The auction for Jim Brown’s 1964 NFL title ring has generated a little buzz. Not all of it would be regarded as positive.
Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Brown claims that the ring being offered for sale is hot.
“It was stolen from me many years ago, in the late 1960s’’ Brown told Tomasson. “I’m surprised to hear that it’s publicly for sale because whoever got it should know that I didn’t give it up. . . . I’m going to see what I can do about it.”
The listing at Lelands.com contends that the ownership chain has been narrow and clear: “Jim Brown to family member to Lelands to Cleveland Sport Collection auction buyer back to Lelands.com.” The description of the ring also contends that Brown personally inspected the ring and confirmed its authenticity when Lelands.com first offered the ring in 1998.
Maybe it was a different Jim Brown.