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Auction Action

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Got a note the other day from Mike Hersh. “Ever wish you were rich?” he said. “I do, and here’s some of the stuff I’d buy.” And with that he presented links to a bunch of items from the latest sale at Legendary Auctions.

Many of the items he singled out are indeed spectacular. Let’s take a look:

• Here’s a rare view of the Tigers’ 1928 road uniform (the one with the tiger’s head on the back). I especially like the striped sun collar. Here’s the full auction listing.

• Anyone else surprised to learn that the Vikings used black sideline capes in the 1960s, instead of purple? Also: Dig the absolutely magnificent tag design (full listing).

• Oh baby, check out these tremendous die-cut baseball figures — in their original envelopes, no less (full listing).

• Here’s what’s probably the best bib-style jersey you’ll ever see (full listing).

• How about an assortment of beautiful old ball/strike indicators (full listing).

• This is pretty interesting: Back in the late 1930s and ’40s, you could get your kid a little youth uniform featuring the Babe, the Dean Brothers, or Joe D. Little League hadn’t yet been invented, so these uniforms can be seen as early versions of retail replicas. I had no idea such things were available at such an early date full listing).

• A sporting goods shop in my neighborhood called Sport Prospect has been selling jackets almost exactly like this one since the late 1980s. My then-girlfriend got me one for Christmas in 1990, and I still wear it almost every day when I go out for my daily bike ride in Prospect Park. While I knew they had cribbed the “Brooklyn” script, I didn’t realize they’d cribbed the entire jacket, right down to the navy buttons. Interesting (full listing).

• I love this: a quilt featuring various poses of Ty Cobb (full listing).

Venezuelan baseball stickers! Very cool (full listing).

• Here’s my favorite item on the whole list: a set of Japanese baseball-themed crayons (full listing).

• Like old pennants? Then you’ll love these. Lots of additional examples in the full listing.

• I don’t care about autographs, so I don’t much care about this Wilt Chamberlain high school yearbook signature. I sure do like the yearbook’s cover design, though (full listing).

• Before there were the Boston Celtics, there were the Original Celtics, a New York barnstorming team. That’s one of their old Christmas cards, and here’s a photo that shows them wearing some absolutely killer sweaters. Lots of additional artifacts in the full listing.

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Uni Watch Disabled List: It is my sad duty to report that Scott M.X. Turner (shown at left), who designed the Uni Watch logo and also designs all the Uni Watch membership cards, took a nasty spill off his bike the other day and fractured his left arm, which will be in a sling for six weeks. Fortunately, he’s right-handed, so he can still do the most important thing a guy does with one hand use a mouse, although he might take a little time off first. Please join me in wishing him a speedy recovery and lots of fun painkillers, not necessarily in that order. We’d all sign your cast if we could, Scott!

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Too good for the Ticker: Mike Hersh, who’s been on a roll lately, sent me an eBay link yesterday for something really fascinating: a pair of White Sox pants that were supposedly used in spring training, circa 1987. But these aren’t any ordinary Chisox pants — see for yourself.

Now, this could all be hooey, as so many “game-used” eBay items are. In fact, the same seller is also offering some ’87 spring training pants without the leg logo. But if the first pair is legit, it’s a really interesting find. Two immediate thoughts come to mind:

1) 1987 is the year the Sox changed from the beach blanket to the script (and from sansabelt pants to belted). So if these pants really were used in ’87, as the eBay seller is claiming, they were “last year’s” pants. But that isn’t so unusual for spring training.

2) I had never thought about this before, but it makes sense that the Sox wouldn’t have used regular game pants for spring training during this period, because they wore uni numbers on the left pant leg. With all the extra players who show up for spring camp, it’s hard enough to make sure everyone has a properly numbered jersey. Can you imagine what a hassle it would’ve been to make sure every scrub fifth-string catcher had the right number on his pants? I would’ve assumed they’d have left the left pant leg blank, but putting the beach blanket logo there is an interesting solution.

Can any Sox fans tell us more about this? Better still, does anyone have some photos of players wearing pants like these?

