Hank Stram’s Super Bowl IV Ring Highlights Upcoming Worthridge Auction

worthridge5-19-14This is your opportunity to own a Super Bowl ring owned by one of the greatest coaches, innovators, motivators, and men in professional football history- Hank Stram.  The Worthridge Auction will run November 19 until December 6.

Close your eyes and you can see the nattily attired Stram patrolling the sidelines, in his navy blue blazer with a red pocket square and Chiefs spearhead logo on the breast pocket, exuberantly leading his 1969 Kansas City team to victory in Super Bowl IV. Thanks to NFL films, we remember Stram enthusiastically telling his Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson to run “65 toss power trap” and encouraging his Chiefs to “keep matriculating the ball down the field.”

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Stram and Chiefs general manager Jack Steadman commissioned Josten’s to design a ring that symbolized the victory over the Vikings and acknowledged the team’s tenth anniversary. Josten’s presented this ring to Stram for his approval.

The ring, which weighs 26 pennyweight, is 10k gold, featuring a natural one karat diamond surrounded by 10 smaller diamonds (one for each year the franchise spent in the AFL), ranging in size from three to five points, set in a white gold football shaped crest. The crest is set into a glowing synthetic ruby. On one shank is the American Football League seal surrounded by a crown. The three points of the crown list the Chiefs AFL championships- 1962 (as the Dallas Texans) 1966, and 1969. In between the AFL logo and championships is the score of the final title game in AFL history, Chiefs 17, Oakland Raiders 7.

At the bottom of the shank is one word- “confidence.” The other shank has the game’s score above the Super Bowl trophy. Over the Super Bowl trophy (this was the first championship ring to include it), is an oval shaped globe, symbolizing the Chiefs world championship. On one side of the Lombardi Trophy is a laurel twig, symbolizing achievement and victory. On the other side is a piece of ivy, symbolizing fidelity and immortality. At the bottom of the shank is one word- “poise.”

Also in this collection is a Kansas City Chiefs track suit made for and worn by Stram.

Both items include a letter of authenticity from the Stram estate.

Worthridge is proud to present the Reggie White Collection, and all items will be a part of their second Sports Memorabilia Auction, running from November 19 until December 6.

Worthridge is the culmination of over 20 years of sports memorabilia and collectibles experience. The company began as a small baseball card store, and over the years has supplied the industry’s largest auction houses with some of the finest memorabilia to ever enter the market.

If you’d like more information about this, or to schedule an interview, please email Will Sykes at will@worthridge.com, or contact our office during normal business hours, Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm eastern time.