Chicago Bears Collectibles And Memorabilia
Chicago Bears Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois.
The Chicago Bears were originally founded in Decatur, Illinois in 1919 (but moved to Chicago in 1921), and the team colors are navy blue, orange and white.
The Chicago Bears have won nine NFL League Championships in 1921, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, and 1963, one Super Bowl Championship in 1985, four Conference Championships in 1956, 1963, 1985 and 2006, and 18 Division Championships in 1933, 1934, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001, 2005, 2006, and 2010.
Some of the most notable players who once played for the team include Bronko Nagurski (who played for the team from 1930 to 1937 and also in 1943), Red Grange (from 1929 to 1934), Richard Dent (from 1983 to 1993), Sid Luckman (from 1939 to 1950), and Dick Butkus (from 1965 to 1973).
Types of Chicago Bears collectibles and memorabilia
Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, New York sold Sid Luckman's game-worn Chicago Bears jersey for $29,000 in November of 2008.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold Dick Butkus' 1971-1972 Chicago Bears game-worn helmet for $6,000 in April of 2010.
Christie's in New York sold a football from a Chicago Bears vs. the New York Giants game in 1932 (which was the first game when "hash marks" were used in a football game) for $2,530 in March of 1994. The football was also inscribed to Mrs. Lotshaw, (the wife of the Chicago Bears trainer), and signed by Bronco Nagurski, Red Grange, Jim McMillan, Bert Pearson, Brummy Brumbaugh, Don Murray, Lloyd Burdich, Link Lyman, Garland Grange and George Trafton.
Nate D. Sanders in Los Angeles, California sold:
- A signed player's contract between the Chicago Bears and Bronko Nagurski (circa 1937) for $525 in September of 2007.
- A signed player's contract between the Chicago Bears and Bronko Nagurski (circa 1939) for $600 in August of 2007.
Christie's in New York sold:
- Three Chicago Bears football programs from the 1920s (including a Chicago vs. Milwaukee game on November 30th, 1924, a Chicago vs. Detroit game on November 25th, 1925, and a Chicago vs. Akron Indians game on October 31st, 1926) for $805 in October of 1993.
- Three Chicago Bears football programs from the 1920s (including a Chicago vs. Louisville game in 1926, a Chicago vs. Detroit game in 1928, and a Chicago vs. Dayton game in 1927) for $805 in March of 1994.
Guide for collectors
Memorabilia that was once owned, signed or used by Sid Luckman (who played for the team from 1939 to 1950), and Dick Butkus (from 1965 to 1973) is considered to be the most valuable.
Chicago Bears memorabilia that dates back to before the 1950s is considered to be more rare and valuable than Chicago Bears memorabilia from the 1960s to present.
Restoration of a Chicago Bears helmet, jersey, uniform, Championship ring, Championship coin, program or football is not recommended.
For more information regarding where to find Chicago Bears-related memorabilia, visit the Chicago Bears official website, the NFL Shop or Football Fanatics.
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