As I think most of you realize, I frequently hunt for old jerseys on eBay — baseball, mostly, plus some football, basketball, and hockey. Last week, though, I stumbled across this listing (scroll down a bit to see what it is).
Nice, right? So simple, so elemental. Sporty but not stupid. I own one retro cycling jersey, but it’s a throwback reproduction, not a vintage original. After coming across that one eBay listing, however, I started poking around.
It’s an appealing category. Cycling jerseys are basically short-sleeve sweaters, so they’re practical. The vintage ones tend to be made of wool, with chain-stitched detailing. Most of us, myself included, don’t know jackshit about cycling, so there are no issues about supporting the “wrong” team or whatever — you can just find something that looks cool and wear it, the end. If you end up learning something along the way (about cycling, about the sponsor, etc.), so much the better.
I haven’t bought any of these vintage jerseys yet, but it’s only a matter of time. Look how cool some of them are (in some cases you’ll have to scroll down to see the photos):
• I immediately fell in love with the front design on this one — but check out the back design! Definitely would have bid on it if I hadn’t been busy with the ’pox.
• Love the stripe treatment here.
• Too bad this one‘s listed as a kids’ size. Love the circular logos and the diagonal script.
• If you click on the “Enlarge Photo” tab for this one, you can see how thick and textured the chain-stitching is. Damn, it looks like you could use that “C” as a pillow!
• Why do the blue-and-yellow jerseys seem to have the best embroidery?
• Simple, basic, classic.
• Very unusual mod-type logo on the front of this one.
• Did you own a Schwinn bike when you were a kid? Then maybe you’d like this.
• Like the basic cycling jersey template but don’t like all the typography? Try this one.
A nice little sub-world to explore. I’ll be bidding soon.
December Raffle: Our friends at SoccerPro.com have provided a $100 gift certificate for me to raffle off. To enter, send a blank e-mail with your name in the subject line to the new raffle address by 7pm eastern next Monday, December 7th. One entry per person, unless you’re enrolled in the Uni Watch Membership Program, in which case you can send four entries. I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday.
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Ignore, as per usual: I have a few more LPs up for auction on eBay. The Kerouac box comes with its original cash register receipt from when I bought it in 1990, if that kind of thing excites you (and if it doesn’t excite you, there’s clearly something wrong with your excititude receptor, so get that checked out). Bid early and often, etc.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Boston College is switching to Under Armour (with thanks to Christian Eidt). … Rick Friedel got some good shots of Mike Garrett’s unusual crossbar attachment. Additional views here and here. … Oh man, how gorgeous is this? (Great find, Vince.) … Rahway High in New Jersey has an interesting helmet design. “I think they normally wear uni-numbered helmets, but the 2010 has to have some sort of story behind it,” says Bob Andrews. Anyone..? … Matt Brukman is desperately seeking a print of Robert Indiana’s MECCA Arena floor design. If anyone knows where to find one, give him a shout. … The Cincinnati Cyclones will be wearing Reds-themed jerseys this Saturday (with thanks to Adam Walter). … Hmmm, not often that you see a plastic facemask on a leather helmet. Frank Mercogliano took that shot during a recent visit to the College Football Hall of Fame. … Ladies and gentlemen, your Richmond Flying Squirrels. Nice to see that Steve Spurrier was wearing Bucs-striped wristbands, but the stripe pattern doesn’t match the one on the sleeves or helmet — boooooo (with thanks to Robert Leavell). … For all you hockey fans who love to debate the merits of “jersey” vs. “sweater,” here’s the solution: jerseys that really are sweaters. Acrylic, but still. I assume there’s a Reebok logo lurking somewhere on these things, but at least it doesn’t appear to be on the front (nice find by Jeremy Brahm). … The teams at Kerrville Tivy High in Texas are called the Antlers, so check out their basketball court — pretty cool (with thanks to Brad Griffin). … Here are some more good views of Jimmie Hall’s improvised earflap from the 1965 World Series (with thanks to James Huening). … Andy Moursund, who runs the excellent Historic Football Posters operation, sent along some scans from his vast collection of early NFL and MLB program covers. Amazing stuff. … The Blackhawks debuted their throwback alts (which are basically the same as last season’s Winter Classic jersey except that they’re now going with a retro tomahawk on the shoulders) last night. Lots of additional photos here. … Lots of you have been asking about this special issue of The Hockey News. Yes, it’s great — not least because it includes a nice feature by Uni Watch reader Jeff Barak, incidentally — and I plan to write about it soon. The delay has been due to (a) my inability to find a copy on the newsstand (yes, in NYC, it’s true) followed by (b) THN‘s inability to send me the copy I mail-ordered over a month ago. Finally got my copy two days ago and will have a write-up of it either later this week or early next.