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Jim Brown sues to stop sale of 1964 NFL championship ring

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To whoever successfully bids on the 1964 NFL title ring awarded to Jim Brown, buyer beware.

According to the Associated Press, Brown has filed suit in a Manhattan federal court, claiming that the ring was stolen from Brown.  The complaint seeks to stop the online auction, which is scheduled to end on Friday.

Joshua Evans, the founder of Lelands Collectibles, says the lawsuit is “without merit.”  (Will someone who is sued ever declare in response, “Well, we thought we’d get away with it.”)

Brown immediately claimed via comments to the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the ring was stolen after word of the auction first emerged earlier this month.  Lelands claims that a clear and proper chain of title and authenticity exists, with Brown giving the ring to a family member who sold it to Lelands.  The company sold the ring in 1998, and it has since bought the ring back.

The current high bid on the ring is $58,948.68.

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20 Responses to “Jim Brown sues to stop sale of 1964 NFL championship ring”
  1. Eli Pacheco says: Jul 23, 2014 10:19 PM

    If you google Browns and Championship, this story is the only thing that comes up.

  2. fosterpops01 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:21 PM

    Jim Brown, Jim Brown, Jim Brown, Are ya hurting for money or what?

  3. cardmagnet says: Jul 23, 2014 10:22 PM

    The auction house is now the rightful owner whether it was stolen from Jim or not. Brown could be the victim of a “bona fide purchaser”.

  4. ctiggs says: Jul 23, 2014 10:28 PM

    lol #Nobodyhasitbetter #BrownwasrightaboutTRICH

  5. filthymcfunny1 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:40 PM

    Someone bid 60,000 in packer stock,but magic beans have more value!

  6. apollo1989 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:45 PM

    Jim Brown’s net worth is 50 million, if the ring wasn’t stolen from him he’d probably of just bought it back, but if it’s stolen it’s the principle of the matter, I’d sue for it back too if it was stolen from me.

  7. blackngold4life says: Jul 23, 2014 11:01 PM

    Why doesn’t he have his his own ring??

  8. valentino8100 says: Jul 23, 2014 11:22 PM

    Jim, do you remember that cold dark night at the pawn shop?

  9. pappageorgio says: Jul 23, 2014 11:57 PM

    Something tells me Brown’s thinking is something like a goblin’s attitude on ownership (Harry Potter fans will get it).

  10. huskywolverine says: Jul 24, 2014 12:27 AM

    Unless the “relative” has a bill of sale signed by Brown and reported the “gift” on his taxes (unless an applicable exemption allowed him/her not to report), it is going to be hard to prove that the relative had proper “title” to the ring.

    With that said, they may have a laches defense if they can prove that Brown saw them with the ring and never said anything…

  11. theheyseed says: Jul 24, 2014 12:47 AM

    $58,000 plus for a stolen ring will leave a mark

  12. freepretzels says: Jul 24, 2014 1:01 AM

    I think there was a debate earlier whether Jim Brown was telling the truth about his ring being stolen. So we can move on now?

  13. couchbasher says: Jul 24, 2014 1:34 AM

    If I had the money, I’d buy it and give it back to Jim Brown. If he ever decided to give it away, I’d ask to be first on this list as a loyal Browns fan.

  14. coachbeck says: Jul 24, 2014 1:50 AM

    Sounds like he gave this away years ago or lost a bet. Now he is just scheming it back.

    Typical clevelander trying to scheme

  15. skolby says: Jul 24, 2014 6:13 AM

    My precious!!!

  16. lawyermalloy says: Jul 24, 2014 7:34 AM

    There is NO QUESTION in my mind that JB gave the ring away and the dead beat he gave it too sold it.Watch for Jim Brown to get indicted for perjury after his testimony in Fed. court.

  17. pfu2 says: Jul 24, 2014 7:51 AM

    Jimmie Haslam should purchase this ring & give it back to Jim Brown to help win fans back!

  18. 700levelvet says: Jul 24, 2014 8:01 AM

    GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

  19. raynman49 says: Jul 24, 2014 10:48 AM

    Why the 68 cents? Strange. Did someone bid $58,948.67?

  20. mackie66 says: Jul 24, 2014 1:05 PM

    Flo, if the ring was reported stolen to police authorities then there should be a,,,drum roll please,,,a police report. If not then the ring was not stolen

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