The Eagles made it official yesterday: They’ll be wearing kelly green 1960 throwbacks for their season opener against the Packers. Not much to dislike here — the helmet looks good, they’re going with striped socks, and even the Reebok logo looks better when rendered in kelly green. Well done.
A few notes:
• If you look at that last link, you’ll see that they also unveiled a mark to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 championship season (which, like so many new logotypes these days, features unnecessary beveling). It’s not clear to me if they’ll be wearing that as a patch on the throwback jersey and/or on their regular jerseys this fall. Will advise. (As an aside, it’s interesting how that design shows the old and new Eagles logos facing in different directions, which raises a question readers sometimes ask me: Why do the Eagles have their logo facing left when almost all the other NFL team logos face right? I’ve never heard a good answer for this.)
• Team owner Jeff Lurie wore that anniversary logo as a lapel pin for yesterday’s press conference. That’s Chuck Bednarik standing behind Lurie and wearing an Iggles bolo tie.
There’s video of the unveiling here. If you skip ahead about two-thirds of the way through the clip, you’ll see some cool footage from the team’s 1960 season — good stuff.
And now for something
completely different kinda similar, but in a new format: Meet Brinke Guthrie’s cat, Punkin. Many of you probably know Brinke’s name from his frequent Ticker contributions, many of which are links to assorted eBay collectibles. Instead of scattering these randomly through the Ticker, we’ve decided to inaugurate a new feature, “Punkin’s Corner,” which will serve as a way for Brinke to share his eBay finds. This will be a semi-regular column, appearing a coupla times a week, or as often as the eBay listings merit.
We’re calling it “Punkin’s Corner” cuz “Brinke’s Corner” or “Collector’s Corner” sounded too boring, and we’re including a photo of Punkin because she’s a lot cuter than Brinke (plus she has her own blog). Okay? Okay.
With that, here’s Brinke with the first installment — enjoy.
By Brinke Guthrie, with Assistance from Punkin
Welcome to Punkin’s Corner, which will feature some cool things I find on that Big Auction Site. You know the one.
I wouldn’t say I am an obsessive collector, but there are some sports-related goodies I like (along with some non-sports goodies), and there are a few things I recall from the ’70s that really hit the hot button. Special memories, like these Kentucky Colonels thermal mugs, from Marathon Oil (1970). The Dallas Cowboys Flip Charts from Texaco (1971). The classic NFL stamp albums from Sunoco (1972). Great NFL posters. The NFL Playbook by American Express (1973). And my Holy Grail, the amazingly priced NFL Chiquita stickers.
So that’s where my tastes lie. With that in mind, here are some recent finds, in no paraticular order:
• Little NFL mini-records: I had these and have no idea how you played them. I guess with a mini-record player.
• Issue of Pro! for the 1972 NFC Championship Game: I was at this game, sat in the end zone, and a guy from NFL Films wanted me to hold up the cover for the weekly TV highlights show. Don’t think I made the cut.
• Tudor NFL electric football games: They featured “Total Team Control,” which somehow did not prevent all the players from piling up in one corner.
• Fridge magnets: I had all the NFL and MLB ones.
• NFL logo pennant: Not sure I’ve ever seen a pennant with just the NFL logo instead of a team affiliation.
• AFC East patch: Never seen that before either.
• NFL helmet plaque: Remember these? I had a Bengals one. Or a Cowboys one.
• NFL Films music LPs:. Yeah. “The Ramblin’ Man from Gramblin.'” You can find these songs on iTunes, y’know.
• Expos logo patches: Betcha can’t eat just one!
But there are some things you won’t find on eBay: Paul here, with news of a very special offer from Cleveland-based reader Jim Vilk. As some of you may recall, Jim wrote an extensive ode to Richfield Coliseum for the site last year. That entry included a mention and some photos of a scale model of Quicken Loans Arena, a prized possession of Jim’s brother. “But even a pack rat like my brother gets the cleaning bug sometimes,” says Jim, “and now he’s looking to clean out his basement. That means he wants to get rid of that scale model. For anyone in Northeast Ohio who’s willing to come pick it up, it’s yours for the asking. For anyone else, if you really want to pay for shipping (it’s big and heavy), you can have it as well. And as for you Yinzers, I have plans to see the Pirates on Sunday, May 23rd (it’s Wind-Up Pierogi day, so bring the kids!), so we could work something out around that.”