Uni Watch News Ticker: Ebbets Field Flannels has just come out with some new football and hockey throwbacks, and holy bejeezus are they gorgeous. … If you scroll down to the No. 15 entry on this list, you’ll find an interesting quiz about college hoops shorts (with thanks to Britt Jackson). … Ever get the feeling that the NFL has taken this licensing thing a bit too far? (Big thanks to John Freeman.) … If you liked Friday’s entry about infographics, you’ll love this infographical look at Super Bowl XLV (big thanks to Joshua Sondelski). … Dan Cichalski points out that Nike put out at least one MLB facial hair T-shirt design way back in October, so they aren’t just Nike-come-lately on that trope. … Due to a freak injury situation, the Islanders had to call up an emergency back-up goalie named Joel Martin the other night. He arrived toward the end of the second period and, according to this article, “Without time to customize a No. 34 sweater, the Islanders equipment staff tore the nameplate off a No. 17 of New York forward Matt Martin and stitched it on the goalie’s new jersey” (great spot by Jennifer Collins). … The Diamondbacks will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2001 championship by wearing throwbacks this September. Interesting to see that one of the throwback dates is Sept. 11. Does this mean they’ll be wearing stars/stripes caps with the throwbacks? Hope not (with thanks to Joey Artigue). … It had previously been reported that the Indians’ Bob Feller memorial patch would look like this, but they’ve apparently gone for something a bit more subdued (as noted by Edwin Miller). … An upstate New York school district has found a 60-year-old athletic jacket buried deep in a middle school basement (with thanks to Stephen King). … Here’s another article about the uni-related implications of the Clippers’ extended road trip. … Very interesting note from Roger Faso, who writes: “When I went to A’s games as a kid, occasionally the covers of the programs would have wonderful collages of clippings and memorabilia. I always thought a team employee put them together. A few years ago, I started doing my own with baseball cards, electronically. Recently, I decided to get down and do one for real. While doing research, I discovered that those collages weren’t whipped up by some designer in the PR department, but were commissioned pieces of art by a guy named Ray Ward. Are you aware of him?” Nope — not familiar with him. But I think I’ll be getting in touch with him soon. … Whoa, this is one weird-ass Cincy Reds doll. … Who’s that in the top row, third from the left? It’s none other than Jack Nicklaus, on his high school basketball team (great find by Jeff Flynn, Jr.). … The Lakers continued wearing their home throwbacks on the road on Friday at MSG, as the Knicks wore their road throwbacks at home. … And yes, as a few million readers have pointed out, the NOB font on the Lakers’ throwbacks is wrong. Even weirder, as Tim Moore points out, they got the font right on the swingman replicas. So why can’t they get it right on the court? … Two lacrosse-related contributions from Jeff Brunelle: an interesting interview with an ASICS Lacrosse exec, and new gloves for Wesleyan. … Absolutely brilliant piece on Baseball Prospectus about the very odd but very real phenomenon of MLB-themed erotic gay fiction. Key quotes: “I guess it takes all kinds, even the kind who imagines and then describes Kevin Millar having a drunken threesome with Keith Foulke and Jason Varitek” and, especially, “You just do not ever expect to encounter the phrase ‘Doug Mirabelli’s huge, unlubed…’ Well, Doug Mirabelli’s huge, unlubed anything, really. Let’s leave it at that.” … A minor leaguer who’s invited to MLB spring training with little or no chance to make the team is usually given a very high uni number. In Japan, such players are called “instructional players,” and Jeremy Brahm says they usually get a three-digit number beginning with 1 or 2. But Yomiuri Giants pitcher Adam Bright is wearing 022. … Louisville wore throwbacks on Saturday. “Their retro warm-ups had FNOF (first name on front),” says David Merrill. … Here’s an odd one: Umbro has hired Peter Saville, who did all of the famous graphics for the famous UK music label Factory Records (New Order, Joy Division, etc. — never my cuppa, frankly, but it was an important label for lots of people back in the day), to design the kits for the English national team. Details here (with thanks to Tim Broun). … New soccer kits for Gamba Osaka (Jeremy Brahm again). … Here’s a very cool-looking 1963 ice skate catalog. … The NHL logo on Tyler Myers’s jersey collar was missing yesterday (screen shot by Andy Preisendanz). … And speaking of the NHL logo patch, here’s an interesting report from Stephen Tod: “I was watching the Canucks game on Saturday night and they showed the Canucks training staff doing a bit of clipping and trimming around the NHL shield at the base of the collar. Apparently one of the players was complaining to the staff about the bottom of the collar being uncomfortable or stuff. It appeared as though the staff was clipping slits around the area where the shield meets the collar, so it wouldn’t be removed but would provide some relief.” … You know how some college hoops players wear T-shirts under their jerseys? One such player is Purdue forward Kelsey Barlow, and Andrew Moeschberger spotted Barlow wearing an “action P” logo patch on his left sleeve during yesterday’s Purdue/Illinois game. This is the first undershirt sleeve logo I’ve ever been aware of in a basketball game. Anyone else..? … Holy moly, look at this awesome Super Bowl cake, made with hand-painted licorice bears! Okay, so that would’ve been better if the Bears had been in the big game, but there’s no such thing as licorice packers or steelers (big thanks to Jeff Ash). … The University of Denver’s hockey team has added a memorial patch for former coach Murray “Chief” Armstrong. … Here are the Nats’ BP jerseys — woof. Not every team is using that miserable contrasting yoke, but some of them are, as you can see in these schematics of the N.L. and A.L. jerseys. … Two good finds by Mako Mameli: First, it’s not often that you see two decal malfunctions on two different players from two different teams in the same photo. That’s from the NFC Championship Game. And second, the most obvious uni-notable aspect of this 1993 photo is the Colts’ “10 Years in Indy” patch. But look closer: The left guard is wearing a ProCap! Anyone know who that player was? … While looking for something else, I came across a roller derby photo for the ages. Damn, I need to start hunting for some old roller derby jerseys — they always look so great in photos. … Here’s a story about how Lightning goalie Dan Ellis designs his own masks (with thanks to Chris Bisbee). … Color-vs.-color alert. That’s Arizona and Arizona State, who faced off last night (as noted by Michael Koch). … As a Niners fan, I’m surprised I’d never seen this helmet before. That’s Ed Beard in 1970 (great find by Bill Kellick). … Also from Bill: Check out the little Raiders logo decal just above Daryle Lamonica’s nose bumper. That shot is from 1969.

