Jim Brown’s 1964 NFL Championship ring is up for auction on Lelands.com and the bidding is already over $30,000.
The only problem is that Brown says he hasn’t seen the ring in over 40 years because it was stolen from him.
“I’m surprised to hear that it’s publicly for sale because whoever got it should know that I didn’t give it up,” Brown told the Pioneer Press.
The auction website states, “The provenance and chain of title is well-documented: Jim Brown to family member to Lelands to Cleveland Sport Collection auction buyer back to Lelands.com and now to you.”
Assuming Brown’s claims are true, this would mean that either a family member stole the ring from Brown or someone posed as one when they initially sold it to Lelands.
Brown says he filed a police report when he lost it and is thrilled about the idea of reuniting with the ring he earned after rushing for 114 yards on 27 carries in Cleveland’s 27-0 victory over the Baltimore Colts in the NFL title game 50 years ago.
Photo via Lelands