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.
Championship rings, prestigious awards and even a telegram from the president are among the items once owned by Vince Lombardi slated to sell at auction in January. SCP Auctions has seven personal pieces from Lombardi as part of their Winter Premier online sale.
SCP Auctions is extremely excited to announce that seven outstanding lots with direct provenance to the legendary late NFL head coach Vince Lombardi will be featured in its Winter Premier online auction, which starts on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at www.scpauctions.com. Collectors will 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, 2017.
“We are pleased to share some of these mementoes with serious football collectors,” said Vince Lombardi Jr.
Six additional lots from Lombardi’s prolific career will go up for bid including a Patek Philippe wristwatch that was presented to Lombardi on “George Halas Night” (Sept. 25, 1968) by the Chicago Athletic Association; a specially designed Bishop’s Charities Game (Packers vs. Giants, Aug. 10, 1968) Bulova wristwatch; a 1960’S Green Bay Packers World Champions 14K gold & diamond cuff link; and a 1961 congratulatory telegram from President John F. Kennedy.
During his tenure with the Packers, Lombardi led the team to a 98-30-4 record and three straight titles from 1965 to 1967. At the conclusion of the ‘66 and ‘67 seasons, the Packers would go on to win the first two Super Bowls: 35-10 over the Kansas City Chiefs and 33-14 over the Oakland Raiders, respectively. After becoming the Packers GM for two years, Lombardi returned to the field in 1969 as head coach of the Washington Redskins. A second season of coaching the Redskins, however, never materialized as Lombardi was diagnosed in the summer of 1970 with an aggressive form of colon cancer. He died on Sept. 3, 1970, at the age of 57. Shortly after his passing, the NFL named its Super Bowl Trophy in his honor and it is now the most coveted award in football. In 1971, Lombardi was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his legacy firmly cemented in Canton, Ohio.
“It is truly an honor for SCP Auctions to put these items up for bid on behalf of the Lombardi Family,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler.
Bidding is open to registered bidders only at www.scpauctions.com beginning Wed., Jan. 4, and closing on Sat., Jan. 21. For more information, please call 949-831-3700. -Terry Melia
A championship ring awarded to legendary National Football League coach Vince Lombardi in 1956 will be among seven lots featured in SCP Auctions’ Winter Premier online auction, which begins Jan. 4.
Vince Lombardi coached his final NFL game 47 years ago this week. Now, seven lots of personal memorabilia with direct provenance to the legendary late NFL head coach will be featured in SCP Auctions’ Winter Premier online auction which starts on Wednesday, January 4.