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“I can’t do my homework and I can’t see straight / I meet him every morning ’bout a half-past eight”: As I hope most of us can agree, Valentine’s Day generally sucks. If you’re lucky enough to be partnered, there’s all this pressure to be super-romantical; if you’re single, well, you know. Either way, you’re ready to tell Cupid where he can stick that arrow.

Every now and then, though, V-Day delivers. Case in point: On Feb. 13, 2009, Scott Turner and I had lunch at a bar in New Jersey. The bartender — a tough, no-nonsense chick named Tina — was asking one of the other customers what he was getting his wife for Valentine’s Day. “Oh, you know,” he said, “chocolates, flowers.” And then, after a pause: “And I’m gonna tie a ribbon on my ding-dong!”

I spat out my beer, the whole place cracked up, and Tina spent the next half-hour with this little smirk on her face, muttering, “A ribbon on his ding-dong…” It perfectly cut through all the V-Day treacle and was almost certainly the single greatest Valentine’s Day-related moment of my life. Whatever your romantic status may be, here’s hoping we all get to enjoy a similarly entertaining moment today.

 

131 comments to Auction Action

  • NickV | February 14, 2011 at 8:06 am |

    Notice the Purple stitching on the Vikings “Black” jacket – I wonder if the jacket isn’t just a Dark Purple that photograph’s Black?

    I bet we know a UWer that would know the answer ……

  • NickV | February 14, 2011 at 8:08 am |

    Great new stuff offered by Ebbets Field Flannels ….. Now, if they’d only offer up a really good 1920s Friction Strip Football Jersey …. my search would be over …..

  • NickV | February 14, 2011 at 8:09 am |

    What is the deal with the 49ers and adding screen door handles to football helmets? First, YA Tittle, years later, then Ed Beard …. What’s the deal with that?

    • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 8:59 am |

      Improvised extra protection.
      This whole face mask thing was still new, and technology certainly wasn’t as it is today.

      Look at the convuluted story of the first flapped batting helmets. Lots of jury-rigged stuff created by trainers and equipment managers. Twins’ Ray Crump talks about going to drug store and hardware store for the materials to make his version of one for Earl Battey.

      —Ricko

  • ScottyM | February 14, 2011 at 8:15 am |

    Looks like those Vikings sideline capes are purple. Just a really dark version. Look at the stitching, it’s purple. Those photos look like a dark hue.

    • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 8:55 am |

      I don’t recall them ever being black.
      Like to think I’d have noticed something that “off” back then.

      Of course, in those days, nylon was produced only in a few generic colors. That’s why we sometimes see baseball players in olive green nylon sleeves in spring training photos. That’s about the only color “windbreakers” were back then.

      So, what looks “off” now wouldn’t hve looked “off” then, was commonplace. Like MLB batting helmet logos not matching the softcaps.

      My high school’s baseball team in early ’60s, for example. Hats were black with orange visor. Helmets were navy blue…because that was the color available.

      —Ricko

  • Mike Edgerly | February 14, 2011 at 8:19 am |

    It looks like the ’93 Colt is Randy Dixon (with a number ending in ‘9’ and an NOB ending in ‘ON’) http://www.pro-footb...

  • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 8:39 am |

    Red ribbon? Ding-dong?
    Sounds like the perfect gift for your Ho-Ho.

    (Sorry, some set up lines are impossible to turn away from).

    —Ricko

  • josh's twin | February 14, 2011 at 8:54 am |

    Those licorice bears look like a bunch of fucking lawn jockeys. Down in the dew.

    • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 10:38 am |

      Licorice bears.
      The evolution of a candy.
      When I was kid they came to be called “anise cream dolls”…because the previous name was not exactly nice.

      And I well-remember them being bought and sold under that previous name.

      —Ricko

  • Jeremy Brahm | February 14, 2011 at 8:54 am |

    I think that on the Venezuelan stickers, that Phil Gadner is actually Phil Gardner on the lower right corner.

    http://farm6.static....

    • Walking E | February 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

      That player looks a lot like Phil Garner to me. I was also wondering if that was a typo.

  • Scott | February 14, 2011 at 8:56 am |

    This may or may not have been discussed here but i am wondering if anyone knows the font for the Name and Numbers on THE BACK of the red sox away uni. I am working on a silked screened tshirt using that method showed by the guy who made the packers shirt.

    • Paul Lukas | February 14, 2011 at 9:04 am |

      Numbers: Usually referred to as the McAuliffe font, although I’m not sure if that’s its actual name.

    • Mike Hersh | February 14, 2011 at 9:07 am |

      You might want to check this out.

      http://www.talksox.c...

  • Geeman | February 14, 2011 at 9:04 am |

    Not sure if this has been reported here — basketball player wearing boxing helmet.

    http://www2.journaln...

  • Geeman | February 14, 2011 at 9:05 am |

    Wake Forest wore gold at home yesterday. It usually wears gold at home or on the road a couple of times a year.

    http://www2.journaln...

  • LI Phil | February 14, 2011 at 9:09 am |

    just to reiterate what a couple people have said — take a look at the vikings cape again — and look at the background, which looks “blacker” if you will

    pretty sure that is/was purple, just a very dark shade that’s become even darker over time, but it wasn’t/isn’t black

    • Paul Lukas | February 14, 2011 at 9:15 am |

      I disagree. Look at the front view:
      http://www.legendary...

      As you can see, the inner hood is clearly purple. But the cape itself is black.

