Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ray Nitschke's Packer Hall of Fame ring (Class of '78)

Here's an interesting award ring; this was given to Ray Nitschke upon his induction to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1978.

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Note the singular "Packer" — this was before the HoF adopted its current, plural, name.

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The ring is 10 karat yellow gold, with a smooth cut green stone.

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On one shank is his name and year of induction. On the other shank is a three-helmet design, representing different periods in the team's history.

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The same three helmets—1920s brown leather, 1940s painted and padded leather and 1960s plastic—appear on the Hall of Fame logo:

I like this ring. Simple design, very classic. The yellow gold and green stone reflect the Packers' colors well.

I wonder if they still award these to inductees?

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