Today we’re going to check out another batch of classic sports-themed ads from the Vintage Ad Browser site. Some real beauties this time, most of them from the 1960s and ’70s (with thanks to Jim Vilk, who contributed the last four ads in the list):
• Love the ’60s color tones in this fishing reel ad.
• Whoa, look at this check-writing machine! Someone please locate one of those on eBay, pronto!
• Love the jackets on this pit crew. Is the guy in foreground wearing a mask or a helmet or what?
• Weird to see the Steel(ers) logo in a hockey context.
• Chuck Muncie didn’t just wear glasses — he shilled for glasses (and also needed longer pants and higher socks).
• Nice watercolor in this Rawlings glove ad.
• Interesting mix of sports in this CBC ad. I like the black/silver striping on the football player — is that a CFL team, or just a generic gridder?
• Speaking of the CFL, take a look at this ad. Forget the cheerleader the junk in her trunk — take a look at the guy at far-right. Is he supposed to be the ref? If so, were CFL officials wearing beanie-style caps in the late ’70s?
• Can you imagine what a pain in the ass it must have been to create this visual effect in the days before computers?
• Here’s another one I remember from comic books. Note that the inset baseball scene shows an infielder wearing solid orange/red.
• Okay, we all realize that some advertisers can’t come up with the licensing cash to use official pro logos in their ads. But couldn’t Mizuno have done a bit better than this?
• Here’s another case of MLB uniforms without logos, although the team in the field is clearly wearing Reds-style stirrups, even their caps and jerseys don’t have the proper logos.
• Here’s yet another variation on the Tigers’ D logo. Also, is it just me or does that cap look like it’s made out of leather, or maybe vinyl?
• When the Blue Jays were born, they immediately became the centerpiece of a Toronto tourism campaign. Can anyone identify that player?
• Not sure I’ve ever seen a baseball jersey insignia run “uphill” as much as this one.
• Here’s one of my favorite ads on the entire site. You know those little stickers on Chiquita bananas? Back in 1980 they made a series of winter Olympics stickers. I’d love to see a set of those!
• Bowling and patterned socks: two great tastes that taste great together.
• The Indy 500 and laxatives: two great tastes that, uh, don’t taste so great together.
• Sal Maglie was called “the Barber” because he liked to pitch inside and give hitters “a close shave,” so he was a natural for razor ads.
• And remember, kids, if you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: My report on Minnesota scene will have to wait another day or three, but here are some pond hockey photos from Teebz, along with his blog report on the proceedings. … The current issue of National Geographic has a page devoted to smashed pennies. Take a closer look at this one — gorgeous, no?… The Toldeo Walleye wore tuxedo jerseys the other day (with thanks to Aaron Whitlow). … Did Kansas State really wear mis-matched shorts and jerseys in 1975, or was this just a case of lost luggage or something like that? (As noted by Brian Codagnone.) … Jeremy Brahm reports that Japanese short track speed skater Mika Ozawa has a cool little skate-shaped baggage tag. … Also from Jeremy: Here’s a look at Japanese speed skating uniforms since 1992. … An Italian soccer player has caused a bit of a stir by wearing a Silvio Berlusconi mask (with thanks to Mike Edgerley). … Bryan Moore has envisioned the Carolina Hurricanes using Hartford Whalers colors. … I’m not a video game guy, but I might have to rethink that now that MLB 10 will be featuring several classic stadiums (with thanks to John Sobotka). … Not happy about that new Michigan State logo? Coach Tom Izzo thinks you should shut up and drink the Kool Aid already (with thanks to Jeff Cohen). … Fun little video clip of Nate Robinson discussing NBA uniforms (with thanks to Grant Oldman). … Steve and Eliza Mandich have started a new blog about the Olympic mascot, Quatchi. … Here’s something I’m not sure I’ve ever seen on an NFL gridiron before: This 1991 shot shows Bears LB Dante Jones with his jersey tied in a knot (nice find by KW Hunt). … Are these completely beautiful or what? They’re from a series of paintings done by David Boss in 1965. To see the rest of the series, check out the latest installment of the Fleer Sticker Project. … Reprinted from last night’s comments: In this blog post, Bengie Molina writes, “Last season, I changed equipment companies and it kind of messed up my legs. I’ll stick with one company all season this year.” … “Here’s a gallery of bike/equipment customization from the recently completed Tour Down Under,” writes Bryan Redemske. “Once you get past the gold bike, there are some interesting bits.”