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    

2005 Sp Authentic Aaron Rodgers 3-color Rookie Patch Auto #38/99 Bgs 9 PackersBrett Favre Aaron Rodgers Bart Starr Signed Duke Football Nfl Packers InscClay Matthews Packers 2009 Playoff Contenders #156 Auto Rc /autograph Rookie Sp2013 Topps Museum Eddie Lacy Rc Sp # /5 On Card Auto - PackersClay Matthews Packers Super Bowl Game Jersey1957 Topps Bart Starr Green Bay Packers #119 Football Card - Rc Rookie Hof Mint!Aaron Rodgers Signed Autographed Packers Full Size Helmet CoaVintage Green Bay Packers Horsman Wind Up Doll Rare Nfl Football Nodder BobbleVintage Authentic Robert Brooks Green Bay Packers Wilson Jersey 48 Sewn NiceBrett Favre 2002 Playoff Contenders Mvp Autograph Packers Auto #1 #01/25 $400Aaron Rodgers Autographed Packers Green Jersey W/ Aaa Coa + Hologram Size 56Bgs 9.5 2013 Contenders Rookie Playoff Ticket Auto Eddie Lacy Packers 29/992003 Darren Sharper Green Bay Packers Game Worn JerseyBart Starr 2012 Topps 5 Five Star On-card Auto Rainbow #8/15 Green Bay PackersGreen Bay Packers Nfl Horsman Cheerleader Wind Up Doll Football Nodder Bobble2013 Topps Chrome Auto #131 Eddie Lacy Packers #406/6002003 Topps Record Breakers Brett Favre Auto Signed Green Bay Packers AutographAhman Green Packers Game Used Worn CleatsBrett Favre Signed Mini Riddell Helmet Nfl Green Bay Packers W/ Coa & Photo1960 Topps Football #51 Bart Starr Packers Psa 82013 National Treasures Eddie Lacy Colossal Patch Auto 99/99 Packers Ebay 1/12013 Topps Museum Collection Eddie Lacy Rc Dual Relic Auto #37/50 PackersPackers Brett Favre Signed 8x10 Snow Bowl Td Photo Auto Coa Holo Autographed2013 Panini National Treasures Captain Patch Julius Peppers # 1/4 Bears PackersDonald Driver 2008 Classics Sundays Best Packers 3 Color Patch Auto 3/152013 National Treasures Johnathan Franklin Rookie Leather Auto /10 Sp PackersEddie Lacy Signed Autographed Packers Green Jersey Gtsm Lacy Holo Coa2006 Topps Bowman "rookie Coaches" Mike Mccarthy/green Bay Packers Autographed2012 Leaf Vince Lombardi Legacy Bart Starr Pink Auto /5 - PackersOfficial Aaron Rodgers Brett Favre Nelson Mike Autograph Packers Jersey PhotoAaron Rodgers Autographed Green Bay Packers Mini Helmet Gai CoaEddie Lacy /99 $150+ Packers Rookie Auto Jersey Patch Rc Sp 2013 Triple ThreadsJerry Kramer 1959 59 Topps #116 Rc Rookie Packers Psa 8 Nm-mt !!2013 Topp Triple Threads Eddie Lacy Rookie Auto /99 Jersey Rc Autograph Packers Paul Hornung Autographed Signed Packers Stat Jersey Gtsm Hornung Holo & CoaPackers Jerry Kramer Signed Jersey W/ 5x Nfl Champs Jsa Coa Auto AutographedAaron Rodgers Autographed Green Bay Packers #12 Green Jersey Hand Signed + Coa2013 Panini Contenders Eddie Lacy Rookie Rc Signed Auto Green Bay PackersEddie Lacy Packers 2013 Panini National Treasures Colossal Auto Rc Jersey #/992013 National Treasures Paul Hornung Auto Patch # 5/50 Packers Jersey# Ebay 1/11940's Green Bay Packers Vs Detroit Lions Official Program Curly Lambeau Coach1964 Philadelphia Football #79 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Hof Sgc 88 Nm-mt1969 Topps Football #215 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Hof Sgc 86 Nm+ 7.5Green Bay Packers Vintage Football Pennant Felt Circa 1950's Rare2013 Panini National Treasures Micah Hyde Packers Rookie 67/99 Rc Non-auto1965 Philadelphia Football #79 Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers Hof Sgc 92 Nm-mt+1991 Stadium Club # 94 Brett Favre Rookie Error Card Spelled Farve Packers Card2013 Eddie Lacy Franklin Packers National Treasures Dual Nfl Shield True 1/12008 Topps Brett Favre Flight To 420 Auto Autograph 16/22 Sp Rare Hof PackersAaron Rodgers Autographed Green Bay Packers #12 White Jersey Hand Signed + CoaOfficial 3xmvp Brett Favre Autograph Rookie Mini Helmet Falcons Photo PackersEddie Lacy Auto #02/75 Blue Sapphire 2013 Topps Strata Rc Autograph Packers Sp2012 Leaf Vince Lombardi Legacy Wj-08 Jacket Card - Packers Very RareGreen Bay Packers Nike Vapor Authentic Hyperfuse Gloves Size Xl Retails For $1001968 Topps Football Lot (58) Diff Most Ex/ex-mt With PackersEddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Signed 16x20 Spotlight Photo W/jsa Coa!!!Green Bay Packers 2013 Supreme 16x Case Grab Hobby Team Bag Index Card Break2011 Panini Timeless Treasures Favre #105 Autograph /4 Vikings Hof Packers RareFull Size Aarron Rodgers Autograph Super Bowl Stat Helmet Greenbay PackersAaron Rodgers 2012 Panini Black Rare Packers Quad 3-clr Game Patch #5/8 Z5354