A few weeks ago, during my interview with Andy Hyman, there was a brief discussion of those old Sunoco NFL stamp albums from 1972, and I mentioned how I wished I’d kept mine. That wistful sentiment apparently struck a chord with reader George Fetkovich, who sent me a package that arrived on Monday. Inside was the album shown above (here’s a larger view), complete with the wrapararound cover illo and all of the stamps in place (some of them reinforced with endearingly yellowed tape).
“Your mention of the Sunoco stamp books motivated me to do battle with the myriad boxes of collectibles in my basement, where I found not one but two of the aforementioned treasures,” wrote George, who works as the art director for a Pennsylvania-based design firm. “’Tis better to share these homages to our youth than to let them gather dust, I say, so here it is. I was reluctant to peel off the label with my name, for fear it would do some serious damage to the front cover, but feel free to make it your own by trying yourself (or by covering it with one of your own, etc.).”
Actually, I’m glad George left the label on, and there’s no way I’d remove it — it’s part of the album’s story, part of its character. Same goes for the last page, where George filled in most of the NFL playoff grid that the Sunoco folks helpfully provided (although he left the Super Bowl entry blank, because he was so depressed after his beloved Steelers had lost in the conference championship round).
As I explained to George when I called to thank him, this is just the latest of many, many generous gifts that Uni Watch readers have given me. I’ll attempt to repay that generosity, or at least some of it, with a special holiday raffle later this week. Details in a day or two.
Meanwhile: New ESPN column today — enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New football helmet and logo next season for Mississippi State (with thanks to Prentice James). … What’s even worse than a stadium with a corporate name? An architectural rendering of a proposed stadium with “Naming Rights” on the exterior. Details here (great find by Brad Sillanpa). … Speaking of naming right: “Consol Energy will sponsor the new Penguins arena,” reports Chris Hilf. “This somehow earned them a jersey.” … Additional views of Japan’s WBC uniforms here (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Lots of great sleeve stripes and other interesting details (including a positively surreal Labatt’s commercial) in this video clip of the 1967 Grey Cup player introductions. More good stuff in this 1971 Grey Cup highlight clip, including a sewn-on hand-warmer pocket and some shots of Joe Theisman playing QB for the Toronto Argonauts (all this courtesy of Eric Bangeman). … Remember when that construction worker buried a Bosox jersey inside the new Yankee Stadium? We now appear to have a copycat prank (with thanks to Patrick Truby). … Good article here on ice maintenance (with thanks to Jason Hillyer). … Check this out: Orioles uniform cookies! That’s from a Christmas card sent out by the Orioles’ Dugout Club, a local kids’ program (with thanks to Marc Nelson Jr.). … What’s that patch on the Eagles’ mascot’s shoulder? Chris Ashworth reports that it’s the logo for Acme Markets, a Philly-area supermarket. Do other NFL mascots wear advertising patches? … Interesting piece here about the IU logo being used in bars around Bloomington (with thanks to Christopher Falvey). … Lotsa stuff from Phil: Women’s Professional Soccer has inked a deal with Puma; the Buffalo Bisons, now Mets-affiliated, have a new color scheme and logo; some rinky-dink hockey league you never heard of is holding a logo contest; Vandy and USF went color-on-color last night; and Scottish officials have banned the traditional white medical coat. … Didn’t take long for that new Red Sox logo to make an impact (with thanks to Dan Lamothe). … Man, those Bulls alts sure are shiny (and as Phil points out, let’s hear it for that big Charlotte crowd). … Need some holiday cheer? Eric Borer has just the thing for you: a Dallas Cowboys holiday LP from the late 1960s. Details and downloadable zip files here (although Eric cautions, “I’ve downloaded the album and, frankly, the concept is a lot more entertaining than the actual music is”). … Reprinted from last night’s comments: The UTEP women’s hoops team has some seriously weird side panels. Those aren’t stars — they’re pick axes.