Used to be there were only two kinds of baseballs used in the big leagues: the American League ball and the National League ball, each with its respective league prexy’s signature. Nowadays almost every ball has some sort of special team or commemorative logo, but you don’t really think of baseballs as logo-driven objects. Same goes for footballs and basketballs. Hockey pucks, on the other hand, are extremely logo driven. That makes them interesting design artifacts. And that’s where the Virtual Puck Museum comes in.
The puck museum, which was recently brought to my attention by reader Jeff Pudlo, is pretty much what it sounds like: a huge collection of hockey pucks, nearly 20,000 in all, each with a unique design. And while it’s fun to see the familiar NHL logos, the site’s real value is in its documentation of other leagues — minor, junior, collegiate, European, recreational, women’s, and more. Plus there are pucks made for weddings and other special occasions, coporate pucks, puck printing stamps and boxes, and lots of historical background. Frankly, I hadn’t given much thought to puck design until now, but it turns out to be an extraordinarily deep rabbit hole. There are even certified goal pucks!
The museum is one of those addictive sites that keep you clicking around all day, so I’ll leave you to it. Have fun explaining to the boss why you didn’t get anything done today!
Uni Watch News Ticker: So it’s pretty obvious that something fishy was going on in Sunday night’s Giants game. Some jerseys were mesh and some weren’t, some sleeve stripes were horizontal and some were curved, the “ny” chest logo was missing from some jerseys, and some nameplates had smaller-than-usual lettering. Unfortunately, Joe Skiba isn’t talking, except to say he’s “working on something.” Stay tuned. … Excellent info on UNC’s use of navy blue in the latter part of this article. Do a search on “The unveiling of” and start reading from there — good stuff (with thanks to Chris Warfford). … More NFL logo follies: HT Adjemian recently picked up a Pats shirt with three different versions of the NFL Equipment shield. As you can see, one of them has the old NFL logo, and the other two have inconsistent typography on the word “Equipment” (note the differing Qs, for example). … And wait, it gets better: Chris Flinn entered the ticket lottery for the Super Bowl and got a postcard from the NFL telling him that he didn’t win — and the postcard from the NFL uses the wrong logo. … Poppy problems in Ireland (with thanks to Tom Adjemian). … TNOB (team name on back) alert: Albany State Golden Rams (with thanks to Becky Taylor). … Very interesting padded helmet on display here (big thanks, as always, to Curtis Worrell, who runs the mighty Helmet Hut operation). … RPI hockey player Alex Anger-Houlet has a first initial and a HNOB. “His brother Matt is also on the roster with similar work done to his NOB,” says A.J. Frey. … The Prexy-elect was wearing a logo-creeped Chisox cap yesterday. … Ever seen these baseball card drinking glasses before? Stephen King saw them listed on Craigslist. Very cool. … “The Orioles’ new cap was briefly posted on the New Era website Monday afternoon,” writes Kenneth Levin. “Before it could be taken down, a fellow member of the Orioles Hangout snatched a logo comparison of the old (on the right) and the new (on the left).” The official unveiling will be tomorrow. … Jen Muller took a tour of Yankee Stadium the other day and took lots of photos. Among the highlights: The plate and rubber had just been dug up, and the retired numbers and accompanying plaques already had hologram authentication stickers. … It’s not April 1st, so I don’t know what to make of this (with thanks to Pat Sokolowski). … Jeff Barak reports that there’s a company called Willabee and Ward that makes reproductions of various sports patches, many of which are available on eBay. “I bought a handful of these and then got some modern blank jerseys in the proper colors and had the patches sewn on professionally, creating my own throwbacks of the 1927 Tigers road and 1924-1927 Philadelphia Athletics (going with the road grey for more contrast with the white elephant logo),” he writes. “Yeah, they’re not wool flannel, but I also spent $260 less than a Mitchell and Ness jersey would be.” … Been a while since we’ve discussed Dartmouth’s very unusual helmet design (with thanks to Greg Trandel).