The past four days in Southern California were once again taken over by the über-popular cultural phenomenon / marketing juggernaut known as San Diego Comic-Con. The annual summer convention of all things geek turned mainstream chic has welcomed thousands of locals along with even more fanatics worldwide. Although the joyous masses have left SDCC with vast amounts of goodies and loot, most are also leaving with empty pockets. The main culprit for this? Merchandise, and lots of it.
Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, WWE, movies, television, comics, so on and so forth. If you want it, and can pay for it, they've got it in spades at Comic-Con. You know who else is pretty adept at raking in merchandising dollars? The National Football League. The NFL has every fanatic covered, with jerseys, t-shirts, ball caps, jackets, Blu-Rays, and pennants, to the obscure, like barbecue sets, diaper bags, and garden gnomes. You can get just about anything with any team's logo emblazoned on it nowadays.
The shopper with more expendable income can get just about anything from the game itself also. Items like game-used footballs, game-worn jerseys and uniforms, autographed helmets, actual turf from the Super Bowl, even seats from your favorite defunct stadiums. The amount of trash and treasure available on the market is absolutely staggering, as are the prices in some cases.
All of this being said, there are many within Who Dat Nation who run the gamut from novice collectors who might own a jersey and some small tokens, to full blown memorabilia hounds who have spent thousands and thousands on Saints collectibles over the years. No matter where you land on the spectrum, we want to hear from you. If money were no object (or space for that matter), what piece of Saints history or memorabilia would you most covet in your home or office?
Some would love John Gilliam's kickoff touchdown ball or Steve Gleason's "Homecoming" jersey. Maybe Garrett Hartley's NFC Championship cleats or one of Drew Brees' record-breaking footballs. The choices of Saints collectibles are vast and varied, allowing quite a bit to choose from. Maybe some would enjoy Joe Horn's infamous cell phone or Gregg Williams' PowerPoint flash drive, it's all up to you.
Personally, I would love to have Tracy Porter's pick-six football from Super Bowl XLIV. That piece would be one the most coveted by Saints fans worldwide I would imagine, and the reasons are quite obvious. Now we want to hear your choices, Who Dat Nation! Leave us a description of your most coveted Saints collectibles and memorabilia in the comments section below. Who Dat!