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Mint-condition, autographed 1965 football donated to Packers

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A football signed by members of the 1965 Green Bay Packers has been donated to the team's Hall of Fame.

The mint-condition ball was autographed by several players and coach Vince Lombardi.

Chris Morey of Monona was 13 when he got the ball 45 years ago. His father took him to a game at Lambeau Field and then for dinner afterward. They ran into a few Packers at the restaurant including defensive end Lionel Aldridge, who gave Chris the ball.

Morey kept it stored in darkness since then. He says he knew the ball would be valuable one day, especially because of the Lombardi signature.

To avoid having to decide which of his two sons would get it, he donated it instead.

Packers Hall of Fame archivist Tom Murphy says it's among the best-preserved balls he's seen from that era.

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