I purchased it several years ago from a long-time collector Jerry Brotman, who acquired it from the Redskins owner's launderer.
Jack Kent Cooke was always seen wearing this hat, much like arch rival Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry was always seen wearing his more subtle grey version. Jack's hat was even the insignia on the label of the commemorative beer bottle, Big Jack Ale. It was also the commemorative pin released in his honor and given out with the purchase of programs to the first game at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in 1997.
This piece is the quintessential trademark and lasting impression of Cooke, especially since the stadium is now known as FedEx Field. Where have you gone Raljon?
Approximate value: $1,000
Samu Qureshi is considered the leading collector of Washington Redskins memorabilia by many Washington media. His column appears exclusively on WarpathInsiders.com on Tuesdays. Samu also pens a monthly column for Warpath magazine. He can be reached at SAMU.QURESHI@Longandfoster.com.
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