1953 Bob Smith Detroit Lions World Championship Watch

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1923

Item Year: 1953

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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On December 28, 1952, the Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns 17-7 in the NFL Championship game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Offered here is a rare 1952 Detroit Lions World Championship wristwatch, with brown-leather wristband, presented to All Pro defensive back and punter Bob Smith in commemoration of that victory. It should be noted that this watch, which was issued to each team member, is the equivalent of a Super Bowl ring today. The gold-colored Longines watch features a unique design in that in the place of the hour numerals, the watch face features the twelve letters D E T R O I T L I O N S. "Longines/1952/World Champions/National Football League" is also lettered on the watch face. The recipient's name, "J. Robert Smith," is engraved on the reverse. James Robert "Bob" Smith played with the Lions from 1949 to 1954 and was a key member of both the 1952 and 1953 World Championship clubs. In 1952 he was third in the league in interceptions (9) and also handled the club's punting duties. Following the 1952 season he was selected as a first-team All Pro by the United Press and he was also selected to play in the 1953 Pro Bowl. He retired after the 1954 season. The watch (1.25 inches in diameter), remains in working order and the leather wristband displays light-to-moderate wear. Excellent to Mint condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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