Glen Christensen who has spent the last 27 years curating what is considered to be the largest private Green Bay Packers collections in the world, is showing off a big chunk of it through a new book.
Two years in the making, The Christensen Collection Vintage Memorabilia of Titletown, USA & The Green Bay Packers is now on sale.
The 200-page full color coffee table style work offers photos of the best vintage items in his collection along with some of the stories behind them.
Christensen was born in Green Bay in 1960 and has been a lifelong fan of the Packers. He also has some connections to the franchise. His mom was hired by Curly Lambeau to be the first majorette for the team’s “Lumberjack Band” in the 1940s and his dad was a design artist who worked with the company that produced the team’s now famous “G” logo for its helmets.
The book is available for sale on Chistensen’s website for $39.95.
Inside, readers will find photos of some of the items he has obtained through various sources since the 1990s including game-used memorabilia, historic display pieces, publications and other memorabilia that tells the story of the Packers franchise, which was founded in 1919 and entered the NFL 100 years ago.
Among the items in Christensen’s collection: one of Vince Lombardi’s camel hair coats, one of two known game- used footballs from the 1967 NFL Championship Game (the Ice Bowl) and one of only three known team benches used during that famous contest in -13 weather at Lambeau Field.
One of the rooms that houses his collection is carpeted with the end zone turf from Super Bowl XLV, a 31-25 Packers win over the Steelers, a game played not far from Christensen’s current home in the Dallas area.
He also owns the most complete set of vintage Packer pennants known (1920’s-1970) and over 25 team-signed balls from the Lombardi years.
“The book actually took me almost two years to complete,” he told SC Daily. “The photos took a great deal of time. I worked from home for about four months early this year and it really gave me the time to concentrate on finishing it. I put the book together to have a record of my collection and the stories that go along with it.”
The Packers remain community-owned and Green Bay is by far the smallest market for a major North American pro sports franchise. Despite long odds and brushes with insolvency on a couple of occasions during the team’s first few decades, they’ve won an unmatched 13 NFL championships.