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    1967 Jerry Kramer Super Bowl I Game Worn Green Bay Packers Jersey. His absence from Canton is widely considered one of the Hall's most egregious oversights, an opinion bolstered by the fact that Kramer is the sole member of the NFL 75th Anniversary team lacking enshrinement. The most common explanation for this injustice tends to center around the fact that the 1960's Packers teams that Kramer anchored are disproportionately represented already, but while this may be the reason, it certainly doesn't stand up to an honest assessment of logic.

    Certainly if the call ever does come to Kramer's Idaho home, the Hall will regret that they waited until after this most significant game used artifact of his Green Bay service was sent to auction, the only known jersey definitively attributed to the inaugural edition of the Super Bowl. The historical importance is nearly impossible to overstate, earning top marks for that unique vintage, for its connection to the gold standard of gridiron greatness, and as one of just a small handful of known Kramer representations of any season.

    The green durene relic is a faithful representative of its owner, a man who endured twenty-two surgeries during his eleven seasons of service. Gruesome team repairs hint at the bulldozing ferocity of the famed "Packer Sweep" that helped send Starr and Hornung to the Hall, and likewise provide the requisite data points to assure Super Bowl I relevance. A provided photo snapped during the Pack's thirty-five to ten destruction of the Kansas City Chiefs clearly pictures a repair and sickle-shaped "hit mark" on Kramer's right shoulder that lines up exactly with the offered jersey. Less clear in the photograph is some sort of imperfection in the numeral "4" on the jersey front, which does appear to line up with the lengthy team repair that envelopes the top half of the stem.

    Beyond the Frankenstein stitch work that coats front and back, the garment survives in its original condition, with a diminutive size "50" tag at interior collar and "Sand-Knit" manufacturer's label at lower left front tail. It's an extraordinary treasure of a glorious era that forever established a sleepy Wisconsin city as "Titletown." Letter of provenance from Jerry Kramer. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


    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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