The Lombardi name still resonates. An auction of seven Lombardi-related items raised $127,599. The top seller was Vince Lombardi’s 1956 New York Giants World Championship ring, which sold for $50,131. Lombardi was the Giants’ offensive coordinator before becoming head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1959.
One would think that parting with items owned or used by his father would be difficult for Vince Lombardi Jr. Packers fans treat such items – anything the iconic coach signed, wore or used in the 1960s – with reverence, standing in awed silence in front of displays at the Packers and pro football halls of fame.
The market for graded sports tickets has experienced a major growth spurt over the last few years, especially Super Bowl tickets. SCP Auctions opened some eyes last spring when it sold a complete run of full, unused tickets to games 1-50 for over $100,000.
SCP Auctions has seven lots in its current auction that have direct provenance to the legendary late NFL head coach Vince Lombardi. Collectors now have a chance to own a piece of Lombardi’s legacy by bidding on some of the man’s most coveted pieces including his 1956 New York Giants World Champions 10K gold ring. Each of the items were consigned directly to SCP Auctions by Vince Lombardi Jr., the coach’s only son. Bidding will run through Saturday, Jan. 21.
George Yakubisin got a kick, so to speak, whenever he passed a George Blanda Boulevard sign along Route 119 through Youngwood honoring his late uncle, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Blanda’s admirers now can browse or bid on 50 pieces of sports memorabilia owned by the football legend — he played for the Oakland Raiders, University of Kentucky and Youngwood High School — that his family put up for auction.