (50) Signatures including Lombardi & Starr

Lot Number 1638

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Description

NOTE: This description has been modified from the printed catalog to reflect that this ball is actually signed by the 1967 team due to the signatures of Dunaway and James. Also there are 50 signatures (43 players and 7 coaches).

 

The 1966 Green Bay Packers were the first team to take on the AFL Champion after winning the NFL Championship, an inaugural contest known as Super Bowl I. The Packers ultimately pleased their fans by crushing the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in that game after eeking out the championship (34-27) over the Dallas Cowboys. That accomplished group is well represented with this beautiful team-signed ball (does not inflate) with (50) signatures of average ("8") potency that still has bold print. Autographs include: Adderly, Aldridge, Anderson, Bachman, Baker, Bengston, Bowman, A. Brown, Burns, Capp, Chandler, Coffey, Dale, Davis, Dowler, Dunaway, Flanigan, Gillingham, Grabowski, Gregg, Hanner, Hart, Hyland, Jeter, Jordan, Kramer, Lombardi, Long, McCormick, McGee, Nitschke, Pitts, Robinson, Schmitz, Schnelker, Starr, Williams, Wright. Full photo LOA from JSA.

 

Additional information (thanks Brian): This is a pre-season 1967 Green Bay Packers football which was signed between August 9, 1967 (first roster cut) and August 28, 1967.

This is evidenced by the fact it is signed by Jay Bachman (a draft pick from Cincy) who was released August 28, 1967 and did not play for the Packers.  He caught on with the Denver Broncos the next season

It is signed by Dave Dunaway, who was drafted out of Duke and was released on September 6, 1967.  He was invited to training camp in 1968 and played in only two games for the Packers before he was sent to the Atlanta Falcons..

Besides Dave Dunaway and Claudis James, there were five draft picks from 1967 who signed the football before the season started.  However, unlike Dave Dunaway, these five made the 1967 team--Jim Flanigan, Don Horn, Bob Hyland, John Rowser, and Travis Williams.

 

Here is a complete list of the 50 autographs:

Did not play in 1967 regular season/Pre-season players only:
Jay Bachman, Dave Dunaway

Quarterbacks:
Bart Starr*, Zeke Bratkowski, Don Horn

Running Backs:
Jim Grabowski, Elijah Pitts, Donny Anderson, Ben Wilson

Wide Receivers:
Carroll Dale, Boyd Dowler, Max McGee, Bob Long, Claudis James

Tight Ends:
Allen Brown, Dick Capp

Offensive Linemen
Jerry Kramer, Forrest Gregg*, Fuzzy Thurston, Gale Gillingham, Bob Hyland, Ken Bowman, Bob Skoronski, Steve Wright

Defensive Linemen:
Willie Davis*, Lionel Aldridge, Henry Jordan*, Jim Weatherwax, Ron Kostelnik, Bob Brown

Linebackers:
Ray Nitschke*, Lee Roy Caffey, Dave Robinson*, Tommy Crutcher, Jim Flanigan

Defensive Backs:
Herb Adderley*, Bob Jeter, Tom Brown, Doug Hart, John Rowser

Special Teams:
Don Chandler, Travis Williams, Willie Wood*

Coaches:
Vince Lombardi*, Phil Bengston, Jerry Burns, Dave Hanner, Tom McCormick, Bob Schnelker, Ray Wietecha

All of the Hall of Fame players (8/8; each marked with an asterisk above) are present and there are 9 total possible Hall of Fame members if you count Vince Lombardi.

Missing:
Running Back Chuck Mercein, Tight End Marv Fleming

 



 
 
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