The Crown Jewel of Your Packer Shrine

Something tells me that this hat is displayed in a Packer Shrine somewhere even though it gets to come out for game days.

Some fan bases are different. The devotion and love that these fans have for their team is something beyond what most casual fans experience. It's something that is handed down from generation to generation and a bonding moment for families and loved one. It's a shared experience of a community. It's something always finds peculiar ways of manifesting itself in the daily lives of the faithful. Being a Packer fan is often something like this.

I myself was raised a Packer fan. Many of my family and friends are Packer fans as well, and one of the most common forms of expression about being a Packer fan that I have seen is the Packer Shrine. You know what I'm talking about. It's that wall on the office at work devoted to old ticket stubs of games you have attended. It's that room in your basement decked out with old posters and fathead decorations. It's that old RV that you painted Green and Gold (probably badly) and use as a mobile party center on game day.

For every Packer Shrine there is that one thing that is the highlight. It's a picture of you with Donald Driver. It's an old Reggie White autograph. It's a framed jersey. It's your stock certificate. It's something that gives you that tangible and personal connection to the Green Bay Packers.

My question to you is what is the crown jewel of your Packer Shrine?

For me it's a unique piece that my wife and I found randomly one day. I was walking through a local mall and saw a consignment shop. Now the shop puts all their Packer merchandise towards the front (probably to draw people like me in) and so I decided to see what sort of interesting things they had in stock. Then I saw this old leather helmet signed by Tony Canedeo. It included a picture of Canedeo signing the helmet and was reasonably priced. There were a few other items that caught my eye as well - a signed Paul Hornung jersey, a Reggie White autographed football, various things signed by Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers - but there was just something about this that caught my eye.

I exercised discipline and walked away, meeting back up with my wife for lunch. Over lunch I mentioned my find and where the place was and she actually seemed pretty excited too. She excused herself from the table and left me to keep her mother company over lunch while she took a look for herself. She fell in love with the item right away, and for the next few days the discussion became whether we should pull the trigger on it or not. Finally, we agreed to do it. Now as I set up my own little basement shrine and plan my Packer game day parties I am trying to find the right place for this part of Packer history.

So what is the crown jewel of your Packer Shrine?

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