Symbolic of longevity and tradition, this 1936 Green Bay Packers panoramic team photo is among the rarest and earliest in the realm of gridiron collectibles. Issued by Wheaties in 1937, this scarce survivor measures 10-5/8 x 4-5/8” and portrays (29) members of Titletown’s fourth of an NFL record 13 championship installments. The players/coaches are arranged in three rows with printed identifiers near the lower border. Among the subjects are coach Curly Lambeau, and Hall of Famers Arnie Herber, Clark Hinkle, Don Hutson, Walt Kiesling and Johnny “Blood” McNally.
This well-preserved relic holds sentimental value on several fronts. While the 1936 title was Green Bay’s fourth, it was the first realized under the “championship game” format (instituted in 1933) and was also the first championship game played at a neutral site. It has been said that these visually appealing prizes were awarded as premiums for customers in return for a designated number of Wheaties box tops. Another source has it that these were issued locally to Wisconsin-based students who excelled in a reading program. Whatever the origin or method of obtaining, this is a well-preserved example. Complete with a few nearly indiscernible creases confined to the lower right, the piece is minimally affected by tiny tears on the upper corners and lower border, as well as instances of very minor paper loss on the upper border. These flaws are reported only for the sake of accuracy, as they in no way affect the glorious imagery.