      • The Jeff | February 14, 2011 at 9:33 am |

        It’s purple. Throw it in photoshop or paintshop or whatever and hover the color match tool over it. The background gives you RGB values like (22,21,20), (30,29,29), (208,206,207), etc. It’s a black to white gradient. The cape, on the other hand shows up with RGB’s like (88,78,88), (76,61,73), (121,114,124), etc. It always shows a higher level of red and blue – purple. It’s a very dark purple, yes, but it isn’t black.

        • Jet | February 14, 2011 at 11:11 am |

          I agree with Jeff.

        • John Zajac | February 14, 2011 at 11:23 am |

          Also agree. Even compared to the black area inside the hood after the bright purple area, the body of the cape is purple.

        • jdreyfuss | February 14, 2011 at 11:25 am |

          Hard to argue with the RGB values.

        • RS Rogers | February 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm |

          Hard to argue with the RGB values.

          Actually, RGB is just about the easiest thing to argue with. We’re talking a compressed copy of a scanned copy of a printed copy of a negative image that was itself subject to the color manipulation that’s inherent in all photography. (Google “white balance” if this isn’t already obvious.) The RGB values may very well be close to an accurate reading of the original artifact, but they’re just as likely to be completely wrong.

          Plus, you have the fact that black pigments vary significantly in color value, and also that dye changes color over time, even without exposure to sunlight. I’ve had several black pieces that have become visibly blue- or green-tinted over time. Take a picture of one of those pieces, and the black would eyedropper in Photoshop as either either green or blue, and probably would have to a slight degree even when new, but the thing itself was still black.

          So all in all, the RGB reading of a web photo is basically the least convincing possible evidence of the true color of an artifact, in my book.

      • Casey (Davis, CA) | February 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm |

        Totally a dark plum color of purple.

  • MPowers1634 | February 14, 2011 at 9:20 am |

    Doug Mirabelli’s huge, unlubed…

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    that he only whips out for his buddy, Tim!

    • jdreyfuss | February 14, 2011 at 11:23 am |

      Paul, Rule 34. Rule 34, Paul. MLB slash fiction is horrible, but certainly well within the expected bounds of internet silliness.

      http://tvtropes.org/...

  • Mark in Shiga | February 14, 2011 at 9:24 am |

    Jeremy beat me to the punch on those initial-zero minor leaguer numbers for the Yomiuri Giants. Most of the other teams start numbering those guys with 100 or 110, and the Chunichi Dragons start with 201 for some reason (ex-Dodger Norihiro Nakamura got number 205 when he made his return to NPB). But starting thie year, the Giants went from 001 to 022. I was surprised to see 001 and 003 in particular being issued; I guess those numbers aren’t equivalent to 1 and 3, which have been retired for the two legends Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima. As cool as it is to see this quirkiness, real uniforms with their own team names, their own logos, and their own sequence of numbers really are long past due for Japan’s “JV” teams.

    Also, Paul and Phil, I can help you out with the names of the players on that box of crayons. From left, they’re: Aota, Nishizawa, Kawakami, Fujimura , Kotsuru, Chiba, then Ōoka and Sugiura on the left and Sugiyama and Iwamoto on the right. Nineteen-fifties, maybe? I used to have enough knowledge to be able to date this thing jsut by when all of those guys were in the league together, but not now. Jeremy, do you know?

  • Dwayne | February 14, 2011 at 9:40 am |

    I have a theory about the Sox pants. First of all, I think the 1987 date is incorrect.By looking at the tags in the waistband, they appear to be 1983 pants. The 83 being the year used, 32 being the waist size and 28 being the inseam length.
    Another clue to the SOX being on the leg of the Baines pants, it might be there to cover up the number so that anybody could use the pants when sent to the minors. And the DEVO written on the pocket would be further evidence of minor league use as when I worked in the Mets minor-league system as a clubhouse assistant, that is how we did it. As for the Hill pants, I have no clue about why there is no number on those pants.

    • Keith | February 14, 2011 at 10:37 am |

      The Hill listing only shows the back of the pants. There may still be something on the front.

      • Charles N. | February 14, 2011 at 11:29 am |

        Darn – beat me to it. Yeah, I’m pretty sure those Donnie Hill pants are showing the ass end. You can tell by the orientation of the leg stripes and the amount of excess material in the butt region. Why the seller would only show a picture of the back of the pants is still a mystery. Even if they aren’t the real deal, or even accurately listed, ten bucks gets you some snazzy pants to wear to softball games.

    • JTH | February 14, 2011 at 11:33 am |

      If the pants listed as Donnie Hill’s were actually worn by Donnie Hill, then 1987 would be feasible. He was with the A’s from ’83 to ’86.

      • Dwayne | February 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm |

        They are Marc Hill’s pants. Catcher – #7. Played in 58 games and hit a little above his weight (205) .226.

  • John in DC | February 14, 2011 at 9:50 am |

    More on Isles’ call-up Joel martin:

    During the broadcast of the Isles’ following game, Howie Rose mentioned that Joel was wearing mostly Rick DiPietro’s gear the night of the recall. Since DP and martin catch with opposite hands, he was wearing a random pair og goalie gloves.

    Unclear if he got his Elmira-schemed gear in time for that next game.

