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    Includes notarized letter of provenance from Burford!

    1966 Kansas City Chiefs AFL Championship Ring (Super Bowl I) Presented to Split End Chris Burford. It's been over half a century since the National Football League grudging offered legitimacy to its upstart competitor in an annual tradition known as the Super Bowl, an event which has become so ingrained in our American culture that the event has effectively turned game day into an unofficial national holiday. 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, 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.

    But this is a glass far more than half full, arguably the most important breed of "loser's" ring ever offered due to its significance as a Super Bowl I artifact. It was originally issued to split end Chris Burford, who led the Chiefs aerial attack with four receptions for sixty-seven yards (with a long of twenty-seven yards).

    A genuine diamond is set into a golden figural football on the red stone of the ring face, encircled by raised text trumpeting, "1966 Kansas City Chiefs AFL Champions. Left shank identifies the honoree by surname and jersey number, framing a Chiefs arrowhead logo. Right shank features the AFL logo with a figural football. Text on both sides of the ring is reduced by proud wear, occasionally to illegibility, but the enormous historical significance is undaunted. Interior band appears to have resized and now measures to a size eleven (11), with"10K" stamping and the Josten's logo.

    Ring is housed in original wooden display case, which is partially loose at the hinges but complete. Notarized letter of provenance from Chris Burford.



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