Can’t get enough of these tremendous football photos from Robert Harvell’s library of images. Here’s the latest batch:
• I seem to recall that there’s a story behind Bob Lilly’s honeycomb pad, but I can’t remember what it is. Little help..?
• Never mind Johnny U’s helmet — what I really like about that photo is the totally cool Dixie cup.
• Wish we could get a better view of that Chiefs visor.
• Could one of you DIYers out there kindly make me one of these Packers equipment bags? Thanks.
• We’ve all seen uni numbers handwritten onto the back of helmets, but it’s surprising to see one written on the front.
• Sort of charming to see a stadium ad for pickles and kraut.
• Here’s something I’ve never seen before: eye black applied over a nose bandage.
• Here’s a rare shot from the first AFL All-Star Game.
• This Dartmouth helmet design was so great. Why didn’t this design style catch on?
• What’s going on here? Looks like the Michelin Man or something. “That’s from the Packers’ training camp, circa early ’60s,” says Robert. “Apparently typical football pads weren’t enough for the hard-hitting packers — they had to resort to catcher’s gear as well! I’m not sure if those are special leg pads or simply two more chest protectors wrapped around each leg.”
• FiNOB? Nope: “That’s a 1965 shot of RB Billy Joe (William Joe),” says Robert. “After pro football he had a tremendous college football coaching career and was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.” I love the looong nameplate despite the super-short NOB.
That’s it for this round. More photos from Robert’s archive soon.
Mr. Met Paternity Update: No definitive word yet on who designed Mr. Met, although I’ve gotten several good leads that I’m investigating. The most frustrating thing that’s come in so far is this Mr. Met “birth announcement” that ran in the Amazins’ 1963 yearbook (forwarded my way by reader Andrew Harris). Like, if you were gonna go thru the trouble to create that page, wouldn’t you wanna say who the illustrator was? Grrrrrr.
ESPN Reminder: In case you missed it yesterday, my piece on the old Negro Leagues ballpark Hinchliffe Stadium is available here.
Brinke Guthrie’s Collector’s Corner
Photo: Christmas ’68, with the original Matt Mason Space Station. Which I just replaced on eBay.
Speaking of which:
• Here’s a nice set of vintage 1970s NHL puck stickers. Let’s not quibble on the fact the auction title mention the San Jose Sharks, who didn’t even exist then.
• Love the cover design of this 1974 Dolphins press guide.
• Great old Canadiens blanket.
• Here’s a nice 1970s AFC drinking glass.
• Nice Rams helmet evolution shown on the cover of this 1978 yearbook.
• Yeah, this fellow looks like a Big Leaguer. More like a high school driver’s ed teacher.
• Here’s an official 1972 NFL toy chest. Not like the one I had, but fairly close.
• Maybe it’s just the lighting, but this Cubbies bobble looks vaguely diabolical.
• And today’s Mets item for Lukas: a 1960s Mr. Met doll. Fairly certain he’ll bid on this one. [He’s right, even though it has “ripped to shreds by the cats” written all over it. — PL]
Found something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Click here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Hey, you know that Washington Capitals secondary logo that looks like an eagle with an old-fashioned oil can shoved up its ass? That design is now the source of a lawsuit (with thanks to Jeremy Brahm). … It may not be college football season yet, but I’ll happily have a slice of this LSU cake (with thanks to Kevin Forrest). … I think we may have seen this before, but you can never have too many views of Fenway made out of Lego. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Good story on the history of scoreboards. … The Pats will be wearing their throwbacks at home on October 31st (as reported by Brett Paci). … The Lake Erie Crushers will be wearing Cavs-themed jerseys on June 30 as part of their “Keep Lebron in Cleveland Night” promotion. … I believe this is a first: The process of how a Ticker item ended up in the Ticker has become a small news item elsewhere. … The Saskatchewan Roughriders just announced record profits, thanks in part to their throwback jersey sales. … Brett Paci points out that the Lions and Pats went color-on-color way back in 2002. Who knew? … Peter Chen reports that Lastings Milledge and Andrew McCutcheon wore those blue Father’s Day wristbands in their dreads on Sunday. … Never knew Akeem the Dream went FiNOB in college (and neither did Andrew Jobe until he recently found that photo). … Also from Andrew: several shots of the Flyers in Cooperalls that I hadn’t seen before. … Can’t recall if we previously ran photos of Oregon’s spring football game, which featured camo-patterned uni numbers and “Support Our Troops” NOBs, but there’s a bunch of shots on this page (with thanks to Terrance Vanderhall). … Looks like Jamie Hoffman was wearing an S100 helmet back in spring training (good catch by Grant Goldman). … Here’s this year’s Home Run Derby logo. … The Cavs have finally gone public with their new team colors, which were leaked ages ago. Details here.