  • Chris in Nashville | February 14, 2011 at 9:55 am |

    I don’t think the best way to “honor first responders in remembrance of the many Americans who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11” is to wear purple and teal.

    • Chance Michaels | February 14, 2011 at 10:05 am |

      Personally, I think the best way to “honor first responders in remembrance of the many Americans who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11” is to let the victims rest in dignified peace.

      Not pound our chests to show how patriotic we are, and not put flags on things to sell more stuff.

      • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 10:07 am |

        You got that right, Chance.

        —Ricko

      • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 10:16 am |

        Also, because I am able to compare eras, I can tell you that when there is no military draft it is very easy for young men to be ever-so-patriotic in thanking the other young men who do the dirty work so they can stay home, build their careers and get all the girls.

        Things change drastically when you realize YOU might have get dirty, too…whether you want to or not.

        —Ricko

    • TechAlum07 | February 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm |

      If I’m reading the Dbacks press relese correctly, they’ll only be wearing the throwback jerseys on the 9th, so most likely wear the stars and stripes hats with regular unis on the 11th.

      Also, is it just me, or does the Lakers replica jersey font look exactly like the “wrong” font on the game worn jerseys?

      • TechAlum07 | February 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm |

        nevermind about the font, I was looking at the number font, not NOB

  • interlockingtc | February 14, 2011 at 9:57 am |

    I am speechless…..

    http://farm5.static....

    Perfection.

    • Jet | February 14, 2011 at 11:12 am |

      Absolutely. I can’t stop looking at those ball-strike indicators. Amazing.

      -Jet

  • Chance Michaels | February 14, 2011 at 9:57 am |

    Re: that NFC Championship game photo, John Kuhn’s helmet is having a rough year.

    First he lost his rear bumper in the Atlanta game, then his helmet logo in the Super Bowl.

  • DW95MVP | February 14, 2011 at 10:18 am |

    The Original Celtics are of no relation to the Boston Celtics. Please fix.

    -Nat Holman

    • DW95MVP | February 14, 2011 at 10:22 am |

      I take that back, I read “they” instead of “there”.

    • Chance Michaels | February 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm |

      Similar logos, though.

  • Lose R | February 14, 2011 at 10:18 am |

    Some Red Sox uniform number info.

    Lackey changing from 40 to 41, and more

    http://www.boston.co...

    • Mark in Shiga | February 14, 2011 at 10:54 am |

      Is there a story behind Alfredo Aceves’ number 91? He had that with the Yankees too.

      In recent years the Red Sox have changed from a traditional-numbering team to handing out some real barbarisms (many, many players in the 60s), so on the other hand I’m relieved that the other new players got normal numbers.

      • Shane | February 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm |

        To be fair, a few of them have switched to lower numbers. Jon Lester went from 62 to 31, Clay Buchholz from 61 to 11, and Daniel Bard from 60 to..uh, well, okay, 51.

  • Geno Jamison | February 14, 2011 at 10:30 am |

    Mercyhurst women’s basketball team is planning on wearing pink.
    http://hurstathletic...

  • notsOsama | February 14, 2011 at 10:50 am |

    I understand what Ricko is saying as years ago certain plastics, vinyls, etc. were only available in a few generic colors but the exterior cape looks like it is a very dark, aged purple to my eyes. If you remember the early Vikings painted helmets were very very dark purple (almost black) too.

    • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 10:57 am |

      But I didn’t say they were black. ;)
      Said I don’t remember noticing them in black, but that could have been because it wasn’t unusual.
      I tend to think they were purple. As you said, a very dark shade of a same because of materials.
      Really think I’d have noticed flat-out black.

      —Ricko

      • Giancarlo | February 14, 2011 at 11:58 am |

        It looks like the Vikings had the same tailor as Adam West’s Batman in the 1960s.

        • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm |

          “The Joker has tied us under giant magnifiying glasses in beds of margarine!”

          “Holy Oleo!!!”

          “I didn’t know you could yodel, Boy Wonder.”

          (And you thought Heath Ledger was demented in THE DARK KNIGHT).

          —Ricko

  • Jet | February 14, 2011 at 11:15 am |

    Another day of mind-blowing old finds. My mind is reeling — the ball/strike indicators…the 1928 Tigers photo…the die-cut figures… the quilt!!! Good grief, this is too much for my brain in one day!

    Plus you’ve reminded me how much I used to love roller derby jerseys. Now I gotta start looking for some too!

    -Jet

    • Broadway Connie | February 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm |

      Agree totally with Jet.

      Listen, it’s getting downright inconvenient around here lately, there’s too much great stuff. My little Epson is wheezing as it turns out these nuts images. Lord Chilvers yesterday, Mike Hersh today. I like everything Jet liked, plus crazy for the Japanese crayon set and the Kate Smith & Original Celtics.

      PS I bet I am the only UW reader to have appeared (live) on the Kate Smith Show, back in the primordial ooze era of national television.

      • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm |

        “When the mooooonnnnn…
        comes over the moun-tainnnn…”

        –Rick

        • Broadway Connie | February 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm |

          Attaboy!

        • LI Phil | February 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm |

          i think rick dated kate smith

        • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm |

          Nope. Not into BBW.
          Not then. Now now. Not ever.

          There isn’t enough Scotch in the world to…

          —Ricko

  • KT | February 14, 2011 at 11:16 am |

    The Colt in question in the Jack Trudeau photo is Randy Dixon.

