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.
Among the items consigned by Vince Lombardi Jr., the coach’s only son, is the 1956 New York Giants World Champions 10K gold ring given to Lombardi, who was an assistant for the team. He left the Giants to become head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1959.
Bidding will run through Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.
Six additional lots from Lombardi’s prolific career have also been consigned 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 1960s Green Bay Packers World Champions 14K gold & diamond cuff link; and a 1961 congratulatory telegram from President John F. Kennedy.
“We are pleased to share some of these mementos with serious football collectors,” said Lombardi, Jr., in a statement.
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, Lombardi returned to the field in 1969 as head coach of the Washington Redskins. A second season of coaching there 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. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971.
“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.