The Green Bay Packers are the San Francisco Giants of professional football. Though not the oldest team in the league, like the Giants the Packers (founded in 1919) were there virtually from the beginning, joining the National Football League in 1921, just one season after the league's founding. Also like the Giants, the Packers are winners, holding the league record for most championships, including nine NFL Championships prior to the Super Bowl era, plus three Super Bowl titles in 1967, '68, and '96.

Unlike the Giants, indeed unlike any team in professional American sports, the Packers are not privately owned. Instead, the team is organized as a non-profit corporation—since 1986, its Green Bay Packers Foundation has distributed more than $2 million to worthy causes, many of them based in Brown County, Wisconsin, where the team is based.

On the field, the Packers roster has featured some of the greatest names in the sport. At its founding, of course, was Curly Lambeau, who learned football from the great Notre Dame coach, Knute Rockne. Lambeau not only coached the team he co-founded (he was working at a meat-packing plant that paid for its uniforms, which is how the team got its name), he threw its first pass, kicked its first field goal, and played halfback for 10 years. Lambeau then went on to coach the team from the sidelines through 1949.

During that time, from 1935 to 1945, an Alabama receiver and future Hall of Famer named Don Hutson led the team to three of its championships. The late 1940s and most of the ’50s were a lost decade for the Packers, but in 1956, quarterback Bart Starr arrived, followed in 1957 by halfback Paul Hornung. When Vince Lombardi signed on as head coach two seasons later, the nucleus of one of the most legendary franchises in professional sports had gelled.

The Packers cemented their place in pro-football history when they won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 (defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10) and ’68 (dominating the Oakland Raiders 33-14). But an even more famous game was the NFC title matchup of 1967, which is known today as the Ice Bowl for the 15-below-zero temperature on the field. The home-team Packers edged the Dallas Cowboys that day 21-17.

For collectors of Green Bay Packers memorabilia, programs and tickets from those games are cornerstones. So are footballs signed by Bart Starr—his Topps rookie card from 1957 is also widely collected. Other famous Packers whose memorabilia is sought include running back Jim Taylor and linebacker Ray Nitschke.

More recently, in the 1990s, the partnership between head coach Mike Holmgren, defensive end Reggie White, and quarterback Brett Farve gave the Packers its third Super Bowl trophy. Farve left the team in 2008 for the New York Jets, and then bolted the following year to the Minnesota Vikings—in the eyes of Packers fans, the only action more traitorous would have been if Favre had agreed to play for the Chicago Bears. Still,  jerseys and helmets signed by Favre when he wore number 4 with the Packers continue to be popular with many fans. And while the defection of Farve stung, the subsequent success of Aaron Rodgers in the QB position has more than eased the pain.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Vintage Football Card Gallery

Vintage Football Card Gallery

This great database of pro and collegiate football cards from the 1950s and 1960s offers scanned images of cards fo… [read review or visit site]