Pretty damn generous, no? If you want to claim this very special piece of Rust Belt memorabilia, contact Jim pronto. Hold your fire — it’s now spoken for.
Uni Watch News Ticker: While looking for something else, I came across this unusual logo. Details here. … The Washington Huskies, a longtime Nike school, were wearing Russell pants for their spring scrimmage. Probably just old/leftover pants, but still interesting (good spot by Kyle Hanks). … Brandon Schwartz notes that ESPN has already Photoshopped Lebron’s new uni number, although they got the font wrong. … Yesterday I ran these shots of Centerville High’s unusual football helmet. Now Steve Johnston informs me that the yellow stripes are actually Centerville’s version of merit decals, as you can see by comparing the stripe-free helmets from the team’s first game of the season. … New uniforms for the Japanese table tennis team (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is using a hockey jersey as part of his campaign. “They want a $200 contribution to his campaign for one of them,” says Lance Smith. … Tokyo’s taxi toppers are a lot cooler than the ones we have here (with thanks to Matt Shevin). … The Wisconsin softball team’s batting helmets look like Wisconsin football helmets — “complete with the Big Ten logo where the nose bumper would be!” says Jacob Kubuske). … Don’t think I’ve ever seen a Met wearing orange-trimmed shoes before. That Luis Castillo from last night (thanks, Phil). … Fingers Furniture in Houston sits on the site of the old Buff Stadium, where the minor league Houston Buffaloes played. So the furniture store includes a little sports museum, which you can see in this video clip (big thanks to Troy Griggsby). … Larry Brunt stumbled upon a Portland kickball league. “The uniforms were just T-shirts with a happy ball logo, but the teams got fancy with their socks,” he says. … Some good Life photos from Paul Wiederecht. First, this has to be the coolest car windshield decal ever. And then there’s this, which was apparently some sort of ticket promotion that the Phillies held in 1949. Look what the band was wearing! … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, who writes out the lineups posted on the dugout wall, is a calligraphy buff. … Ricko isn’t the only one
whose pants look like shit who does that thing with the elastic strap. Check out University Delaware infielder D.J. Long (with thanks to Jason Levine). … The Blue Jays are giving away a blue cap on May 16th — imagine that! Could this mean that a return to blue might be in the offing? … America’s latest gift to world culture: Camo jerseys have spread, like a virus, to Australia (with thanks to Drew H. Douglas, who also reports that an Aussie logo dispute has landed in the Victorian Supreme Court). … Thanks to the puritanical moron who currently occupies the Virginia Attorney General’s office, the State Seal of Virginia now has a new uniform, of sorts. … Very odd mesh-looking pillbox cap shown in this Topps card (with thanks to Mike Colvin). … You know how Princeton football jerseys used to have those awesome sleeve stripes? The baseball team used to have corresponding stirrup stripes! That shot is from 1939 (big thanks to David Barndollar). … Hideki Okajima, like a lot of Japanese ballplayers, wears those crazy toe socks. And here, supposedly, is a game-used pair of them (with thanks to Grant Goldman). … Count Oscar Salazar among those wearing the XProtex batting gloves (with thanks to Alex Higley). … “I was watching some clips from the 1980s PBS show Square One,” writes Matt Cunningham. “There was a bit they had called ‘Mathman,’ in which a Pac Man-like character would do math problems. Whoever created him must have been a Michigan fan.” … Two days ago I fired up the smoker for the first time this season. Smoked some duck breasts stuffed with rosemary, garlic, fennel seeds, and pistachios, along with a few ears of corn. Not a bad way to kick off the cookout season.