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Washington Redskins Football Vault

No other sports team in Washington, D.C., inspires as much love and devotion as the Redskins, those gridiron warriors in burgundy and gold.

The Washington Redskins Football Vault: The History of a Proud Franchise traces the team’s entire incredible story, from the early days in Boston, to the glory years under coach Joe Gibbs in the 1980s and early-90s, to the hiring of Mike Shanahan as coach and the trade for quarterback Donovan McNabb in 2010.

The book combines game coverage with behind-the-scenes stories that make the history of the Redskins so fascinating. One of those stories touches on the close connection in the early 1970s between Redskins coach George Allen and President Richard Nixon. To this day, many Redskins fans ask the question, did Nixon really “call the play.” They’ll find out. But the real treasures in this detailed “scrapbook” are the vintage photographs and memorabilia discovered in private collections and the Redskins’ archives. Fans will find reproductions of old game-program covers, historic tickets, vintage bumper stickers, posters and much more. Replicas include a panoramic photo of the 1939 team, quarterback Sammy Baugh’s 1949 contract, a letter from the U.S. attorney general to quarterback Sonny Jurgensen and even a letter from Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke to quarterback Joe Theismann after his devastating injury in 1985. All of this and more is locked inside the Washington Redskins Football Vault: The History of a Proud Franchise. No Redskins fan should be without this home archive of the long and colorful history of Washington’s storied pro football team.  It’s all in the Washington Redskins Football Vault!

All copies of the Vault are personalized for free by the author!

SOLD OUT! The last copy in my possession of the Washington Redskins Football Vault has been sold.  The book is out of print, but I hope to update it in the near future with the spectacular RGIII highlighting the pages as he leads to Redskins to championships!  To those of you who have a copy of the Vault, the most unique book ever compiled on the Redskins, you now own a collector's item.  I still have plenty of copies of The Redskins Encyclopedia, the most comprehensive journalistic account of Redskins history.  Just go to this page to make a purchase: http://www.redskinshistorian.com/redskins-encyclopedia.  Thanks to everyone for your staunch support.  HTTR!



"Washington Redskins Football Vault" Excerpt: Pages 16-17

1930: Displaced Citizens & “Slingin’” Sammy.

"Washington Redskins Football Vault" Excerpt: Pages 54-55

1960s: The Sam and Sonny Connection

"Washington Redskins Football Vault" Excerpt: Pages 76-79

1970s: Nothing Left to Chance, Allen’s Conservative Approach & Hostility Toward Dallas.

"Washington Redskins Football Vault" Excerpt: Pages 92-95

1980s: The “Riggo Drill” & Best Team in the History of Football.

"Washington Redskins Football Vault" Excerpt: Pages 132-135

21st Century: A D.C. Sports Tragedy & The Stunning Hiring of Jim Zorn.


"This book recaptures … the team’s eight-decade history, and the replicas of memorabilia from the different eras are amazing."

-Sonny Jurgensen (Redskins Hall of Fame QB & long-time radio analyst) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

“You don’t have to be a Washington Redskins fan to appreciate and enjoy the Washington Redskins Football Vault. Mike Richman has taken the story of one of sport’s most historically rich franchises and chronicles it in a way that is as interesting and colorful as the team itself. Actual replicas of one-of-kind team-related artifacts sprinkled throughout provide an entertaining touch to an already fact-filled book.”

-Joe Horrigan (NFL Historian-Pro Football Hall of Fame) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

“Serious collectors of NFL memorabilia and paper ephemera will want to add this book to their collection. It’s full of fascinating sidelights and tidbits, never before seen photos and enlightening anecdotes.”

-Steve Sabol (President-NFL Films) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

“The book arrived in the mail this morning and all I can say is WOW, what a fantastic job you have done. I have a shelf full of Redskins books, but this one goes to the front. One of the things that blows me away is the way in which you have colorized the black and white pictures. Great job, Mike, and thanks for all your good work. I look forward to your next project.”

-Jack Hilliard (from Greensboro, NC) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

“This is the best book on the Redskins franchise I have ever had the pleasure to read. This book contains the most interesting memorabilia I have ever seen. My personal favorite is the copy of the actual letter addressed to Joe Theismann from Jack Kent Cooke about his retirement due to injury. It made me want to cry.”

-Leah Devine (of Crownsville, MD) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

“I am super impressed and congratulate you on producing a wonderful piece of work. I can say I particularly find all of the inserts fascinating. I love the old- style Redskins pennant hidden in the pages, fabulous. I’m calling the Vault my MVP – Most Valuable Publication.”

-Phil Koschak (The “Antipodean” Redskins fan of Melbourne, Australia) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

“I got the vault as a birthday present last week, Mike - WOW. Incredible, incredible job.”

-SuperSkin Defender (of FedExField) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

“I love the football vault...just got it for Christmas..i love the old tickets and letters inside..great historical facts! great job!"

-Mark Flaherty (of Leonardtown, MD) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

“Mr. Richman, I just purchased (the Washington Redskins Football Vault) and must say that I really enjoyed it. That is a must have book for any Redskin fan. I love both of your books.”

-Jeffrey Pickle (of Marbury, MD) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

"I just wanted you to know we just got back from a long trip and got a chance to really look through one of the books -- the Redskins Vault -- and we can't put it down.  This was supposed to be a Christmas gift, but my husband can not wait that long.  He wants to read them both cover to cover as soon as he can. Oh well, guess I better find something else to surprise him with!  The books are amazing and we LOVE the T - Shirt.  I am going to send Larry Michael an email and hope he reads it on the air for everyone to buy these books for their Redskins fans!  They will be more than happy they did!  Thanks so much for making such a great read for us Redskins Fans!"

-Kimi Herndon (of Glen Allen, VA) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

“We got the book yesterday! Thank you, thank you! My husband is very excited to put it in his "Redskins/man room." We are stationed in Utah, Eddie is in the Air Force. Hail to the Redskins from Utah!”

-Samantha Lewis (of Hill Air Force Base, Utah) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

"I just would like to let you know how much I really love the Redskins Vault. It is the very best skins book that I've ever seen.  I just got it.  I also have your Redskins Encyclopedia, and it is good, too.  But the Vault is off the charts.  I had to let you know how happy I am with it.  One of the things that I love about it most is that you wrote about Sean Taylor's death. I can't wait until an update comes out to see how you write about our new franchise QB, RG3.  So thank you so much for helping me remember the good, the bad and the great! :) SKINS FOR LIFE!"

-Larnell Carr Sr. (of Washington, D.C.) on the WASHINGTON REDSKINS FOOTBALL VAULT

I wanted to let you know that I received the book and T-shirt package today. It is everything that I hoped it would be and more...THANK YOU! I look forward to reading the Vault and it will definitely be one of the highlight pieces of my Redskins collection. As a lifelong fan and former Redskins team intern in 2008, this book is truly special. Keep up the great work and I look forward to your future appearances on Redskins Nation. Happy Holidays to you and your family! HTTR!

-Bryan Couch (of Sterling, VA) on the Washington Redskins Football Vault