    I covered the Colts from 1992-1995 and remember that. Dixon and Steve Wallace of the 49ers were two of the guys (besides Mark Kelso, obviously) who had concussion issues and wore the Pro Cap.

    Also, I can get you a scan of the Colts’ 10 years in Indy patch. It’s on the cover of their ’93 media guide, which I have at home somewhere.

    • Paul Lukas | February 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm |

      I don’t have a good view of the actual patch, but here’s the design:
      http://farm5.static....

      Pretty unusual to put a non-memorial patch on a black background. Kind of a mess overall, although I do like the horse’s scribbled mane…

      • KT | February 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm |

        Yeah, that’s the one. I don’t know if they did one for the 20th year or 25th.

        But there will come a point where they will have been in Indianapolis longer than they were in Baltimore, maybe that will be worthy of something.

  • jdreyfuss | February 14, 2011 at 11:21 am |

    The BP jersey design looks like it’s supposed to be a contrasting collar with raglan sleeves, but the Nats picture looks more like a full yoke with set in sleeves. That would look so much better if they had simply made the small contrast at the collar with the raglan sleeves.

    Well really, the Nats’ blue over red really doesn’t look good either way, but the Indians’ red over blue and the Tigers’ orange/white over blue would look good in the raglan style.

  • =bg= | February 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm |

    Let’s see, Valentine’s Day status:

    *My wife bought me a Giants SGA Carlos Santana bobblehead.
    *Power just went off/back on due to high winds here. Of course, now there’s brilliant sunshine.
    *Pitchers and Catchers report, and this banner is now hanging in the clubhouse.

    http://yfrog.com/h23...

    We’re good here.

    • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm |

      25 years ago today I married a woman who, during the 15th year, decided to trade up for a billionaire.

      Yeah, life was good at the start of the decade, alright.

      —Ricko

      • Broadway Connie | February 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm |

        Thought about suing for lingering mental cruelty?

    • =bg= | February 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm |

      and……..here’s CARLOS.

      http://img.photobuck...

  • rpm | February 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm |

    it has been a while, so…

    just under 10 years ago i was driving my sea foam green dodge ram charger that i bought off a guy in tampa for $300 and a six pack of schaeffers around the north side of chicago on february 14th. i was on my way to meet a gal to do something, but i don’t remember either, shocking. anyway, i put on one of the local chicago sports talk stations, and the topic was worst Vday tragedy. the host was a genius, i mean who not only listens to, but calls into sports talk on feb 14th? it was utterly hysterical, and i never laughed so hard as i drove around hoping i would never find a parking place to meet whomever for whatever. but i couldn’t help lamenting that i did not have the time or lack of cranium capacity to call the show.

    had i called, this would have been my story

    it’s the late 90’s, i had just moved to chicago from cowlumbus and let’s long story short any other info other then i am single. so it’s the V, and i just got done shaving with a straight razor, which i was into at the time, and decided i would go for a walk to do some vinyl shopping across the street from a place that sold to-go margaritas(little known fact, movilk briefly lived in chicago selling illegal ‘ritas).

    it was an unseasonably warm day, so the sun was out, i had a blue margarita the size of a folgers coffee can, and fresh 5-style and nick cave albums to grove to when i got to the homestead, a slanted floor coach house with an awesome trap door that lead to my first “professional” studio. all things considered, i was as happy as corn on a cob. and then, she came into my life.

    i was crossing wrightwood, just south of the wiener’s circle on clark when i hear *scrrreach*. i look to my right and there is some blond trixie whose shocked yet vacant stare i will never forget on a cell phone in a bright red VW jetta who apparently did not see the stop sign. my eyes get like saucers, and i jump ever so slightly so i am not firmly planted on the ground, and blamo. as fresh blue margarita goes flying in the air, i roll over the top of this trixie’s car, and off her trunk, landing ever so gently on the pavement. as i try to figure out if my clavicle or brain-pan is broken, the red VW burns rubber and flies, and i mean flies down clark. i realize i am alive, and i look up and there is a hispanic man and his daughter on the corner, “did you get that plate?!” i am greeted with a blank expression. puuuuurfect, she gets away with a valentines masacre(just a few blocks north of the actual one).

    i assess the damages. nick cave is dead, as is, sniff, my 9 billion oz. blue margarita. only me and 5-style survived, and some would say the wrong items lived to tell the tale. i picked up the shattered pieces, walked to the closest package goods, bought two 6-pack tallboys of olde style, and got fully krausened as i laughed about how i was nearly killed by a red jetta driven by a drifting blond trixie on the V.

    • Ricko | February 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm |

      We have just read one unfortunate origin of “hit it and quit it”.

      —Ricko

    • LI Phil | February 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm |

      next you’ll tell us you rassled a bear…;)

      great story…good thing there’s a happy ending, right?

      • JTH | February 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm |

        Happy ending? Is that “package goods” is referring to?

      • Broadway Connie | February 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

        “… nearly killed by a drifting blond trixie on the V.”

        Get outta heah!

        • rpm | February 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm |

          rick…ba dum bum

          long island skipper…i can tell the bear story on it’s anniversary this summer if you really want to hear about me pissing my pants and about how bear snot is very viscus and they stink like a pack of dogs who spent a week in a bog. but that’s the the short version.

          jimbad…yes, the old style was scrumdillyumptious.

          broadway…it’s true, i gots me stories. but who would make that up?

