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    A definitive representation from Lombardi's famed sweep

    Mid-1960's Jerry Kramer Game Worn Green Bay Packers Jersey. For enthusiasts of game worn football jerseys, there's nothing quite like those old lineman durenes. The NFL's transition to mesh may have been a welcome change to the players themselves for their relative comfort, but the new breed was not nearly so durable, thus more likely to simply be replaced if damaged rather than surgically mended. And those team repairs are considered badges of honor by the cultured collector, every scar an enduring tribute to the brutality of gridiron trench warfare.

    As the key blocker of the famed "Packer Sweep," Kramer was Vince Lombardi's favorite bulldozer. But that role was fraught with danger, and Kramer earned the nickname "Zipper" for the constellation of scars that resulted from twenty-two surgeries in eleven seasons. In this regard, the garment faithfully honors its master.

    Green Bay seamstresses were called to duty about a dozen times to keep this road white garment in the game, patching wounds primarily in the shoulder area that Kramer used to flatten those defenders foolish enough to cross his path. Blood stains appear just below rear collar. Green tackle twill announces Kramer's celebrated "64" on chest, back and upper arms, with green and yellow striping appearing at collar and sleeves. Size "50" label at interior collar is battered by Kramer's shoulder pads, with "Sand-Knit [size] 50" secondary label at lower left front tail likewise velvet-soft from wear. 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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    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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