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Jerry Kramer’s Super Bowl I ring sells for more than $125,000

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Question: What is a Super Bowl ring worth? Answer: Whatever someone will pay for it.

The Super Bowl I ring won by Packers guard Jerry Kramer to cap the 1966 season was sold at auction on Saturday night for $125,475, via USA Today.

Kramer attended the auction in New York City, which included his 1965 NFL title ring, a 1962 NFL championship watch, and a 1960s game-word jersey. In all, the items generated more than $265,000.

Kramer intended to establish a trust fund to pay for his grandchildren’s educational expenses.

As noted by USA Today, Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl XXV ring fetched $230,401 in 2012, and William “Refrigerator” Perry’s Super Bowl XX ring went for $203,150 in 2015.

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37 Responses to “Jerry Kramer’s Super Bowl I ring sells for more than $125,000”
  1. freddypatsfan says: Feb 21, 2016 8:37 PM

    Put him in the Hall already

  2. vottorific says: Feb 21, 2016 8:44 PM

    Thats an awesome story about a dude wanting to support his grandkids. Instant fan here!

  3. teal379 says: Feb 21, 2016 8:51 PM

    Be worth a lot more if they would put him in the hall – like he belongs.

    Canton – open the door for sixty-four.

  4. rhinojr says: Feb 21, 2016 8:53 PM

    Wow – he is not in the Hall of Fame? Sounds like they missed one of the best..

  5. beerbratscheese says: Feb 21, 2016 8:53 PM

    Shows how gaudy Super Bowl rings have gotten. From an historic standpoint, a ring from Super Bowl I should draw significantly more money than rings from other Super Bowls, but the ring from that Super Bowl only had a single, modest diamond in it, as opposed to the current rings that are absolutely encrusted with them.

  6. dragonfly99 says: Feb 21, 2016 8:53 PM

    Great Guy. Something is wrong when great players like him are not in the HOF.

  7. corky2141 says: Feb 21, 2016 8:57 PM

    It is sad that such stalwarts of the game from the past have to sell their prized possessions for 265k to set up a trust for their grandkids, when players today throw that away at strip clubs & gambling in a weekend.
    Just for some perspective, Ndamukong Suh is schedule to make $1.78 million a game this year.

  8. mrwalterisgod says: Feb 21, 2016 9:01 PM

    They’ll put a mediocre coach like Tony Dungy in because of race but won’t put Jerry Kramer in because…… well, I can’t actually figure out why they won’t put him in.

  9. ctiggs says: Feb 21, 2016 9:03 PM

    Must be broke

  10. ariani1985 says: Feb 21, 2016 9:14 PM

    Translation, “I will be in Vegas next week! “

  11. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Feb 21, 2016 9:18 PM

    125K seems low

  12. charger383 says: Feb 21, 2016 9:23 PM

    In grade school I did a book report on the book he wrote

  13. jimmybrock says: Feb 21, 2016 9:38 PM

    Sales of his book Instant Replay must be slow 🙂

  14. PutJerryKramerInHOF says: Feb 21, 2016 9:59 PM

    Class act. Sure would have been nice t see him go in the hall with Brett this year.

  15. igotbaggage says: Feb 21, 2016 10:07 PM

    Met a lot of iron classics. The entire division is classic. I was fortunate to hold Ray Nitschke super bowl 1 ring. Bill Brown was football, Butkus still pisses me off. Central division is a treat

  16. petedis84 says: Feb 21, 2016 10:08 PM

    Shows you the expense of a college education if a football icon has to sell what I’d assume are priceless and treasured possessions just to ensure his family can receive an education.

  17. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 21, 2016 10:11 PM

    Can’t put him in the hall, need dungy and bettis in instead.

  18. 93gravedigger says: Feb 21, 2016 10:18 PM

    Good for Kramer and his grand kids! Pretty pathetic though that some ex viking shelled out the $125,000 just to say they have a ring.

  19. jimmysee says: Feb 21, 2016 10:24 PM

    What an honorable guy — his family is proud of him I am sure.

  20. smedley61 says: Feb 21, 2016 11:02 PM

    I thought he was the only member of the NFL 50th Anniversary Team not in the HOF. Go figure.

  21. dalvar1001 says: Feb 21, 2016 11:10 PM

    Common sense move. Getting to the age where trinkets don’t matter much but an education is far more valuable. God bless.

  22. paulieorkid says: Feb 21, 2016 11:11 PM

    Don’t wait until he passes away – before cluing in, and enshrining him … like happened with Stabler. Let the man enjoy his day in the sun.

  23. purpleguy says: Feb 21, 2016 11:20 PM

    It’s a shame the old players sometimes have to sell their old NFL stuff to accumulate funds they need, even if it is more discretionary funds for his grandkids’ educational trust.

  24. vikingdoode says: Feb 21, 2016 11:58 PM

    I’m telling my kids they are paying for their education!

  25. pkrlvr says: Feb 22, 2016 12:38 AM

    Jerry was married to my aunt during his playing days and was always very nice to me when I was growing up. His kids have been pushing hard for the HOF but there are a lot of Packers from that period in there. Been tough to get the nod.

  26. learysdisciples says: Feb 22, 2016 8:34 AM

    Game word jersey? That should up the ante a few thousand as that technology has come and gone.

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 22, 2016 11:31 AM

    He should have just got a stack of 8 1/2 x 11 paper and printed the words “Packer Stock” and sold them for $250 a pop.

  28. fatjimi says: Feb 22, 2016 12:47 PM

    What’s a game-word jersey?

  29. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 22, 2016 1:49 PM

    I wonder what he’s doing with his other 4 rings.

  30. alliwantisluv says: Feb 22, 2016 2:12 PM

    Why isn’t he in the hall of fame? A serious error indeed!

  31. ivanpavlov0000 says: Feb 22, 2016 2:17 PM

    Hmmm $265K? The way things are going that might barely cover 4 years at state school like UW- Madison.

  32. whatjusthapped says: Feb 22, 2016 3:19 PM

    Just out of curiosity, was Ziggy Wilf spotted at the auction? That is as close as he will come to getting a Superbowl ring.

  33. hisnameisaaronrodgers says: Feb 22, 2016 5:42 PM

    Kramer was and is a class act.

  34. ariani1985 says: Feb 22, 2016 6:47 PM

    That is a lot of fake stock he could buy!

  35. ariani1985 says: Feb 22, 2016 6:48 PM

    The late Ron wolfe once said he was the best packer of all time.

  36. mrstpaul says: Feb 22, 2016 11:58 PM

    My theory on why Kramer isn’t in the HOF (which is worth exactly what you paid for it):

    When he was first eligible, the sportswriters who voted for the HOF were jealous of the book sales and notoriety Jerry got with his collaborations with Dick Schaap (Instant Replay, Farewell To Football, Lombardi). So they froze him out and voted in a raft of his teammates (all of them deserving, needless to say).

    By the time that generation phased out, you had a new bunch of writers who never saw Kramer play and didn’t appreciate the speed and athleticism he brought to the guard position. And here we are today. It’s ridiculous he isn’t enshrined in Canton.

  37. stellarperformance says: Feb 23, 2016 10:10 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 6:47 PM
    That is a lot of fake stock he could buy!

    Too late. None left. All 360,000 worldwide shares have been taken.

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