Robert Harvell’s photo archive continues to be a bottomless source of gridiron goodness. Here’s the latest batch from his collection:
• A wordmark on the sleeve is never a good idea.
• Ah, but how about a wordmark on the shoulders? Not sure I’ve ever seen that before.
• Something else I don’t think I’ve seen: NOBs rendered in a stencil font.
• Speaking of NOBs, I never liked it when the NFL zebras wore POBs (position on back). Always looked kinda rinky-dink to me.
• Man, remember when the Cowboys’ “silver” pants were basically charcoal?
• I have absolutely zero memory of this NBC Sports logo.
• I like how the old-school stripes on this jersey were modified to form a letter.
• When I go biking in Prospect Park these days, I see lots of female joggers wearing shorts with some logo — usually of a university — on their ass. Strikes me as somewhat less than classy. Little did I know that this concept had been in use years ago by the Redskins and Niners. (And I guess we could call this a related example. And look at that stirrup at lower right, in Uni Watch colors!)
• Here’s a great view of Wisconsin’s old “W” logo, fore and aft.
• You probably know that Raymond Berry used aviator goggles to fashion crude sunglasses for himself. What you probably don’t know — and I didn’t know it either — is that a U. of Chicago player did something similar years earlier.
• Speaking of goggles, here’s a good view of Joe Washington’s.
• Not sure what I like better here: the schedule placard or the coach in high-cuffed pants.
• Man, the Giants’ old helmet uni numbers were huge!
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
Focusing on mugs, cups, and glassware today. They’re great collectors’ items for a couple of reasons: One, they’re functional. And two, a big ol’ mug lasts forever — it won’t wear out or fade like a T-shirt or pennant. Of course, your mom can drop it when she washes it, but that’s another story.
• We’ll start with a KC Royals mug sponsored by A&P. Bonus points if you know about A&P without looking it up.
• I remember this guy. I ragged on him in Dallas and I was only like 12. I called him “Bad Day Biittner.” [I was always fascinated by his surname because of the double-i. — PL]
• This is supposed to be an Eagles helmet mug, but it looks more like a big green lump.
• Here’s a 1950s Detroit Lions “World Champions” glass. Sounds weird when you say it out loud, doesn’t it?
• For PL, here’s an orange 1960s Mr. Met cup.
• Here’s a classic: an NFL “double-bar facemask” mug from the 1970s!
• Man cannot live by beverage receptacles alone, so let’s turn our attention to this old NFL helmet poster. But what’s the team to the right of the Packers?
• The early-’70’s NFL Chiquita stickers are my eBay Holy Grail. This guy wants $20 for one sticker!
• Here’s a very nice late-’70s/early-’80s NFL pin set.
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Signal Flare: Hey, Mike Stratford — the package arrived. Thanks so much!
Uni Watch News Ticker: Turns out Jamie Moyer isn’t the only Phillies pitcher who’s wearing the team’s Liberty Bell stirrups. That’s J.C. Romero. Now we just need to get him to hike up his cuffs (good spot by Shawn Sweeney). … Now that the Twins are no longer playing in the Metrodome, the Vikings are painting the place purple (horrifying news from Matt Benz). … Tennessee State football is going back to a white helmet and NOBs (as reported by Jeff Hunter). … Jake Kurtz sent along some shots of the great striped stirrups worn by Storm Lake High School in Iowa. “None of them wear batting gloves, either,” he says. “A real old-school bunch.” … The logo for next year’s NHL All-Star Game has been unveiled. … We’ve seen the Wild’s 10th-anniversary patch before, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen a close-up of it in embroidered form, rather than as a jpeg. … More views of the new Pac-10 logo keep showing up, although the official unveiling won’t be until later today. … Striped socks vs. striped socks! That’s Manchester City and Sporting Clube de Portugal from Friday night. Additional pics here (with thanks to Jen Muller). … “I took this photo at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland,” writes Casey B. “It was at the top of the tram entering the hospital. How awesome is it that the medical department is wearing sweaters with the skull and crossbones?” … Lots of great photos of hockey old-timer Galen Head, mostly from his Johnstown Jets days, here (with thanks to Tim Gerland). … The KBO All-Star Game was last weekend, and Hong Sung-heun of the Lotte Giants entered the game wearing a fake beard — a follow-up to the wig he wore last year (thanks, Jeremy). … Last night provided our first look at the Yankees’ three memorials on their road jersey. … The Concussion Chronicles, continued: A new poster about concussion risks will hang in all NFL locker rooms this season. Further details here. It’s worth noting, by the way, that the author of that article, Alan Schwarz, is almost single-handedly responsible for many of the changes the NFL has made on the head-injury front over the past year. If not for the Pulitzer committee’s longtime bias against sports reporting, Schwarz would be polishing his first Pulitzer now and working on his second one. … While looking for something else, I found a great shot of Frank Robinson’s drop-down NOB with the Reds.
Reminder: I’ll be taking a one-month break from the site after this week. Phil will handle weekday posts in August, and webmaster John Ekdahl will handle the weekends. Ticker contributions will be forwarded to Phil, but I’ll still be on the lookout for new college football unveilings. If any of those hit your radar screen, you can alert me at this address. Thanks.