The event is really a microcosm of the hobby as a whole. You can own some phenomenal items if you have deep pockets but if not, you can still have a good time. Super Bowl collectibles run the gamut but focusing on one game is a nice, tidy focus, even with six decades of material.
Game-used items and Super Bowl rings are at the top of the spectrum. While Jerry Kramer’s Super Bowl I jersey might bring a big price, jerseys and cleats worn by lesser known players have been known to sell for under $500. The value of Super Bowl rings can vary greatly depending on the person whose name is engraved on the inside. Famous names and rings from the first few championship games bring tens of thousands. Rings given to front office staff members will sell for much less. Greatly affecting the value now, though, is the gaudiness of rings created over the last 15 years or so. More diamonds often equals a bigger price, regardless of the owner.
Collecting Super Bowl tickets and stubs has taken off in recent years, especially with the advent of grading and authentication. While fans today may be conscious of the value of their ticket and protect it from damage before, during and after the game, that wasn’t always the case. High-grade tickets from the earliest Super Bowl games–and those where weather was a factor–can bring big money.
If you had a ticket to the Super Bowl, chances are you went. Therefore, few full tickets are out there–and some carry a huge premium. The highest graded unused ticket from Super Bowl XII, a PSA 8, sold last year for $31,070. Stubs in lower grade or those from recent contests can often be had for under $150.
Super Bowl programs are fairly prevalent. You can own most of the last 30 programs for the price of a nice dinner out–or less. Programs from the first three Super Bowls will bring a few hundred dollars if intact and not overly worn with others selling for anywhere from $100 to $200, depending on demand and grade.
If you prefer football cards, you can chase rookie cards of Super Bowl MVPs–or cards from the season the player won the award. Bart Starr’s 1957 Topps card will cost you–but Malcolm Butler and Larry Brown can be had for a song.
Super Bowl pennants and press pins are two other popular sectors where you’ll find like-minded collectors.
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