New York Giants Memorabilia

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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New York Giants memorabilia straddles the line between past and present. On the one hand, current players such as Jeremy Shockey and Jason Sehorn have acolytes everywhere as evidenced by the wide supply of jerseys bearing their names. Regrettably, few if any of the kids who wear them have ever heard of Frank Gifford, let alone Red Grange, the Giants' most recognizable star of the 1920s.

The brief history of the New York Giants is as follows. In the early days of the NFL, as the league was still battling for viability, a scenario that's hard to imagine nowadays, it was imperative that the nation's biggest metropolis lay claim to a franchise. So it was that the city of New York and the Giants helped give one another that visibility, though the city was arguably doing fine on its own. Still, absent the entrepreneurial flair of owner Tim Mara, it's hard to say exactly when a New York team might have made it to the gridiron.

New York Giants Memorabilia Today

The market for New York Giants memorabilia is flush today in part because of the team's long-running legacy of excellence, from the Grange years on up through the coaching tenure of Bill Parcells. Two of the tentpoles of that legacy in the current era were raised in 1986 and 1990, when the team went on to capture championships in Super Bowls XXI and XXV. In 2000, the Giants also won the NFC title, though they lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

So which New York Giants memorabilia, or more accurately whose New York Giants memorabilia, sells best today? While it's tempting to see stalwarts such as Gifford or Y.A. Tittle at the top of the list, fans often show historical amnesia when it comes to their heroes. Thus, players like Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, and now Eli Manning tend to take the spotlight, even if history eventually comes to shine as favorable a light on them as it does "old timers" like Tittle and receiver Joe Morrison.


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