The Baltimore Ravens have been one of the most consistent football teams in the NFL since their establishment in 1996. The team was established in the mid-‘90s when Cleveland Browns owner, Art Modell, wanted to relocate the team to Baltimore. In a settlement between the NFL and the Cleveland, Modell was allowed to relocate the team, but was required to leave the Browns’ name, colors and legacy in Cleveland for a replacement team. Since 2000, the Ravens have made the playoffs nine times, claimed two AFC Championships, four AFC North titles and won the Super Bowl twice. The success the Ravens have had in such a little time is what makes their team memorabilia so sought after and valuable.
The Baltimore Ravens began to build a championship team right out of the gates. During the 1996 NFL Draft, the Ravens selected Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis in the first round – two selections that would serve as consistent pillars of the team in the years to come. In 1999, after three-consecutive losing seasons the Ravens hired Brian Billick as their new head coach. Billick coached the team to its first non-losing season, but the 8-8 record was not enough to make the playoffs. A defense led by Ray Lewis took the Ravens to the next level during the 2000 season. The team finished an unprecedented 12-4 and Lewis was named the Defensive Player of the Year while his team was playoff bound for the first time. Once in the playoffs, the Ravens cruised through the AFC with wins over the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders, which set them up with a trip to Super Bowl XXXV against the New York Giants. Baltimore dominated New York much like it did every team it faced during the playoffs and claimed the first Super Bowl title in team history.
In the years after their Super Bowl win, the Ravens struggled to keep some of their impact players, but their ability to draft high-caliber players let them continue to build for the future. In 2002, the Ravens drafted Ed Reed in the first round and followed suit in 2003 when they drafted Terrell Suggs – both players turned out to be critical to the team’s future success. During the 2008 season, the Ravens added the personnel to their team that would eventually lead them back to the championship. Former Ravens quarterback, John Harbaugh was hired as the team’s new head coach. Harbaugh wasted no time when it came to trying to build a contender and he took to the draft where he choose quarterback Joe Flacco in the first round and running back Ray Rice in the second. With all the right pieces in place, the Ravens were primed for another Super Bowl run.
It was during the 2012 season that all of the Ravens’ pieces clicked and team surged into the playoffs with a 10-6 record. The Ravens defeated the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots on their way to Super Bowl XLVII and a date with the San Francisco 49ers. Baltimore fought off a strong effort by the 49ers and won its second title in team history with a 34-31 effort. Baltimore fans can highlight this Super Bowl winning moment with Terrell Suggs memorabilia. Items signed by the Ravens linebacker can represent the transition from Ray Lewis to Terrell Suggs and fans can remain at ease knowing their defense is in good hands.
The Ravens are one of the more successful NFL franchises in the league today. With superstar players like Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Terrell Suggs, Jacoby Jones and Haloti Ngata, the Ravens are constructed to keep winning at a high level for years to come. The Ravens’ history of winning is highlighted by their Hall of Fame Players: Rod Woodson, Jonathan Ogden and eventually Ray Lewis. When you combine the Ravens’ ability to succeed in such little time with their high-level of play today the options for adding great memorabilia to your collection is endless.
- Ray Lewis Autographed Jerseys: Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens are synonymous. Lewis was a member of the Ravens’ inaugural 1996 team until he retired after the 2012 season. As a 13-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion, Lewis will go down as one of the best linebackers to ever play in the NFL. Because Lewis won the Defensive Player of the Year award twice in his career – just the sixth person to do so twice – his memorabilia is consistently among our most sought after. Of our many Ravens products, autographed Ray Lewis jerseys are among our best-selling items. A purple home-styled jersey would be a great pickup for any Baltimore Ravens memorabilia collector and fan. Ray Lewis is a future Hall of Famer, so the time to invest in his products is now because they will continue to rise in value well into the future.
- Joe Flacco Signed Photos: Since 2008, Joe Flacco has taken the NFL by storm. The strong-armed quarterback, nicknamed “Joe Cool” for his easy-going demeanor is already a Super Bowl champion and a Super Bowl MVP. His stock as one of elite quarterbacks in the NFL continues to rise and so does the value in his memorabilia. Baltimore Ravens fans and NFL fans like should take the time to browse through Joe Flacco signed photos in order to find the perfect Flacco moment to preserve in their collection forever. Because Flacco is not a fan of the attention and limelight, he rarely does official signings, making a Joe Flacco autographed photos a terrific addition to any collection that will acquire future worth.
- Ray Rice Autographed Footballs: Ray Rice is one of the premier running backs in the NFL today. He is a complete package; he can run, catch, block and pretty much anything else his team needs him to do. Ray Rice is a three-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion, making his memorabilia extremely desirable among NFL collectors. An autographed Ray Rice football would be a fantastic addition to any collection. Additionally, a football that is hand-signed by the All-Pro running back and features the logo from his victorious trip to Super Bowl XLVII denotes Rice’s most noteworthy career achievement.
- Ed Reed Signed Memorabilia: Ed Reed will always be remembered as a Baltimore Raven despite having played for a couple of other teams after his time in Baltimore. Reed was a nine-time Pro Bowl player as a member of the Ravens and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. Ed Reed is considered to be one of the greatest safeties in NFL history, which makes his memorabilia very desirable among NFL collectors. A signed Ed Reed photo can add a ton of historical depth to any collection; it features Reed and his long-time teammate, Ray Lewis. A photo with an Ed Reed autograph, which make his memorabilia very valuable because he is always very reluctant to do official signing sessions.