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    1966 Jerry Kramer Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I Championship Ring (Replacement).
    Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving for American food consumption, and first by far in television viewership. The halftime show is a multi-million dollar spectacle of Grammy-award winning music acts, choreography of thousands, and dazzling lights and pyrotechnics. The cost of a thirty-second commercial spot runs into the millions of dollars.

    So one can't help but marvel how far the contest has come since its humble beginning, when Super Bowl I failed to sell out the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the halftime show consisted of two college marching bands and a high school drill team. This was no spectacle--it was a simple grudge match. After six seasons of uneasy coexistence within the professional American football marketplace, the AFL and NFL would finally meet in battle, each looking to prove the point of which they were certain. For the AFL, the game was an opportunity to silence the prevailing voices that the league was decidedly inferior to the entrenched NFL. Vince Lombardi's Packers, conversely, were anxious to prove those doubters right.

    Many football fans, however, gave the matter a collective shrug of the shoulders, seeing it as nothing more than a meaningless exhibition with an entirely predictable conclusion. And ultimately, the Green Bay Packers would assert their clear dominance over the AFL Champion Kansas City Chiefs, pulling away after halftime with twenty-one unanswered points to complete a thirty-five to ten victory. After the game, Coach Lombardi echoed the common sentiment: "I do not think they are as good as the top teams in the National Football League."

    It would take the fulfillment of Broadway Joe's daring prophecy to validate the AFL two years later, but the Green Bay Packers will always rule as the original Super Bowl Champions, the defenders of the professional gridiron's natural order.

    Heritage famously auctioned Kramer's original Super Bowl I ring in February 2016 for a record sale price of $125,475, and the presented example is effectively identical in every manner but original production date. Kramer's original ring was stolen many years ago and this replacement was commissioned at that time, crafted from the original mold.

    A large, genuine diamond adorns the center of the ring face, which Lombardi demanded to be precisely 1.00 point, not a fraction more or less, a tribute to his exacting nature. It is set into a silver oval reminiscent of a football and a globe, and framed by raised text reporting, "1966 World Champions Green Bay Packers."

    The left shank is dominated by a design incorporating the logos of the competing leagues between banners reporting the results of the NFL Championship and Super Bowl results, and a crown bearing Lombardi's credo, "Harmony, Courage, Valor." Right shank identifies the famous owner by name and jersey number, those details framing a figural helmet with a listing of the four NFL Championships to date. Interior band is stamped, "14K" with a Josten's logo, and measures to an approximate size seventeen (17)--our sizer ran out of room. Fine condition.

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