Vince Lombardi made his NFL head coaching debut with the Green Bay Packers in 1959. Valuable Vince Lombardi football collectibles include signed Green Bay Packers checks, Fordham University yearbooks, ticket stubs, hand-drawn plays and Philadelphia Gum and Swell football cards.
Brooklyn, New York-born Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) reigns as one of the NFL's greatest coaches. A vaunted member of the Seven Blocks of Granite on Fordham University's football team, Lombardi went on to coach football at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey; Fordham University; and the United States Military Academy. In 1954, Lombardi landed his first job in the National Football League, serving as offensive coordinator for the New York Giants. In 1959, Lombardi became head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, leading them to five NFL championships and two Super Bowl titles. In 146 NFL regular/playoff games as head coach of the Packers and Washington Redskins, Lombardi compiled an overall 105-35-6 won/loss record, eventually gaining induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Here are ten valuable Vince Lombardi football collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia fans. "Come and see my Green Bay Packers!" - Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi 1937 Fordham University Yearbook and Commencement Program
Vince Lombardi graduated from Fordham University on June 16, 1937. A 1937 Fordham yearbook signed by Lombardi and two of his fellow "blocks of granite" on the football team – Leo Paquin and Natty Pierce – sold at auction for $2,395.98. Included with the yearbook was Fordham's 92nd Annual Commencement program.
Vince Lombardi signed 1937 Fordham yearbook senior portrait $2,395.98 - Heritage Auctions
Vince Lombardi 1959 First Green Bay Packers Ticket Stub
A ticket stub from Vince Lombardi's first game as an NFL head coach – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears, September 27, 1959 – brought $657.25 at auction. Lombardi was successful in his NFL debut, with his Packers eking out a 9-6 victory.
Vince Lombardi 1959 ticket stub $657.25 - Heritage Auctions
Vince Lombardi Signed Index Card
A 3x5-inch index card signed by Vince Lombardi sold at auction for $418.25.
Vince Lombardi 1963 Signed Run to Daylight Hardcover Book
Vince Lombardi's Run to Daylight (authored with W.C. Heinz) was published by Prentice-Hall in 1963. It's a classic in the sports genre, chronicling seven days in the life of Coach Lombardi. A signed copy fetched a top bid of $507.88 at auction. One of Vince Lombardi's legacies is the Lombardi Trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the Super Bowl every year.
Vince Lombardi Signed Green Bay Packers Check
A December 18, 1959, Green Bay Packers check signed by head coach/general manager Vince Lombardi sold at auction for $388.38.
Vince Lombardi 1958 Hand-Drawn Football Play
A 1958 hand-drawn football play by Vince Lombardi brought $448.13 at auction. At the time Lombardi was still an assistant coach for the New York Giants.
Vince Lombardi 1958 hand-drawn play $448.13 - Heritage Auctions
Vince Lombardi 1941 Signed St. Cecilia High School Yearbook
Vince Lombardi served as assistant/head coach at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey, from 1939-47. He also taught Latin, chemistry and physics, with his annual salary at the Catholic high school under the $1,000 mark. A Lombardi-signed edition of St. Cecilia's 1941 yearbook The Silverian sold at auction for $1,314.50.
Vince Lombardi Signed Check Sports Illustrated Display
A signed Vince Lombardi check matted and framed with the classic January 22, 1968, issue of Sports Illustrated brought $478 at auction.
Vince Lombardi signed check/magazine display $478 - Heritage Auctions
Vince Lombardi 1964 Philadelphia Gum Play of the Year Football Card
Card #84 in the 1964 Philadelphia Gum football series features Vince Lombardi/Green Bay Packers Play of the Year. One example in near mint-mint condition sold for $29.
Vince Lombardi 1988 Swell Football Greats Card
Card #71 Vince Lombardi appears in the 1988 Swell Football Greats series. One near mint example sold for a reasonable $1.
Vince Lombardi Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction/sales results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas; nearmintcards.com; eBay
- Top image: Vince Lombardi 1960 signed check What It Takes To Be Number One display $370.45 - Heritage Auctions
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