On the left: the awesome Mets pin-up illo that Rob Ullman made for me in 2008. On the right: the significantly less awesome Mets pin-up T-shirt that reader Terence Kearns recently spotted in a shop. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think the latter is little more than a pale, wan imitation of the former? Okay, anyone besides Fred and Jeff Wilpon, and maybe Wayne Hagin?
Rob’s superior artistry notwithstanding, the T-shirt is a remarkably shoddy piece of work. The bat is too long and/or not balanced properly on her shoulder, she’s wearing a fingerless batting glove, the sleeves are painted onto her forearms, the chest insignia is too small, she’s got one blue sock and one black sock (or maybe one low boot and one high boot — tough to be sure), the team script in the foreground is all wrong, and sure, let’s slap an American flag in the background, just for the hell of it. Oh, and make the flag “distressed,” cuz the kids love that look these days. Well done!
New ESPN column
today — a look at all of this year’s NHL goalie gear. Link coming soon. postponed until tomorrow. (Meanwhile, in case you missed it the other day, here’s my column on all the NHL uni changes, plus I also had a short ESPN piece about Joe Skiba’s repair job on Ahmad Bradshaw’s pants.)
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
My PC is acting rather erratic, but I managed to dash off this edition of CC before sending it off to the shop.
• We begin with this outstanding NFL poster from the 1970s.
• Also from the ’70s: this nice collection of NFL media guides.
• Here’s a great batch of NFL stickers from a former Eagles employee.
• From the gone-but-not-forgotten dept., a Minnesota Fighting Saints bumper sticker!
• I do seem to recall seeing NFL stuff in my Mom’s Avon catalogs.
• Cobra shoes? I don’t remember that brand at all.
• Back in the day, it was totally cool to have an STP sticker on your school binder. [True enough. — PL]
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Party reminder: Uni Watch gathering this Saturday, Oct. 9, 3pm, at Sheep Station in Brooklyn. I threw out my back a few days ago lifting a huge box of Meats tees (not joking — just goes to show that the apparel biz is murder), so it’s possible that I’ll be spending the whole party sitting down. Feel free to bring me all sorts of prescription painkillers, which I’m sure will mix nicely with an oatmeal stout.
Collector-geek reminder: Assuming the Uni Watch party doesn’t leave me in a painkiller-induced stupor, I’ll be among the many collectors showcasing their obsessively curated accumulations of miscellany on Monday evening at Collectors’ Night, sponsored by the City Reliquary. I plan to have three or four separate collections on display, including at least one that I’ve never mentioned before on the site. Kirsten will have her volvelle collection, my friend David Brown will have his collection of books with one-word titles, and dozens of other folks will have things that will make you think, “Huh, it never occurred to me that you could collect that.”
Remember, anyone can accumulate a bunch of stuff — that’s just hoarding. The mark of a collector is the show-and-tell aspect, the urge to display and share. So come on down and let us share with you.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Braves have a set protocol for the banners at Turner Field. Division championships get a yellow banner with blue numbers; league championships get a yellow banner with red numbers; and the one World Series flag is red with blue numbers. So how is the team marking its first-ever wild card berth? With a white banner. Interesting that they already had it manufactured and ready to go, even though the team’s postseason spot wasn’t secured until the final day of the season (with thanks to Jonathon Binet). … Back in July, the New York Times published a piece about a woman who’d received courtship letters from George Steinbrenner back in the 1940s. She wanted to publish them in a book, but the Steinbrenner family declined to give their permission for that, so now she’s selling them on eBay instead. … Big surprise: Mark Cuban wants to whore out NBA uniforms for advertising. … Speaking of ad-whoring, the Blackhawks are putting an ad patch for a shitty pizza chain on their practice jerseys. … New hoops uniforms for NC State. … New court design for the Jazz. … Horizon Air has several new NCAA-themed liveries, including Montana, Montana State, and Idaho — the latter of which is apparently being whipped up because the Idaho A.D. refused to board a Boise State-themed plane (with thanks to Aaron Klett). … John Koziol notes that Benjarvus Green-Ellis — who has one of the all-time great names, no? — is wearing Nike Air Hurache TDs. “Although they’re made for