I never thought we’d see this happen, but the DIY bug has spread to the world of Formula 1 fans, or at least to reader Mark Clemence. He was recently bidding in two eBay auctions — one for a genuine Texaco Marlboro McLaren pit crew shirt (like the ones being worn here) and another for a set of genuine Texaco Marlboro patches. When he got outbid on both auctions, he decided to take matters into his own hands. I’ll let him pick up the story from there:
The auction postings featured excellent pictures of the shirt (front and back), so I bought a basic white, short-sleeve shirt and took it to a company that embroidered the Marlboro Team Texaco logo on the back. As you can see, they did an excellent job.
The biggest challenge was the Marlboro/Texaco patch design for the sleeves. It’s a very specialized patch, as it contains both the Marlboro and Texaco logos. So I contacted a dealer in Thailand who sells patches on eBay. I sent them a photo of the patch and they agreed to make me six patches for $30.
The Marlboro, Texaco, and Goodyear chest patches were easier — I was able to find those on eBay. Once I had those, I took everything to my tailor, who supplied the red and black striping. She then sewed the striping and patches onto the shirt.
Total cost of the shirt was just over $100. When I dropped out of the bidding for the original shirt, the high bid was $440, and the original Texaco Marlboro patches ended up going for $85, so I’d say I came out way ahead.
I realize some of you probably think a project that involved a professional tailor and professionally made patches shouldn’t count as “DIY.” Personally, though, I think it’s fine — resourceful is as resourceful does. In any case, whether you want to call this DIY, or a personal replica, or whatever, it’s still a cool project. Nicely done.
Fish Story: Yesterday I linked to this photo, which appears to show a prototype aqua Dolphins helmet in the background. That prompted the following from reader Randy Cremer:
That was in fact a prototype. I covered the Dolphins as a reporter from 1989 thru the 1994 season, and at some point that was in the equipment cage at the Dolphins’ headquarters after they moved from St. Thomas up to the new digs in Davie. I can’t tell you the exact year; might have been 1993.
I believe (about 90% certainty) that it was proposed when the idea of alternate helmets was pitched to NFL teams. The aqua was to be the Dolphins’ alternate. A couple years later, I was talking with an equipment manager for the University of Central Florida football team, and this subject came up.
Riddell had apparently pitched the idea of the alternate helmets with each basically being a photo negative of the primary helmet. So the Dolphins’ ones would be white and aqua…. Dallas would be silver and blue… the Packers yellow and green.
But the idea fell flat with coaches who felt it would have a negative impact (in part because they thought a QB who was used to looking for white-helmeted receivers would have a hard time adjusting during the aqua-helmeted week).
However, this was before the NFL recognized the merchandising potential of having multiple versions of every team’s uniforms and equipment to sell. If Riddell had pitched the idea 10-12 years later, you might be seeing the Dolphins take the field wearing all aqua head-to-toe.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Beginning tonight, the Phillies will wear an “HK” memorial patch for Harry Kalas. It will be worn on the front-left area of the jersey, near the heart. … The Lions will unveil their new uniforms on Monday, but the whole world already knows what they’ll look like. … There’s some chatter about the 49ers possibly having a new secondary logo, but I’m pretty sure it’s all just overheated gossip and rumor. … Best h.s. basketball uni ever? Maybe not, but it’s up there (big thanks to Tim Snyder, whose grandfather is in the back row, second from left, with his horse facing the opposite direction from all the other horses). … Don’t forget, Teebz is running his annual hockey playoff pool. … Brian Willette attended the Rays’ home opener and took the occasion to visit the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame within Tropicana Field. The museum includes some materials relating to former softball great Eddie Feigner. Love the stripes here and here. … Apparently the sleeve patch on the Red Sox’s new road jersey is being positioned inconsistently (with thanks to Jere Smith). … Jon Conner created a nice tribute to Harry the K. … Everyone knows about the black cat at Shea Stadium that jinxed the Cubs in 1969. But that wasn’t the only cat on the field at Shea over the years. That shot’s from 1976 (big thanks to Paul Wiederecht, who says he “swiped [the photo] from the press level darkroom” back in the day). … Stirrups vs. stirrups! That’s Reed Johnson batting against Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday. … Tyler Kepner points out something very odd about the pregame festivities at the Trop on Monday: The Rays raised their A.L. championship banner — nothing unusual there — and also raised a division championship banner (see top-left of that photo). “You’re supposed to display the banner of the highest level you reach,” says Tyler. “And just one, not two. Guess they’re new at this.” … Potential uni number issue at South Carolina, as explained by Scott Moody: “Rising RS sophomore QB Stephen Garcia wears #5 and has done so his entire USC career (most of which as been under suspension). This year, incoming freshman defensive back Stephon Gilmore — one of USC’s prized recruits in this year’s class — is currently also wearing #5. Normally, not a problem, but Stephon could play both sides and you can’t have two players with the same number on the field at the same time. If I had to guess, we will probably see Gilmore in a different number if things keep progressing.” … Those padded compression shorts worn by many NBAers are getting some attention (thanks, Vince). … Mike Cesarano has found what may be the best eBay item of all time. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you a vintage Expos Jell-O mold! … Jeremy Brahm reports that Koji Uehara of the Orioles had a personal logo — an outline of himself pitching — on the webbing of his glove the past few years in Japan. And he’s still got it this year. … Here’s something I’ve never seen before: Burger Chef basell cards, with the cap logos airbrushed out. Read all about them here. … Some amazing old Canadian basketball uniforms here, here, and here (with thanks to Paul Deaver). … Matt Powers wrote up a report of last night’s No Mas event with David Wright and posted it as a comment shortly after midnight. In case you missed it, look here. … Some Titans/Oilers throwback info here (with thanks to Tony Meyer). … Check out this old Little League photo. Those baserunning helmets (or at least that’s what we used them for in my Little League) just never looked good. And someone get that kid some white sannies (with thanks to Marcky Marc). … Also from Marc: some truly astonishing Alaska baseball photos from 1963, including one of history’s greatest chain-stitching jobs. Not to be missed. Check out the full set here. … Given the dual significance of April 15th, shouldn’t the IRS’s Form 1040 be renamed the Form 42?