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1933 Chicago Bears World Championship Ring

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $8,120.00

Extraordinarily rare and significant 1933 Chicago Bears World Championship ring awarded to star halfback John Sisk. This is an extremely rare example of the very first NFL Championship ring. If this was a baseball ring, its equivalent would be 1903 World Series ring. In the 1933 season, the NFL had for the first time established two divisions, the Eastern and Western, and the World Championship was to be decided by the Championship Game played between the lead teams in each division. A 10K gold 1933 Chicago Bears Championship Ring was awarded to each member of the 1933 Chicago Bears when they became World Champions following their 23-21 victory over the NY Giants in the very first NFL Championship Game. This historic Championship Game was played on December 17, 1933 in Chicago. During the 1933 Championship season, the Bears were coached by their owner, football pioneer George Halas. In addition to John Sisk, the 1933 Bears team included football legends Bronko Nagurski and Red Grange. As a college player, Sisk played for Marquette, where he was an All-American halfback from 1929 to 1931, and was named team Captain in 1931. Sisk earned the nickname the "Big Train" while with Marquette, both for his power on defense as well as offense. Sisk played for the Bears for five seasons, including their 1932 pre-NFL championship. In 1936 he was selected as an NFL All-Pro and in 1957 Sisk was inducted into the Chicago Bears Hall of Fame. His son, John Jr., was also a halfback for the Bears (1964-66), when the Sisks became the first father-son combination to have played pro-football for the same team, and the only pair to have played under the same coach, Hall of Famer George Halas. The ring is designed with the Bears' early mascot in relief on both sides. On the top is engraved lettering that reads "Chicago Bears" on one side and "World Champions 1933" on the other. The initials of John Sisk, "JMS" appear in very high relief on the stadium-shaped top. Though simple in design compared to the large and elaborately constructed Super Bowl rings of modern times, this 1933 World Championship ring is of far greater rarity, and of far greater significance to the history of the game, than perhaps any other football ring to ever come to auction. We are not aware of any other example of a 1933 World Championship ring ever being offered at auction. This ring originates directly from the Sisk family and is accompanied by a signed letter of affidavit from John Sisk, Jr. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $8,120.00

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