Sports’ most storied franchise has a collection of NFL memorabilia dating back to the days of Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski. Or should we say…Clark Hinkle and Johnny ‘Blood’ McNally?
With the skyrocketing price of memorabilia and eBay just a mouseclick away for those lucky enough to have some treasures, it probably wouldn’t be possible for one pro team to start its own Hall of Fame these days.
The Green Bay Packers got into the game 40 years ago–long enough to have more items than they can display at any one time–everything from jewelry to game-worn jerseys.
Fans who don’t care about the money–or want others to see what they donate–have helped build the impressive facility at Lambeau Field via donations of football artifacts pertaining to the only community-owned franchise in pro sports.
"I get a call every couple weeks from someone who wants to donate an item to us. Some of them are things we really like to have. Some aren’t."
One estimate puts the value of the items at $2 million–but that might be conservative. The Press-Gazette says the Packers even have their own storage facility.