both lacrosse and football, I’d previously only seen these on the lacrosse field,” he says. … Buried on this page are Kris Letang’s thoughts on how hockey could be improved: “I would like a uniform that would be all one piece, with the pads inside, and you could zip it up and it would [cling] to you” (with thanks to Doug Kalemba). … Al Stone heard some Ravens news on the radio yesterday: “Someone had asked why the Ravens were not clad in pink Sunday up in Pittsburgh (aside from the coaching staff wearing pink ribbons and the players having pink ribbon helmet decals). The reason given was that The NFL only supplied so many pink accessories, and so rather than have only certain players wearing the gear over a series of games, the Ravens chose to all wear pink for just one game in October, as it’s more consistent with the concept of a team. That game will be this Sunday’s home game against Denver.” … Hey, who’s that? It’s Laura Forde — my good friend and cat-sitter — posing with none other than Marvelous Marvin Hagler back in 1981. “I was 12 years old and ate 14 ears of corn that day (competition with my father),” says Laura. “Marvin was a great guy!” … Washington DC’s Dept. of Transportation is known as DDOT, usually pronounced as “dee-dot.” So check out their logo. I like it (big thanks to Blair Thompson). … Dan Plaster tipped me off to a Western Hockey League player named Wes Vannieuwenhuizen. For now that’s the best image we have of his 16-letter NOB. … We’ve had black-outs, red-outs, white-outs, and now Joe Maddon wants a plaid-out. … You’ve probably heard that the original designer of the Nike swoosh was paid, like, a nickel and a bucket of spit or something like that. But it turns out she was later given 500 shares of Nike stock that are currently worth slightly more than a nickel, or at least that’s Phil Knight’s story (with thanks to Chris Flinn). … New basketball uniforms for George Mason (as reported by Taylor Gaddy). … Whoa, check out this crazy old Wilson football jersey! I’d totally bid on that if it fit me (great find by Scott Cummings). … We finally have our first clear view of the how the Sharks’ anniversary patch will look in situ. Also: The combination of the front uni number and the European series patch makes for a very crowded jersey, especially for the captain and alternates. … Interesting article about the Cricket Hall of Fame, which for some reason is in Connecticut. … The pink thing is really getting out of hand. … Reprinted from Monday’s comments: The Packers have added tiny NOBs to their helmets. … Sensational bowling dress available here (big thanks to Robin Edgerton). … The Supreme Court has let stand a decision that affects logos for USC and South Carolina. … Absolutely spectacular football-themed cowichan sweater here (be sure to scroll down to see the rear view). … Sammy Barbour reports that Michigan hockey has added stripes to its pants. … Millwall, an English soccer team, wore a 125th-anniversary shirt this weekend. “It has the last name of every player to appear for the team in its 125-year history,” explains Jeremy Richardson. … Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the first use of a plastic football helmet. “The Eastman Chemical Division of Kodak developed Tenite — a hard plastic that derived from wood pulp — in the 1930s,” says Doug Brei. “It was used to make screwdriver handles, buttons, desk accessories and fountain pens. Although it’s no longer the plastic used in football helmets, Tenite is still used today in golf clubs, guitars, toothbrushes, purses, phones, and tool handles.” … What’s with those snaps on Vince Wilfork’s uniform? Were they connecting his jersey to his pants or what? (Good spot by LeRoy DePas.) … Small addendum to my NHL season-preview column: According to a note on this page, the Stars are “going back to green on the helmet sticker this year once the regular season starts” (with thanks to Dan Mugg). … Interesting article about the on deck circle. … “What the heck is this on this Kentucky Wildcat?” asks Robert Marshall. Good question. Anyone..? … If you’re going to have a hockey-themed wedding, you might as well include a fight as part of the proceedings (with thanks to Alan Kreit). … New championship-anniversary patch for the Bulls. Here’s how it looks on the jersey. … Lakers and T-Wolves both wore their home uniforms for Monday night’s exhibition game in London. … Here’s our first on-court look at the new Cavs uniforms. … Wouldn’t it be wicked cool if you could whip up some digital code that automatically removed corporate logos from video footage? Someone has created a project to do precisely that (giant gold star to Ryan Summers). … With the NHL season about to start, I’m not the only one who’s written about all the new sweaters.