    • KT | February 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm |

      I can’t believe this story. Because I can’t believe you’d ever be single.

      • rpm | February 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm |

        oooooh daaaaaaang…a roofus-goofus ba-dum-bump, zing, boyoyoing.
        nice job kay-tee, i been sarcasticised.

        • Broadway Connie | February 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm |

          I believe you, revolution. “Get outta heah” is an admiration.

  • Brian C | February 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm |

    “And yes, as a few million readers have pointed out, the NOB font on the Lakers’ throwbacks is wrong.”

    The 4 is wrong, too…

  • =bg= | February 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm |

    http://www.cnbc.com/...

    Cam goes UA. The story doesn’t mention how much of a bonus Newton’s dad negotiated. For himself.

    • jdreyfuss | February 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm |

      I wonder how much of a part continuity played in his decision. I know UA shoes are generally of lower quality than the sportswear companies that started out making shoes instead of the reverse, so it had to have come down to either money, familiarity, image, or some combination.

  • pflava | February 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm |

    Those Louisville throwbacks are gorgeous. What a great reminder of a time when college basketball uniforms weren’t an eyesore (well, minus the nut-huggers).

  • Beezer | February 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm |

    The cover of the Venezuelan sticker album (seen in the full listing) is a direct copy of the Chicago Cubs program:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/...

  • allenkc | February 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm |

    There is an interesting article about ref’s collars in the middle of this page. Turns out the guy wearing the throwback uniform for a small high school game in Oklahoma is famous for making a call in another sport.

    http://coachesaid.co...

    • rpm | February 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm |

      that is a great story, and i love that he has used the same homemade lanyard for 40+ years. i could care less about the national title, we should have been in the rose bowl against ryan leaf and the cougars, so don’t think i am saying this for any hidden reason, but that guy is awesome.

  • Jim Vilk | February 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm |

    Get well, Scott!

    The cape is purple.

    “…the host was a genius, i mean who not only listens to, but calls into sports talk on feb 14th?”
    Same people who post on here today?

    They actually made a Dodge Ram in seafoam green, Robert? Cool. Tell me, did the guy show you in the manual where you must tailgate everyone in front of you? ‘Cause I swear every time I look in my rear-view and see nothing but grill, it’s the grill of a Dodge Ram.

    Oh, and the Lakers not only wore those throwbacks against the Knicks, but against the Magic as well.
    http://cache.daylife...

    • Bernard | February 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm |

      I believe they built a few in seafoam, Jim.

  • Bob from Akron | February 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm |

    This is the first undershirt sleeve logo I’ve ever been aware of in a basketball game. Anyone else..?

    My momory’s a bit fuzzy on this one, but for a brief time during Patrick Ewing’s freshman year at Georgetown (1981-82), he wore an undershirt with a pair of shoes and the NIKE wordmark (no swoosh) on one of he sleeves.

    • Bob from Akron | February 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm |

      Wow, my sinus cold has really got to me…
      Memory; his sleeves

    • Jim Vilk | February 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
      • Paul Lukas | February 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm |

        Wow — I have zero memory of that. I mean, I know Ewing wore undershirts (duh), but I didn’t remember the sleeve adornments.

  • M.Princip | February 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm |

    Featuring a new artist over at the Illustrated NFL site; Ted Watts. We are compiling all the work and will have more to show soon. Here’s the first piece up, KC Chiefs.

    • LarryB | February 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm |

      Ted Watts, The Heisman artist.

      I found this and like it.

      http://www.illustrat...

      • M.Princip | February 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm |

        Yep! Very cool guy, we’ve been communicating by email and he is converting some stuff he
        has in his archives to nice high res digital. So, we’re very excited about that.

  • Rob S | February 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm |

    … fan fiction gets a mention in the ticker? Really?

    More proof of Rule 34, I suppose… if it exists, someone’s smutting it up somewhere.

    • Paul Lukas | February 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm |

      What’s wrong with mentioning it in the Ticker? Not uni-related, true, but it’s a super-specific niche subculture whose very existence is amusing and somewhat revelatory — which is exactly how most of the world views uni-watching.

      • Rob S | February 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm |

        I’m just a bit surprised, that’s all. (Yeah, took me a while to get back to this…)

        And I’ve seen some weird stuff on the fan fiction side (stuff I can’t un-see, even)… I just haven’t come across stuff involving real people like that, much less baseball players.

  • Johnny O | February 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm |

    Aside from Bill Murray looking weird as always, Pebble Beach Pro-Am champ D.A. Points sports a Lego belt buckle. To be honest, I didn’t know Lego joined the sponsorship on the PGA Tour. Points is the only one I know of right now.

    http://www.tmz.com/2...

  • RS Rogers | February 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm |

    Boo on the Tribe for the Feller patch. The first one we saw is one of the best, and classiest, memorial patches ever. Ever. The new patch isn’t just worse, it’s bad. If the number 19 is sufficient to memorialize Feller, then the name is clutter, whereas if the name is necessary, then the name-plus-number is insufficiently iconic to do justice as a memorial. The patch is the equivalent of those political cartoons that are so obtuse that the artists has to label every figure in the cartoon as like “Congress,” “voters,” “lobbyists,” and so forth. If you need the label, it’s a crap cartoon, and if you don’t need the label but you put it in anyway, then it’s a good cartoon that you’ve turned to crap with clutter. Either way, the end result is crappy.

