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    1961 Emlen Tunnell Handwritten, Signed Letter to Jerry Kramer. Presented here is a remarkable and personal letter that was handwritten and signed by Hall of Famer and Packers superstar safety Emlen Tunnell.

    Letter reads as follows: Hi Jerry!! Called you last week - but you were at work. Sort of an S.O.S. call. I got myself into a little personal jam and it cost me a lot of dough. $$ Had to pay up or go to the work house. And I hate to work.

    Am going to ask you if you will lend me $200 till we get to training camp. Would ask Uncle Vinnie - but he told me (no dough) until I get to training camp. Won't disappoint you and not pay you back. Yet if you can't do it I won't be angry. Any part of it would help.

    Thank and take care of your eye. I may bring a seeing eye dog to camp. He can look after Old Man Tunnell and Jerry Kramer also (smile). Tell the Mrs. Hello and The Trainers asked for you lots. Your Buddy, Em Tunnell.

    Letter is on two one-sided 8.5x11" sheets, and it exhibits light wear throughout. Letter of provenance from Jerry Kramer. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


    The Jerry Kramer Collection


    Isaac Newton's Second Law tells us that force equals mass times acceleration. Between 1958 and 1968, there was arguably no athlete in America who put that principle to more effective use than Jerry Kramer, Vince Lombardi's bulldozing right guard instrumental in blazing a trail to five NFL Championships, inclusive of the first two Super Bowl victories in history. With a six-foot three inch frame carrying 245 pounds of raw aggression, Kramer was the personification of his legendary coach's rugged ethos. "If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart," Lombardi told us, "he's never going to come off the field second." He found this guy in Kramer, the pair sharing a special bond of admiration and respect perfectly captured in the famous photo of an adoring gaze between them as Lombardi rides Kramer's shoulder off the field in victory after Super Bowl II.

    If you're seeking physical evidence of Kramer's toughness, have a look at some of the game worn jerseys that inhabit his personal collection, the dozens of team repairs patching wounds suffered in the NFL trenches. Mr. Kramer's body looks much the same. A miracle of endurance and medical science, he endured twenty-two surgeries during his eleven seasons in Green Bay, continuing to rise again and again from the ashes to earn five All-Pro nods and the distinction, in the eyes of many, as the most glaring oversight to Canton enshrinement.

    But Jerry Kramer, true to the philosophy that made his era the greatest in Packers franchise history, has never been one to dwell on the past, or to rest upon his considerable laurels. He sends the treasures of his football career to auction not out of personal need, but rather to establish a trust to fund the education of his five grandchildren. Even with a past as bright as Kramer's, he cannot stop thinking about the future.

    All lots will be accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Jerry Kramer.


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