Detroit Lions Collectibles And Memorabilia



2015-06-26 10:54:17

Detroit Lions Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan.


Brief history/biography

The team originally started to play as an independent professional football team in 1929, and during this time they were based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans. The Spartans officially joined the NFL in 1930, and in 1934 the Spartans were then moved to Detroit where they were then renamed as the Detroit Lions.

The team colors are blue, silver, black and white, and their team mascot is "Roary" the Lion.

The Detroit Lions have won four NFL Championships in 1935, 1952, 1953, and 1957, (which gives the team the second-longest NFL Championship drought after the Arizona Cardinals), four Conference Championships and four Division Championships since their formation.

Some of the most notable players who once played for the Detroit Lions include Barry Sanders (who played for the team from 1989 to 1998), Dutch Clark (who played for the team from 1934 to 1938 and also coached the team from 1937 to 1938), Doak Walker (from 1950 to 1955), Lem Barney (from 1967 to 1977), Lou Creekmur (from 1950 to 1959) and Jack Christiansen (from 1951 to 1958).

Types of Detroit Lions collectibles and memorabilia


Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold Barry Sanders' framed 1992 Detriot Lions jersey for $1,500 in November of 2011.

Seized Assets Auctioneers in Westlake Village, California sold Barry Sanders' signed and framed Detroit Lions jersey for $600 in April of 2009.


DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan sold:

  • A 1940s Detroit Lions year book which was signed by Glenn Presnell, Ernie Caddell, George Clark, Ox Emerson, Jack Johnson and Bill Mckalip along with an autographed football (circa 1934) for $1,800 in August of 2008.
  • An official Detroit Lions team football which includes 48 different player signatures (circa 1958 to 1976) for $900 in November of 2006.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a football which was used in a game between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers on September 22nd, 1963 for
$2,200 in November of 2011.


Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold Barry Sanders' signed and game-used Detroit Lions helmet (circa 1990s) for $1,100 in November of 2011.


DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan sold various different Detroit Lions' game programs including one for a Lions vs. L.A. Rams game on October 15th, 1950, a Lions vs. Chicago Bears game on November 5th, 1950 along with four game programs (circa 1951 to 1969) and related news articles on the games for $500 in December of 2008.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was once owned, signed or used by Barry Sanders (who played for the team from 1989 to 1998) is considered to be the most valuable among collectors.

Memorabilia which dates back to before the 1960s or when the Lions were called the Portsmouth Spartans is considered to be more rare and valuable than memorabilia from the 1960s to present.

Restoration of a Detroit Lions football, helmet, uniform, jersey, Championship coin, Championship ring or game program is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Detroit Lions memorabilia, visit the Detroit Lions' official website, the NFL Shop and Football Fanatics.

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