Been a little while since we checked in with Robert Harvell and his amazing archive of football imagery. Some real doozies this time, too. One thing I’ve noticed when preparing these entries is that I keep writing, “Here’s something I’ve never seen before,” which should give you an idea of
how limited my vocabulary is how much fun it is to sift through Robert’s stash.
Okay, without further ado:
• I’ve seen lots of Rose Bowl teams wearing rose-themed patches, but I don’t think I’d seen such patches on Illinois before. That’s from the 1984 game.
• Whoa, they don’t make coaches like this anymore. Love the buffalo horn helmets, too.
• Ah, if only I’d gone to Princeton.
• And here’s yet another primitive mask design. That one was created for Georgia QB John Rauch after he fractured his cheek.
• What about this shot of Joe Willie — is that an AFL all-star game or a college all-star game? Additional views here, here, and here. (Update: As Terry Proctor quickly pointed out, the last photo in the sequence shows the AFL logo on the football, so these are definitely from an AFL All-Star Game. When you compare these Namath photos with the ones in the previous bullet graf, it’s interesting to see that they had so many different ASG uniforms in their short existence.)
• Never realized the Niners’ equipment staff used handwritten rear-helmet uni numbers.
• Someone get Bobby Douglass a new nameplate!
• And someone get this team a locker room.
• We all know about the snow plow game, but check this out: A ref sweeping away snow with a broom.
• If your team is gonna wear a special helmet decal, shouldn’t all the players wear it?
• Here’s another officiating shirt that’s new to me. That’s Alabama vs. George Washington, 1932.
• And check out these officials, wearing bow ties and cardigans! That’s USC vs. Notre Dame, 1929.
• One last officiating shot: I love this zebra’s SEC patch. Note the yoked and collared shirt. (Update: As some readers have immediately pointed out, maybe it doesn’t say “SEC” after all. Anyone know what patch that is?)
More excellent material coming from Robert’s archive soon.
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
And we’re back with another batch of sports collectible auctions from the nooks and crannies of eBay. Keep those submissions coming!
• Big set of 1970s NFL stickers from a coffee company. Never seen these before.
• Here’s a nice set of hockey coins from 1966-67. What, no Gump Worsley?
• Just love these ’70s MLB magnets. And they slipped an NBA Hornets one in there, too.
• Cool KC Scouts pennant (courtesy of Andrew Mocella).
• Also from Andrew: Sport O’ Keefe always sponsored cool-looking schedules, like the CFL Montreal Concordes.
• Here’s a rare one: a Leaf NFL pennant collector’s book.
• Fantastic placemat for the 1957 World Series Champion Milwaukee Braves. [Point Beer is still made up in Stevens Point, by the way. Never seen it outside of Wisconsin. — PL]
• One and done: a 1969 Seattle Pilots coffee mug.
• Here’s something you don’t see every day: a St. Louis Browns hand fan!
• Very nice Astros window sticker, from 1964.
• And today’s Lukas/Mets vintage item: a pennant that I’m willing to bet wasn’t officially licensed. Who buys this stuff?
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Reading Phillies wore “Crazy Hot Dog Vendor” jerseys on Sunday (with thanks to Phil Stump). … New uni number for Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov (with thanks to Dane Drutis). … Yesterday I mentioned that 19th-century baseball teams would trade ribbons, much like soccer teams now trade jerseys. Terence Kearns sent along a fantastic article that explains the ribbon-swap phenomenon. … One of those old Dodgers satin uniforms is up for auction (with thanks to Tony Nielsen). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: An amusing analysis of Clemson’s football uniforms. … If you actually care about the All-Star Game BP jerseys, well, that makes one of us. … New name/number font for Real Madrid (with thanks to Timothy O’Malley). … An NAHL team appears to have stolen an Icethetics reader’s logo concept. … Note the little “84” tag on this photo of Rick Sutcliffe. What happened to the rest of the jock tag? And/or why is “84” positioned so high as to be visible? (As noted by Mike Engle.) … Here’s more on everyone’s favorite mascot, Mr. Celery (with thanks to Jason Levine). … Yanks will be wearing a Bob Sheppard memorial starting with their next game, which is Friday. According to this article, “it will be more than the usual black armband the Yankees normally attach. There was talk yesterday about a microphone being part of the deal.” … RIP, Harvey — a much greater loss to Cleveland than Lebron. And RIP to you too, Tuli — thanks for always making my city a more interesting place.
Black Tuesday: With the Yanks having lost Bob Sheppard and George Steinbrenner in the space of a few days, I’ve whipped up a quick ESPN piece about teams with multiple uniform memorials. Look here.
Gentlemen, start your DVRs: I’m sure there’ll be plenty of uni-notable moments in tonight’s MLB All-Star Game, so let’s try to get as many good screen shots as possible, yes? Yes! If you capture something worthwhile, please send it my way tonight. Thanks.