If you can’t fork over $2500 or more for a ticket, you can still have the Super Bowl XLV program without going to Texas.
As usual, the NFL is making a national edition available to collectors and fans around the world.
The program is a whopping 264 pages this year. It features four-color photos, rosters and detailed information on the two teams playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, along with a complete recap of the 2010 season and a history of the first 44 Super Bowl games.
They’re available on Amazon.com for $14.99 but the always busy Green Bay Packers Pro Shop received hundreds of copies on Tuesday and Cheeseheads made them vanish quickly, much as they did in Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII.
Ironically, the programs are printed about 75 minutes from Green Bay. Quad Graphics, located in a small town in Dodge County, keeps presses rolling day and night to meet the demand.
What are Super Bowl programs worth? They range in price from a couple of bucks for recent issues to $200 for a Super Bowl III and $300 for the first one in 1967. Not bad, really. You can find programs for sale from all 45 games here.
Packers fans buy more memorabilia than just about any other franchise in the league and smart dealers at last weekend’s Gonzaga Hall card show in Milwaukee were stocked up to feed the hungry masses.