1. Redskins Cards. Two cards I would put high on the wish list are a nice Sammy Baugh Rookie card from 1948, and a dual signed autograph card of two of the greatest and toughest Redskins running backs of all-time, John Riggins and Clinton Portis. Donruss Card Company made the 2004 Leaf Limited card of these two greats. The card has Portis on one side with a jersey swatch and an autograph, and Riggins on the other side with the same. It is numbered out of only 25 cards. Good luck finding that one, but it pops up every once in a while. If you are lucky, the dual signed card can be had for around $100, and the Baugh rookie can range from $75 to $200, depending on the condition.
2. Redskins Programs. Once in a blue moon, the 1937 Championship
program from Soldier Field against the Bears becomes available. Get
your checkbook ready, because one should expect to pay $1,500 for one
in decent condition. This game represents the culmination of the
Redskins' first year in Washington, and the rookie year of the great
Sammy Baugh, who would play 14 more years with the Redskins. A much
e alternative program is from last Sunday's game against
the Giants. These sold out like hotcakes, as it was a special tribute
edition to the late Sean Taylor. His smiling face adorns the cover,
and inside are at least 15 full page color photographs of him. It might
be the nicest program the Redskins have ever made. Expect to pay around
$25 for this on eBay.
3. Redskins Game Used Jerseys. Sure it would be nice to get a Baugh or
a Jurgensen, but realistically now, current star players are wearing a
new jersey in every game, so they have become much more accessible. It
used to be that if you got a Charles Mann jersey, he may have worn it
for two or three complete seasons, and one can see the wear and number
of repairs on such jerseys. Nonetheless, a nice Portis gamer, even one
with minimal use, would look good on the wall. He has been the
ultimate warrior this year in particular. One can expect to pay about
$1,200 to $2,000 for such a jersey.
4. How about some nice artwork? I would suggest the LeRoy Neiman lithographs of Larry Brown, Doug Williams or Clinton Portis. These are
really striking. The Portis litho came out one or two years ago and
was priced around $4,000. The other two are slightly less expensive on
the secondary market, but they are tougher to find.
5. Here's a crowd pleaser that is a bit more affordable . . . the new
Chris Cooley bobble head. He's sporting a full head of hair in the true
spirit of Captain Chaos!
Whatever you get for your loved one, remember they love the Redskins
even when they're down in the dumps. Perhaps if the Redskins beat
Baltimore this Sunday, we can start dreaming about Super Bowl XLIII
Memorabilia! Perhaps we will get some better memorabilia out of Tampa
Bay than we did in 1984 at Super Bowl XVIII.
Samu Qureshi is the leading Redskins memorabilia collector. His column
appears Tuesdays on WarpathInsiders.com and monthly in Warpath magazine.
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