    And hey, speaking of crappy, I’ve just listened to three hours of Jim Bowden on XM Radio because I couldn’t find the remote to switch it back to Outlaw Country or First Wave or Radio Margaritaville. Bowden just spent five minutes comparing pitching prospects to Justin Beiber. I believe I am now, in the immortal words of Doug Mientkiewicz, “mentally dumber” than I was three hours ago.

    • RS Rogers | February 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm |

      “… the artists has …” I’ve been screwing up subject/verb agreement all day. Freakin’ embarrassing.

      • LI Phil | February 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm |

        pretty sure you’re the only one who have noticed

    • =bg= | February 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm |

      Speaking of Radio Margaritaville——–

      http://www.radiomarg...

      I thought this was SiriusXM only- didn’t know he streamed online!

    • =bg= | February 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm |

      PS- is there some email link to send to Bowden? An old acquaintance of mine from back in my Reds/Marge days.

    • JTH | February 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm |

      Whatever. Maybe they tried the patch with the silhouette and it looked like crap.

      Anyway, thanks for turning the Uni Watch comments section into YouTube comments, Scott. Y’know, where no matter what’s posted, somehow a Bieber connection is made.

      Oh, and if you’re going to dis the kid, at least spell his name right. I before E, except after C…

      • traxel | February 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm |

        U before E except after H.

        • JTH | February 15, 2011 at 6:40 am |

          Theodor von Heuglin begs to differ.

        • JTH | February 15, 2011 at 8:21 am |

          Uh, I meant he approves that message. *I* beg to differ.
          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
          Note to self: when waking up before 5 in the AM, please ingest stimulants prior to posting comments.

  • Joe D | February 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm |

    I noticed on the NL schematics that the Pirates are (finally) using an MLB logo with gold instead of red. Is this going to be the case on all of their uses of the MLB logo or will they still use the black/red version?

    • Paul Lukas | February 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm |

      Good catch. It’s team-wide.

  • Justin | February 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm |

    That Auburn pennant in the pennant listing is very interesting. The pennant, dated by the seller as being from 1920-1940, has “Auburn University” written on it, in a time when Auburn was known as “Alabama Polytechnic Institute”. Auburn officially changed its name from API to Auburn in 1960.

    I know API was commonly referred to as “Auburn” before the official name change, because the name of the town was just easier to say, but this has it written on what appears to be official merchandise.

  • LarryB | February 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm |

    Some really cool items today.

    These guys are so cool

    http://farm6.static....

  • LarryB | February 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm |

    The youth baseball uniforms were something new to me also. Those lucky late 30’s-40’s kids.

  • Shane | February 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm |

    Bahahahahahaha, Dougie’s going deep.

  • ChrisN | February 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm |

    Virginia Tech wore grey alternates with “VPI” across the front against Georgia Tech yesterday. Don’t know if they’re actual throwback jerseys or if they’re “fauxbacks.”

    http://www.hokiespor...

  • Drew Elrick | February 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm |

    The nostrils on the Chicago Bulls’ logo have been missing on ESPN’s Power Rankings for the past few weeks. http://espn.go.com/n...

    • jdreyfuss | February 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm |

      No nostrils? So how does he smell?

      • LI Phil | February 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm |

        bloomin awful

    • Dwayne | February 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm |

      Hopefully this is not what Uniwatch has been reduced to.

      Nostrils on a logo? Really???

      • Paul Lukas | February 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm |

        “Reduced to”? This is what Uni Watch is all about!

      • jdreyfuss | February 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm |

        You did see the slogan, right Dwayne? What’s your definition of “obsessive study”?

      • LI Phil | February 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm |

        Uni Watch

        it’s two words, dwayne…

        two words

  • James | February 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm |

    This is random, but I’m watching the Kanas vs. K-State basketball game right now and noticed that K-State’s new grey sweatbacks style uni’s seem too dark to be a light-colored uni, even in a color vs. color match-up. Anybody else agree with this?

    • Flip | February 15, 2011 at 1:44 am |

      Don’t care a wit for those gray things, but gotta LOVE the outcome. http://www.kansascit...

  • traxel | February 14, 2011 at 11:49 pm |

    Yahoo! Yeah! The Purple Palace, the Octogon of Doom, the Little Apple! Sorry chickensquawks. Purple is the color of the evening ……or….. whatever color is dingy gray sweat, but who cares. We won!

    • jdreyfuss | February 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm |

      Heh. Heavy is the head that wears the crown. That’s two number ones in three days, right?

  • traxel | February 15, 2011 at 12:04 am |

    Whoa. I just saw Rockets highlights and had to check twice to make sure it wasn’t Iowa State. Neon Iowa State. http://scores.espn.g...

  • traxel | February 15, 2011 at 12:07 am |

    And the Baylor women in Valentine pink? Blech.
    http://espn.go.com/w...

  • Flip | February 15, 2011 at 1:34 am |

    Photos http://www.kansascit... Don’t care at all for the grays. But I LOVE the outcome.

  • do-do brown | February 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm |

    1956 Olympic hockey vid in color

    http://www.youtube.c...

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