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Browns fans can trade team quarterback autographs for gift cards


One of the Cleveland Browns’ primary claims to longstanding organizational futility is the fact the teams has had an astounding 24 quarterbacks start a game over the past 17 seasons. A memorabilia company currently is running a clever promotion that at least will help fans of the teams benefit from such a lengthy run of quarterbacking ineptitude.

Steiner Sports announced that it will give any fan who paid for an autograph of any of those 24 signal-callers can exchange it for a $100 gift card redeemable on any of their products.

“We wanted to have a fun promotion and figured this would be a good way to give back to Browns fans,” said Steve Costello, executive vice president at Steiner, via ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Steiner plans to auction of the items received and donate the proceeds to charity.

One of the caveats to landing the no-strings-attached gift card is that the autograph must be authenticated by one of the seven following companies: Steiner, Fanatics, Panini, Tri-Star and Upper Deck, as well as grading services PSA/DNA or JSA.

The item must also be an autograph from when said quarterback was a Browns player, and Costello expects some of the returned autographs to belong to none other than Johnny “Billy Vegas” Manziel.

Just to recap the absurd amount of quarterbacks that have started for the Browns in those 17 seasons outside of Manziel, here’s a refresher: Tim Couch, Ty Detmer, Doug Pederson, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcolm, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Brandon Weeden, Thad Lewis, Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer, Connor Shaw, Josh McCown and Austin Davis.

Browns fans — like these guys — are sadly well aware of the laundry list of quarterbacks who have been employed by the team. But if any of them needs a refresher, many of those signal-callers — ending with Hoyer in 2013 — can be found on this cleverly snarky jersey.