An unusual item came across my desk this morning … a press release via email from a promotional firm representing an auction house that was announcing a rare item that was being auctioned – “Recently uncovered are an early pair of heavily worn Riddell football cleats, dating to the 1929-34 era,” the release stated. The cleats are said to be those of none other than Green Bay Packers player, founder and first coach, Curly Lambeau.
The cleats are being auction by MEARS Online Auctions.
The cleats are described this way by the promotional company:
The shoes are of great historical importantance. In the early days Curly Lambeau single-handedly carried the Green Bay Packers franchise on his back, and was wearing these shoes on his feet during the process. Lambeau was credited with adding the Packers to the early NFL and sustaining the franchise through many early hardships. His efforts were rewarded by having the team’s stadium named in his honor. Possibly, the most important piece of early Green Bay Packers memorabilia to survive.
The cleats are available for bidding via MEARS AUCTION #47, which ends March 2, 2013, at 9 a.m. CST. There is a 15-minute rule. They are Lot #360: 1929-43 Earl “Curly” Lambeau Green Bay Packers Game Worn Riddell Yellow Back Kangaroo Leather Football Cleats (MEARS/Consignor LOA).
It’s a great read that you can see by clicking above or scrolling down here – if you read the post here, you might also want to go to the site and tool around there … They’ve got an interesting collection of other sports items that may be of interest to you.