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Lord of the Ring: Jim Brown Says Auction House Selling Stolen Bling

Lord of the Ring: Jim Brown Says Auction House Selling Stolen Bling

What Dark Lord Sauron snatched Jim Brown’s NFL championship ring?

Lelands auction house lists the three-time Associated Press NFL MVP’s 1964 Cleveland Browns championship ring on its website. But the football and lacrosse Hall of Famer maintains he never sold the ring.

“It was stolen from me many years ago, in the late 1960s,” Brown told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. “I’m surprised to hear that it’s publicly for sale, because whoever got it should know that I didn’t give it up.”

Five wannabe buyers have offered bids. The current price to beat stands at $36,602.50.

Brown’s Browns defeated Johnny Unitas’s Colts in the 1964 NFL championship game 27-0. The victory stands as the last championship for Cleveland in a major professional sport.

“The ring was obtained directly from a Brown immediate family member and sold by Lelands.com in 1998,” the sports memorabilia group contends. “During that original auction preview, Jim Brown himself inspected the ring and acknowledged its authenticity. One of the most important sports pieces ever sold, this gem is without a doubt the finest football piece ever to reach the market.”

Brown played one more season after winning his sole NFL championship, rushing for 1,544 yards and 17 touchdowns in 1965. Retiring as the league MVP left fans calling for his return to the game well into the 1980s.

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