[Editor’s Note: Greg Allred, shown above, is the guy behind this site, which is devoted to the Birmingham Americans and Birgmingham Vulcans, both of the old WFL. He’s also accumulated some interesting memorabilia, much of which he’s made himself or had made to his specifications. Today he’ll be telling us about his collection. — PL]
By Greg Allred
I’ve been a DIYer for quite a while — I just didn’t really know it, or think there were others like me. I have several items that I have done over the years, dating back to the late ’80s or so.
I’ve always known what I wanted for my office decor and never found what I liked, so I made my own…sort of. Basically, I took photos of my favorite players and teams (Joe Namath, Johnny Musso, Fenway Park, Birmingham Americans, etc.), had oversize prints made and dry-mounted, and put them on the walls of my office and of my study at home. It’s fun, and I keep things fresh by rotating them from time to time.
What started it all was a life-size mural of Johnny Musso that I saw at a Papa Johns.com Bowl reception a few years ago. I was in attendance because I had contributed some WFL footage for the program, as Johnny Musso was the honoree (he formerly played for the Birmingham Vulcans). I asked for the mural after the event and was initially told I could have it, only to be told a few minutes later that Johnny’s sister had requested it. I was disappointed, but I certainly understood. A couple of weeks later, a smaller version of the same mural was delivered to me via FedEx. I still don’t know who sent it, but that sort of started the idea of these pictures for my office.
Here’s a nameplate — one of several that I had made. My original plan was to use each one with the respective player’s photo in a grouping or something, but I was never happy with the results, so I just framed them and put them on the wall of my study. The only one I incorporated into something larger is this one, which I paired with some Joe Namath sketches from an old book.
Here we have a Birmingham Americans collage I created and had printed, dry-mounted, and later framed. Then there’s a helmet I made for the 30th-anniversary reunion of the Birmingham Americans & Vulcans, which I hosted at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame back in 2004. I had it signed by several players, coaches, team staffers, etc. I actually had the facemask painted on one side, to correspond with their change to blue masks.
I’ve also included photo of a Red Sox jersey I had made back in the early ’90s. I was pretty happy with it, except that the NOB was stitched directly to the jersey (even though I had requested a nameplate). The seamstress actually used a coach’s whistle lanyard for the sleeve trim — I was impressed with her patience.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Paul here. Nice story about the guy who designed the NBA logo. … Those leaked Man U kits have now been confirmed (with thanks to Patrick Runge). … If you haven’t checked in with A Collection a Day recently, it’s always worth a look (thanks for the reminder, Amy Fritch). … Also from Amy: a good art project from a photographer who takes shots of discarded baseballs. I especially like this one. … Here’s why Eric Berry will be wearing No. 29 (with thanks to Ethan Lowrence). … Camo jerseys upcoming this weekend for Penn State baseball (with thanks to Chris Flinn). … Also from Chris: Some interesting news regarding Joe Paterno’s sneakers.