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Controversy Over Jim Brown’s Championship Ring

Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown
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The 1964 NFL Cleveland Browns Championship Ring issued to the legendary Jim Brown is up for bid this month on the sports memorabilia auction site Lelands.com, however, the Hall of Fame running back claims the ring was actually stolen from him some years ago.

Josh Evans of Lelands disputes Brown’s accusation, and says Brown was on hand to inspect and authenticate the ring in 1998 when the auction house first sold it.

Evans says Brown – a standout athlete who gained national attention in his college days at Syracuse University – gave the ring to family member who later sold it, and is now backtracking (listen to the audio below).

He joined WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning this week to discuss the controversy, and talk about some other big ticket items up for bid:

  • a ticket to last game Babe Ruth homered in
  • Mickey Mantle’s last game ticket
  • the Honus Wagner baseball card (the real one)

Also, have you ever wondered if your collectable Wheaties Boxes are worth anything, and how valuable is sports memorabilia from athletes who’ve been blacklisted after becoming criminals, or for other reasons – like Pete Rose?  

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