When one speaks about great football coaches and motivators, Vince Lombardi is at the top of the list. The driving force of the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967, Lombardi and the Packers helped redefine winning. During his nine-year run in Green Bay, the Packers captured five NFL Championships, mainly due to Lombardi's grueling training regimen and demand for excellence.
His signature was long and flowing. His autograph is commonly seen on team-signed footballs from the 1960s, team correspondence from his days in Green Bay and occasionally on a signed photograph. It's questionable whether Lombardi signed his mail. There are numerous ghost-signed materials, stamped or printed signatures originating from fan requests.
While certainly not the most valuable football HOF signature, the master tactician's autograph is extraordinarily popular.
Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi (June 11, 1913 - September 3, 1970) was a notable head football coach in the NFL, best known for leading the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s – a period in which the Pack won three straight league championships and five in seven years, including winning the first two Super Bowls following the 1966 and 1967 seasons. Lombardi’s pro football career began with the New York Giants (1954-1958) as the team’s offensive backfield coach, helping lead the squad into a championship game by his third season. His most noteworthy contributions to the game, however, came as head coach of the Packers (1959-1967). In only Lombardi’s second year at Green Bay, he led the team to its first NFL Western Conference title since 1944. He went on to compile a 105–35–6 overall record, never suffering a losing season. Of his six NFL Championship victories, his three consecutive championship seasons (1965-1967) tied a record that had previously been set by Packers co-founder Curly Lambeau. Lombardi stepped down as head coach following the 1967 season but stayed on as the team’s general manager for 1968 before accepting a position as head coach of the Washington Redskins (1969), where he broke Washington’s string of 14 losing seasons. Following his sudden death in 1970, NFL officials renamed the Super Bowl trophy the "Vince Lombardi Trophy" in his memory. Lombardi was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.