On February 7, fans will enjoy the 50th NFL Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It’s an event that has grown into a national holiday. Last year’s Super Bowl XLIX broke the American television viewing record – previously held by 2013’s Super Bowl XLVIII – with 114.4 million viewers tuning in. This year’s event will be broadcast in 180 countries and in 25 languages.
To celebrate the golden anniversary of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, we have selected eight pieces of ownable Super Bowl memorabilia from some of the past 49 Super Bowls. Read on to relive the greatest sports sentiments of all time.
The First AFL-NFL World Championship Game (Super Bowl I): 1967 Packers vs. Chiefs 36” x 48” Framed Canvas Super Bowl I Program, $299.95
This canvas, officially licensed by the NFL, illustrates the cover art of the original game program. It’s from the matchup that started it all.
The merger between the NFL and the AFL called for a championship game between both conferences’ champions to determine the best team in the merged leagues. At the time, no one could predict the outcome – football wasn’t a well-watched sport and the game wasn’t a sellout. With 33,000 seats unsold, this was the only Super Bowl that didn’t completely pack the stadium.
Ultimately, the Kansas City Chiefs lost to Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, and it set the tone for things to come.
Super Bowl III: New York Jets Team Autographed 16” x 20” Super Bowl III Photograph, $849.95
This photograph of Namath – bearing a tamper-evident hologram from Fanatics Authentic – includes the signatures of the New York Jets’ finest, including Joe Namath himself, Emerson Boozer, and Bill Mathis.
In the early years of the merger, many NFL traditionalists considered the AFL a joke or a “Mickey Mouse League,” as Vince Lombardi once suggested. Most thought the AFL teams were outclassed by NFL teams – as demonstrated by the massive victory margins in the two AFL-NFL World Championship Games.
For the third championship game – the first to be named the “Super Bowl” – New York Jets quarterback “Broadway” Joe Namath had something to prove. Famously, he guaranteed reporters that the Jets would win Super Bowl III. Namath delivered on that promise; he threw 17 for 28 passes for 206 yards.
Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl VI Roger Staubach Plaque with Replica Ticket, $39.95
This plaque, from Fanatics Authentic, features a photo of Staubach after Super Bowl VI alongside a replica stadium ticket.
Despite Super Bowl VI being the Dallas Cowboys’ second Super Bowl, the team had developed a reputation for botching big games. (Case in point: the premerger 1966 and 1967 NFL Championship Games and Super Bowl V.) Quarterback Roger Staubach turned things around for the Cowboys in Super Bowl VI. Staubach threw for 12 out of 19, made 119 yards, and scored two touchdowns. The Dallas defense held the Miami Dolphins to just one field goal – the only time a team managed to prevent their opponent from scoring a touchdown in a championship game. This game prepared the Cowboys for Super Bowl XII and their eventual domination of the league in the 1990s.
Super Bowl VIII: 1972 Team Signed Miami Dolphins Deluxe Framed Autographed 40th Anniversary Jersey, $2,999.95
This specially made, framed jersey is signed by the members of the ’72 Dolphins, including Mercury Morris, Larry Csonka, and Jim Kiick. It’s officially licensed by the NFL and comes with a tamper-evident hologram from Fanatics Authentic.
In 1972, the Miami Dolphins’ Super Bowl victory was a total domination. A blocked field goal/fumbled forward pass defined the win; it allowed the Washington Redskins to score and avoid the only shutout in Super Bowl history. While the game itself was not dramatic – short of the blocked field goal known as
Garo’s Gaffe – the credibility was; it put to rest weak-scheduling talk that had previously undermined the Dolphins’ perfect season.
Super Bowl XIII: Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers Autographed 8”x10” Super Bowl XIII Photograph, $199.95
This game photo of Terry Bradshaw is hand-signed by Bradshaw himself and officially licensed by the NFL. It bears a tamper-evident hologram from Fanatics Authentic.
In Super Bowl XII, a so-called rematch of Super Bowl X, the Dallas Cowboys faced Bradshaw and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams were attempting to win their third Lombardi Trophy – a yet unattained feat. Bradshaw eclipsed Bart Starr’s passing-yards Super Bowl record in the first half with 253 yards in the air. He finished the game with 17 out of 30 passes, 318 yards, and four touchdowns. The truly amazing part: Dallas kept the game close – scoring two goals in the final minutes. The Cowboys became the first defending Super Bowl champion to lose in the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XXIII: Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers Autographed Red Proline Jersey with SB XXXIII MVP Inscription, $499.95
This Proline jersey is hand-signed by Jerry Rice on the back number block. Whether it’s framed or unframed, this jersey is licensed by the NFL. It also comes with a tamper-evident hologram from Fanatics Authentic.
Many would say that Super Bowl XXIII is their favorite championship. The matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals was the third in the Super Bowl’s history; it was also one of the most competitive (tied 3-3 at the half). With 34 seconds of regulation left on the clock, Joe Montana made a notable pass to John Taylor. The 49ers won the game after being down 13-16 in the fourth quarter. Jerry Rice became a legacy as the MVP of the match.
Super Bowl XLII: Eli Manning New York Giants Super Bowl XLII Champions Autographed 16”x20” Scramble Shot Photograph, $279.95
This photograph of Giants quarterback Eli Manning evading a Patriots sack has been hand-signed by Manning himself. The image is officially licensed by the NFL and bears a tamper-evident hologram from Fanatics Authentic.
When they reached the Super Bowl in 2008, the New England Patriots were on their way to becoming the first team to have both a perfect 16-game season and a perfect postseason. The Pats were a major favorite for a win against the New York Giants. At the time, the Giants were in a rebuilding year following the retirement of running back Tiki Barber. The Super Bowl matchup can only be described as one of the greatest upsets in NFL history. Down 10-14 in the fourth quarter, the Giants made an 83-yard run with 2:39 left in regulation to win the game.
Super Bowl XXV: Ottis Anderson New York Giants Autographed Super Bowl XXV Football with SB XXV Inscription, $249.95
This football, hand-signed by Anderson, is officially licensed by the NFL and bears a tamper-evident hologram from Fanatics Authentic.
With no turnovers committed by either the Buffalo Bills or the New York Giants, Super Bowl XXV was arguably the most technically sound match ever. It was also one of the most intensely contested as well. The highly favored Buffalo Bills lost by one point: 19-20 – the smallest margin of victory in Super Bowl history. The Giants overcame their 3-12 second quarter deficit as well as their Super Bowl possession record of 40 minutes and 33 seconds. The game was also memorable for Giants running back and game MVP Ottis Anderson, who had 21 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown. He was the first recipient of the Pete Rozelle Trophy.
Get in on the Game
Between the football greats, the rising stars, and the plays that bring you to the edge of your seat, there’s no denying one fact: The Super Bowl is one of the greatest sporting events in history. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the action. Bring home a jersey or other Super Bowl gear from Fanatics. A photo or football signed by your favorite player (or team) is also a great way to show your team spirit – plus this kind of memorabilia will be something you’ll want to keep for years to come.