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1968 Super Bowl Ii Packers Vs Raiders Yellow Variation Ticket Stub Psa 3 VgBrett Favre Packers Museum Collection Silver Frame Autograph 17/25 Bgs 9.5/10Aaron Rodgers 2015 Immaculate Collegiate Auto Green Bay Packers Cal 16/25 2014 Panini Flawless Brett Favre Autograph Transitions Auto Packers #13/15 RareAaron Rodgers Signed Green Bay Packers Autographed Jersey Jsa2006 Sweet Spot Brett Favre Helmet Auto Gold Variation Sp /100 Packers H.o.f.Bart Starr Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Danbury Mint Figures Hof 2016 Set Of 21962 Vince Lombardi Hof Packers Coach Signed Topps Team CardBrett Hundley 2015 Contenders Cracked Ice **variation** Auto Rc 02/23 Packers QbAaron Rodgers #12 Auto Signed Green Bay Packers Jersey Xl W/ Aaa Hologram 1967 Super Bowl I Full Proof Ticket Chiefs Packers Antique Football Nfl UnusedAaron Rodgers Autographed Mini Helmet, Packers, Coa Gai 2008 Sp Authentic Sign Of The Times Bart Starr Hof Auto Packers Psa 9 MintAaron Rodgers Signed Green Bay Packers Jersey Auto Xl W/ Aaa Hologram Auction #2Brett Favre Signed 1994 Classic Pro Line Live Autographs 062/1130 PackersBrett Favre Mvp Autographed/signed Packers Jersey Favre Holo 767861967 Nfl Championship Program - Dallas Cowboys V Green Bay Packers2008 Upper Deck Masterpiece Bart Starr Hof Signed Auto Packers Psa/dna2005 Topps 1st Edition #431 Aaron Rodgers Packers Rc Rookie Psa 10 Gem MintBrett Favre Signed Hof Embroidered Jersey Jsa & Favre Coa Packers AutographAaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Signed Autographed Football Jersey Ga Coa2013 Topps Five Star Eddie Lacy Rookie Patch Auto Rpa 3 Color #'d 84/94 Packers2014 Panini Absolute Tools Of The Trade Auto Relic Jordy Nelson 06/25 PackersAaron Rodgers 2005 Topps #431 Rookie Rc Bgs 9.5 10 Gem Mint PackersBrett Favre Packers Autographed/signed 16x20 Photo Favre Holo Psa/dna 6a594041966 Nfl Championship Program - Dallas Cowboys V Green Bay Packers2015 Topps Museum Collection Eddie Lacy Jumbo Relic Emerald Patch 1/1 PackersBrett Favre Green Bay Packers Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Ga Holo Coa2015 Donruss Signature Series Packers Auto Micah HydeEddie Lacy 2013 Topps Inception Rc Rookie Yellow Autograph Packers Auto /50 $100Bart Starr Signed Green Bay Packers Mini Helmet With Coa Inscriptions 1960 Nfl Championship Program - Philadelphia Eagles V Green Bay PackersVintage 1967 Green Bay Packers Nodder Bobblehead1961 Topps Bart Starr Card #39 Psa 7 Nm - Unscratched In Back Green Bay Packers1999 Donruss Preferred Brett Favre Game Used Helmet Card #'d 027/120 Packers Sp2012 National Treasures Forrest Gregg Auto /10 Packers2015 Panini Black Friday Eddie Lacy Autographed Sp Card #ed 10/25 PackersBrett Favre Authentic Green Bay Packers Jersey / Xl / 52 / Nike / Hall Of FameAaron Rodgers #12 Signed Auto Green Bay Packers Jersey Xl W/ Aaa Hologram Brett Favre Signed Autographed Jersey Green Bay Packers Bf Holo AutoJordy Nelson Green Bay Packers Autographed Signed Green Style Jersey W/coa..Gb Packers' Mag Cutout Signed By Legendary & Hof End Don Hutson Jsa!Clay Matthews Signed Green Bay Packers Autographed Mini Helmet2008 Topps Letterman Jordy Nelson Team Logo Patch Auto Rc 10/75 Packers1992 Topps Brett Favre Stadium Club Rookie High Series # 683*near/mint*packers*Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo Ga Holo Coa2014 Jeff Janis Crown Royale Rookie Rc Autograph Auto # /25 Short Print PackersAaron Rodgers #12 Signed Green Bay Packers Jersey Auto Xl W/ Aaa Hologram 2015 Immaculate Brett Hundley Rookie Auto Jersey!! Packers!!!Brett Favre Farve 1991 Stadium Club Rookie Rc #94 - Hof PackersKabeer Gbaja-biamila Signed Mini Helmet - Green Bay Packers - AutoBrett Favre Signed Autographed Framed Green Bay Packers Jersey Favre Coa1984 Topps Usfl Reggie White Rc Psa 9 Mint #58 Eagles Packers Hof ShowboatsVince Lombardi 1st Super Bowl Replica Trophy Packers Vs. Chiefs 19671965 Nfl Championship Program - Cleveland Browns V Green Bay Packers2015 Topps Museum Quad Patches Green Bay Packers Rodgers Cobb Nelson Adams 1/252015 Donruss Signature Series Packers Auto Sam Barrington1991 Stadium Club Brett Favre Rookie Hof Packers Psa 8Randall Cobb Topps Supreme Quad Relic Card 1of 5 2013 Green Bay Packers Frank Winters Signed Mini Helmet - Green Bay Packers Hall Of Fame - Auto