Spring Fever Auction 2018
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For more than half a century, the memories of Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victories have pushed Super Bowl Sunday into the center of the American experience. The very first AFL/NFL Football World Championship Game was played in 1967, but It wasn’t until 1968 that the championship game would become known as the “Super Bowl”.

Presented is an original 1968 Super Bowl II ring designed and intended for Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr. this ring comes to us from an impeccable source with close ties to the Green Bay Packers. The design is sophisticated and modest compared to modern Super Bowl rings. Josten’s approach to this stunning ring was with careful planning. The composition is excellent with several impressive features. A triad of diamonds on its face, 1.50 carat weight total, represent the team's three consecutive Championships. They are set in a football-shaped green tourmaline stone, framed by elevated text "Green Bay Packers World Champions." The left shank shows the scores of the Ice Bowl (NFL Championship) and Super Bowl II with crown imagery, a Packers helmet and the word "Challenge." Right shank shows "Starr 15, NFL/AFL, Run to Win." Interior band is stamped with the proper marking from pre-1970 reading "Josten 14K."

In order to capture the important elements of the history of this ring we have conducted extensive research including conversations with the manufacturer. In 1968 Josten’s patriarch Daniel Gainey retired as CEO after more than 40 years with the company. Gainey, was involved with the design of the Super Bowl II ring and ended up with the piece that was intended for Starr for himself. The company subsequently crafted a second identical ring which was sent to Starr. Starr has donated his copy of the ring to the Packers Museum at Lambeau Field. We believe this is the ring owned by Gainey that was intended to be given to Starr originally.

Important Note: Fuzzy Thurston's replacement ring sold for $50,787.50 several years ago, one very similar to this. With this one originally made for Starr, however, we anticipate an even higher realized price. The Thurston replacement ring is only 10K gold and has a green jade stone. This original 1968 ring is 14K gold with a green tourmaline stone.

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1968 Super Bowl II World Championship Ring (Starr)

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