“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1949 AACC San Francisco ’49ers vs. Cleveland Browns Press Pin

 photo 49brownspresspinaacc_zpsy1t5t8yu.jpg

Well… Robert Griffin III is now a Cleveland Brown.  He must have put on one hell of a show for Hue Jackson to want him.  Cleveland seems to be the place to go where quarterbacks die.  Maybe this time it’ll be different.  I’m not holding my breath.  RGIII gets injured so easily.

It might be hard to believe, but at one time the Browns were actually very good.  They got their start in 1946 in the AAFC (All-American Football Conference), which was a major competitor to the NFL.  The AAFC was founded in 1944, but didn’t play it’s first season until 1946.  Then it went defunct in 1949.  While the AAFC was around, the Browns were champions for all four seasons of it’s existence.  Its no surprise that the NFL gave the Browns a place to go.  Along with the ’49ers and Colts.  They also have four NFL Championships under their belt as well.

Relics from these short lived leagues are in huge demand.  Since the AAFC wasn’t around that long, it’s list of merchandise is small.  The pin pictured above was given to members of the media who attended the fourth and final AAFC Championship game in 1949.  A pin just like this sold for over $400.00 not that long ago.