With Donruss Classics Football going live last week, officials at Donruss have confirmed the existence of the first ever Sammy Baugh jersey card. A member of the charter hall of fame class of 1963, "Slingin' Sammy" redefined the quarterback position. He stretched the field and became the leagues first gunslinger, by moving the ball down the field in the air, no matter the situation.
The jersey is a maroon Washington Redskins home version wore in the 1940s. The "three quarter" sleeve length style has embedded elbow padding and shows the famous #33, the only number to be officially retired by the Redskins. The jersey was made by Sand Knit and measures size 46.
"We're always on the lookout for jerseys and materials of players that have never been done before," said Donruss Senior Football Brand Manager Ben Ecklar. "We were excited to add this piece to the Donruss collection, allowing us to exclusively offer these material cards to collectors from the charter Hall of Fame class."
After finishing a brilliant career at TCU, Baugh was selected in the first round of the draft by the Washington Redskins. He was instrumental in developing the passing game, something that had not yet been fully developed in professional football. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the charter class, joining the likes of Jim Thorpe, Harold "Red" Grange, Earl "Dutch" Clarke and Bronko Nagurski.
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