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    

Vintage 1940s 50s Pennant Green Bay Packers Football2010 Plates & Patches Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Patch Auto 2/52014 Absolute Auto Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Autograph Absolute Ink2014 National Treasures Davante Adams Patch Auto Gear /49 PackersBart Starr #15 Signed Green Bay Packers Jersey Auto Size Xxl Psa/dna Coa HofBart Starr Autographed Green Bay Packers Riddell Mini Helmet Tristar Rare Insc2005 Bowman's Best Aaron Rodgers Rc Rookie Auto 107/199 Packers1957 Topps Football #119 Bart Starr Hof Rc Rookie Green Bay Packers Sgc 84 Nm 7Brett Favre Signed Green Bay Packers Jersey "95,96,97 Mvp" Favre Holo And CoaVintage Green Bay Packers 28.5" Felt PennantAaron Rodgers Autographed On Field Jersey W/ Coa Green Bay Packers 2x Nfl Mvp!Aaron Rodgers " Sb Xlv Mvp " Signed Packers Jersey Auto Size 52 Psa/dna CoaBrett Favre " 3x Mvp " Signed Green Bay Packers Jersey Auto Size 50 Psa/dna CoaBart Starr Green Bay Packers Qb Signed Ridell Mini Helmet - Mounted Memories Coa2014 Bowman Chrome Davante Adams Refractor Auto Hot Rare Rookie Packers1957 Topps Football #151 Paul Hornung Rookie Rc Hof Packers Psa 7 Nm Superbowl Ii Two 2 Program Packers Raiders Signed Starr Nitscke Blanda & OthersBrett Favre Signed Auto Green Bay Packers Jersey 95 96 97 Mvp Holo AutographedPaul Hornung Autographed Green Bay Packers Mini Helmet Tristar 1965 Mvp HofGreen Bay Packers Riddell Proline Full Size Authentic Helmet 2014 National Treasures Ahman Green Packers Green Bay Greats Auto 33/492014 Immaculate Brett Favre Ink Sp Gold /10 *packers*2014 National Treasures Rc Davante Adams Green Bay Greats Auto #d 34/99 PackersBrett Favre Framed Autographed Packers Jersey With Favre Coa2015 Bowman Chrome Brett Hundley Auto Rc #'d 1/5!! Packers 1962 Post Cereal Uncut Full Box Panel Football Alex Webster Thurston PackersEddie Lacy 2013 Topps Museum Collection Auto #15/55 Rookie Autograph Packers Rc 2014 National Treasures Mark Chmura Green Bay Greats Auto #d 69/99 PackersSuperbowl 1 One Program Packers, Chiefs Signed Autographed Starr,nitschke 22sigs1950 Bowman #9 Tony Canadeo Psa 7 Rookie Hof Green Bay Packers Smr $1752014 National Treasures Davante Adams Green Bay Greats Auto Packers /99Bart Starr Signed Autographed Green Bay Packers #15 Jersey Coa 52Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Autographed Nike Nfl Football Cleat Gai Certified 2014 Immaculate Football; Packers Jeff Janis Rc; 1/1 AutographBrett Favre Signed 8x10 Photo Auto W/ Favre Coa Green Bay Packers Auction #12014 National Treasures Green Bay Greats Davante Adams 11/99 Auto PackersBrett Favre Signed Autographed Green Bay Packers Mini Helmet Bf Holo1949 Green Bay Packers Vs Chicago Bears Vintage Game Official Programs Aaron Rodgers Brett Favre Autographed Football Hof Green Bay Packers StarrAaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers 2005 Rc Donruss Elite Rookie Card # 443/4991960's Dallas Cowboys Vs. Green Bay Packers Original Sports Illustrated PosterBart Starr 1962 Topps Football Packers #63 Psa 6 Set BreakPaul Hornung Autographed Signed Packers Green Stat Jersey Gtsm Hornung Holo CoaEddie Lacy Signed/autographed Green Bay Packers Mini Helmet W/roy '13 - Psa ItpAj Hawk Signed Veritable On Field Reebok Green Bay Packers Jersey Psa/dna Proof!2014 Panini Black Gold Dual Rc Auto Jared Abbrederis Jeff Janis 8/49 Packers1959 Topps #116 Jerry Kramer Rookie Psa 7 (nm) - Green Bay PackersAhman Green 2014 National Treasures Ssp **gold** Auto 07/10 Packers Legend Rb!!!Mark Chmura 2014 National Treasures **green Bay Greats** Auto 64/99 Packers Te!!Bart Starr 1966 Philadelphia #88! Green Bay Packers!2014 National Treasures Davante Adams Rpa Patch Auto /99 PackersPackers Brett Favre Signed Green Jersey W/ Favre Coa Holo Auto AutographedVintage 1960's Green Bay Packers Football Wall Plaque2014 National Treasures Green Bay Greats Davante Adams Auto Packers 5/5 Ebay 1/1Aaron Rodgers 2005 Leaf Rookies & Stars #201 Rc Rookie Packers Sp Mint #/799 $801962 Topps Bart Starr #63 Ex-nr Mint Green Bay Packers (listing#2)1962 Topps Bart Starr #63 Ex-nr Mint Green Bay Packers (listing#1)2007 Ud Premiere Brett Favre Team Die Cut Jersey #54/75 Green Bay Packers2015 Panini Father's Day Aaron Rodgers Pylon Packers Vs DolphinsEddie Lacy 2013 Topps Chrome Rc Xfractor Bgs 9.5 *gem Mint* Green Bay Packers