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Nobody can argue that Barry Bonds’ big balls are the most bogus sports memorabilia up for auction today. But there is a runner-up: A sharp poster on the Dan Snyder-owned message board, Extremeskins.com, spotted this “Vintage ACTUAL Redskins jersey Wilson worn by player” on eBay last week.
Nothing about the shirt, which the seller claims “saw action on the field at RFK (1970’s-80’s?),” looks anything like any garment the Skins wore in that era or any other. But the sales pitch from eBay member id7sev (feedback: 100 percent positive) and the case presented for the shirt’s authenticity are pricelessly earnest:
This was a gift from an old girlfriend in 1992 when I lived in Virginia and in the Navy. She got this through her cousin’s friend who worked for the Redskins…As the pics show there is some slight battle damage in the shoulders and collar from contact. The numbers and letters are still in good shape, the paint is not peeling from the fabric. I called the Wilson company and they confirmed they had the contract with the NFL to supply the uniforms for all the teams back in the 70’s and into the early 90’s at various times. (now Reebok has the contract, before them it was Nike). So I am confident it is for real.
With only hours left in the bidding, apparently nobody’s yet alerted id7sev or eBay that mislabeled wares are on the block. Perhaps Redskins fans have become accustomed in recent years to paying high prices for products of dubious value.