Robert Edward’s spring auction gets underway this Wednesday, and there’s a lot of cool stuff on the block. Let’s take a look:
• As many of you are aware, Shoeless Joe Jackson spent his latter years running a liquor store (full listing). Note that the shelf pricing is pretty much the same as shown in that grocery signage catalog I recently wrote about.
• I’d give anything to see the Knicks wear this design as a throwback, complete with the shorts. Speaking of which, the shorts have an odd vertically aligned tagging format — not sure I’ve seen that before (full listing).
There’s plenty more where that stuff came from — very nice auction. Enjoy.
Uni Watch News Ticker: A big, long hug to the city of Binghamton, where I lived from 1982-87. For two of those years, my address was 151 Oak St. — right around the corner from the site of Friday’s shootings. … Think you know team colors? You might change your tune after seeing this (great find by Justine DeCotis). … Also from Justine: Sensational article about baseball caps here — highly recommended. … Patrick Runge, who collects Super Bowl patches, notes that the SB XLIII patch package shows the old Cardinals helmet logo. … Cool blog devoted to vintage clothing styles here (with thanks to Mike Hersh). … Also from Mike: Check out the amazing prices in this old Manny’s Baseball Land ad. Several other old Manny’s ads are shown here. … As had been rumored, the A’s are definitely going to wear a memorial patch for the slain Oakland police officers. The patch won’t be worn until the team’s home opener on April 10th. No artwork yet. … Here’s the latest on the Tropicana redesign (with thanks to the other Foreword, Liz Clayton). … Good article here about Carolina blue (with thanks to Denis Kirstein). … Underbill update (courtesy of Allison Kleiber). … Yo, Doug Mientkiewicz — your sock laundry tags are showing (photos taken by Matt Ryburn). … Go to this page and search on “all Royals players are required” — the next three grafs from that point tell a really interesting story about Royals pitcher Chris Hayes and his pants/stirrups stylings (big thanks to Matt Brown). … Eeeeeyikes! (Bizarre find by Adam Brodsky.) … What’s up with that jersey in the background of this shot? (As spotted by Gyula Németh.) … I’d seen template illustrations of this 1934 Reds design, with the team name on the sleeve of the road jersey, but until now I’d never seen a photo of it. Dave Eskenazi provided that one; when I showed it to Todd Radom, he sent along these. … The Mets wore black sleeves, socks, and caps for their Friday and Saturday exhibition games. Normally that would mean black gear for their catchers, but Brian Schneider and Ramon Castro both wore blue. Not sure if this means they’ve be wearing blue for all games this season, but here’s hoping. … More Mets news: For the past two seasons, David Wright has gone high-cuffed for day games, but not on Saturday. … As some of you are aware, I’ll soon have a new boss at Page 2. I have no idea what, if anything, this will mean for Uni Watch, but I’m under contract for another year, so I don’t anticipate any major changes. … A sports blog conference/panel thingie, with a really unfortunate name, is scheduled for June 13th in Manhattan. Tickets are pricey, so I don’t anticipate attending unless they invite me to be a panelist. … Not sure I’ve ever seen this type of softball mask on a shortstop before (with thanks to Anthony Labugenz). … Saturday’s Royals/Rangers exhibition game found both teams wearing royal blue jerseys and royal blue caps. “Really aggravating to everybody in our section,” says Glenn Stern, who attended the game. “You had to really look to see when men were on base, trying to distinguish runners from fielders and base coaches, etc. It was the only negative in an otherwise great day.” … Also from Glenn: Fun article about basketball shorts here. … Judging by this item, it looks like the Reds will be wearing 1964 throwbacks for the Civil Rights Game in June (good find by Shea McMahon). … Odd scene for the Padres on Saturday, as they had two players on the field wearing No. 81 at the same time (with thanks to Alan Borock). … Les Motherby has stumbled upon this site, which is devoted to the typography of uni numbers applied to jerseys in the EPL, the Euro 2008 tournament, and the 2004 Olympics. … The DIY phenomenon has apparently spread to eBay (with thanks to Mark Kluczynski). … “In the Philly area, they have commemorative ‘Phillies World Champions’ Pepsi cans,” writes Dave Treston. “It’s the new Pepsi can, but the promo was obviously designed for the old cans, considering the lighter blue color and the old Pepsi logo. It’s interesting to see the (unintentional) juxtaposition of the old and new Pepsi logos.” … Kyle Orton will be wearing No. 8 with the Broncos, since 18 is retired for Frank Tripucka (with thanks Harvey Lee). … As many of you are aware, Ty Lawson briefly changed uni numbers on Saturday. Anyone get a screen shot? … New junior welterweight champ Tim Bradley wore Habs-inspired trunks on Saturday night. Here’s a closer look. … Here’s a great find: a vintage New Zealand netball team portrait (big thanks to Ryab Dooley). … Someone posted this photo in the comments last week. That’s basically how I looked on Thursday, when I received a shipment of spectacular smoked boudin from reader Clay Marbry in Louisiana (except I wasn’t wearing a uniform). Thanks, buddy! … The Braves plan to retire Greg Maddux’s number this summer. Toss in this news item from a few weeks back and you’ve got Maddux having his number retired by two teams in 10 weeks. Has that ever happened before? … The Mets held a public workout at their new stadium yesterday, and Alan Tompas was on hand to take a shitload of photos. Among the more interesting tidbits: The Pepsi clowns are wearing the pizza patch; players were wearing the new cap patch; someone — I think Luis Castillo — has a new glove with blue webbing; and can someone please explain why Omar Minaya chose to wear a red Mets cap? … Alan also took a ton of pics at Saturday’s Yanks/Cubs exhibition game. … Majestic is opening its first retail store, directly across the street from Fenway Park. So now fans will be able to buy, uh, all the same crap they can buy at every other sports-oriented retail shop. … Great footage of Hank Aaron and Sadaharu Oh facing off in a home run derby. “Hammerin’ Hank is sporting a Braves jersey he never wore as a player,” notes N. Prinze. “He’s wearing the full home jersey that was introduced in 1981 — five years after his retirement.” … The Reds have a new scoreboard. … Guess who contributed this: “For the first time that I know of, a team in the Korean Baseball Organization — the Hanwha Eagles — is using the Western alphabet, instead of Hangeul, for their nameplates.” If you guessed Jeremy Brahm, you’re wrong! This one came from Dan Kurtz, who adds: “As a huge fan of the KBO, I’m a bit sad that they went this way. I hope it’s only a one-year deal and that other teams don’t start doing this. That’s what has always made owning a KBO jersey great –the player names are still written in Korean even though the team name isn’t.” … Great article on the history of Fordham baseball here. Sixth graf mentions that this year’s squad will be wearing a “150 Years” patch. No photo of the patch, alas, but it will presumably be based on this, which Paul Wiederecht found in the team’s media guide. … The Phillies’ gold-trimmed uniforms looked nice enough. And hey, look — Philllies! Also of note: The Braves debuted their solid navy batting helmets, and the field had that stupid Opening Day logo, which shouldn’t be allowed for night games (and is unnecessary anyway). Probably be seeing a lot more of that today. … Speaking of which: As WFMU DJ Bill Kelly said on the air yesterday, “There are only three days of the year that matter — Christmas, my birthday, and Opening Day of the baseball season.” So enjoy the ballgames and, if you’re attending one of them, stay warm.