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TEAM PARAPHERNALIA FLIES OUT THE DOOR

December 30, 2012 12:10 am

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Robert Williams carries action figures of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who also is featured on a trading card at The Card Cellar. lo122912redskinsram4.jpg

King George County resident Michael Gray looks over a stack of autographed Washington Redskins photographs at The Card Cellar in Fredericksburg. lo122912redskinsram3.jpg

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BY JEFF BRANSCOME

Mary Grice said she had two seating options for tonight's NFC East division championship game at FedEx Field between the Redskins and the Cowboys.

A friend offered her and her husband tickets for end-zone seats or for a club-level, standing-only "party deck." The choice was party deck "all the way," Grice said with a laugh.

"I don't think anybody will be sitting in that game," said Grice, who lives in southern Stafford County. "It's going to be edge of your seat through the end."

Her friend, who is also attending, got the tickets in September through his business.

Like other Redskins fans shopping at The Card Cellar in downtown Fredericksburg on Friday, Grice was optimistic about her team's chances against their rival, but not overly so.

"I think we've got a good chance," she said. "It's nice when both teams need it. Then you know it's going to be a good game."

Sales of Redskins items, especially those attached to rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII), have been heavy at The Card Cellar, said owners Bart and Kim Goldberg.

During a 35-minute span last week, they sold a card and mini helmet autographed by RGIII, three RGIII figurines and three autographed cards of retired Redskins. On Friday morning, a woman purchased a Redskins purse and a team scarf and necklace to wear to the game.

"The excitement's bubbling for this weekend," said Bart Goldberg, who grew up in Carlisle, Pa., where the Redskins had their training camp for years. "I hope they continue the winning streak and that bubble doesn't burst."

Some customers have also purchased Cowboys clothing for the big game, he said.

In fact, Caroline County resident Dan Carey bought a $100 Cowboys jacket on Friday. He's a Redskins fan, but his wife roots for the Cowboys.

They have tickets for tonight's game, where Carey will wear a Redskins jersey and his wife a Cowboys jersey and the new jacket.

"We've been married for a little over 20 years," he said. "It's a fun thing for us."

Carey said he thinks the Redskins stand a "good chance," though he said he'll feel bad for his wife if the Cowboys lose.

"It's been a long time since you've had a meaningful Redskins-Cowboys game," said Carey, who purchased the tickets at the beginning of the season. "It couldn't have worked out any more perfectly."

Tickets are still available for tonight's game, though good seats will cost you what you'd pay for a late-model used car.

StubHub, one of the online ticket markets, had 537 tickets for sale Friday evening. Ticketmaster had 404 tickets at its resale site.

The cheapest tickets on StubHub were a pair of standing-room-only tickets in section 440 of the upper deck. The owner was asking $212 per ticket. Choice seats on the sideline in the lower bowl were pricier: $9,999 each. Fourteen of them were available.

Grice, the woman who has tickets for the party deck, said her husband, Mike, will wear Redskins apparel, but only if she promises not to post pictures of him on Facebook. He's from Pittsburgh and normally roots for the Steelers.

Still, Mike Grice said he's excited for the Redskins: "It's their time."

Staff writer Jim Hall contributed to this report.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402
Email: jbranscome@freelancestar.com





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