Mike Hersh has pointed out some really interesting memorabilia items — many of them dating back more than 80 years — in some recent online auctions. Let’s take a look:
• What are these? According to the item listing, “In the teens, tobacco companies issued quite a few sets printed on silks or felts, featuring a variety of subjects. These ‘fabric cards’ were intended to be used as the building blocks for quilts, pillow cases, blankets, tapestries, etc.” Faaaascinating!
• We all know that many of the National League teams wore pillbox-style caps in 1976, and the Pirates wore pillboxes for the next few seasons after that. But I hadn’t been aware of any pillbox action taking place around 1960 — even on the merch or souvenir level — until now (full listing).
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
Collector’s Corner rolls into May with another eclectic mix. Find any good stuff? Send it over! Just make sure the auctions you submit have more than a day or two left to run, or else they’ll end before the next installment of CC.
Here’s this week’s haul:
• Anyone from Cincinnati knows Skyline is the chili, but that didn’t keep Pete Rose from pushing the competition.
• Staying with the Redlegs, how about this 1940s Reds patch?
• Here’s an absolutely terrific Cubs decal. [Wow — that’s sensational. Anyone know if this was part of a larger MLB-wide series? — PL]
• PF Flyers for $700?! Go on, you know you want to look.
• Really odd facial expressions on this fantastic old MacGregor sign.
• Check out all the old soccer and hockey pennants this guy is selling.
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Dark Horse Chronicles, continued: Reader Jason Greening has been heroically
wasting a week of his life that he’ll never get back poring over Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News microfiche, hoping to find a definitive resolution to the mystery of the Broncos’ early-season 1962 helmet logo color.
Alas, it’s turned out to be a quixotic quest so far, as he’s come up empty. Here’s the closest thing he’s found:
As you can see, much like the caption to the photo we discussed last week, the short item Jason has found mentions orange, blue, and white but has no mention of brown. Then again, there’s no mention of the helmet, so it’s hard to be sure.
Bottom line: We still don’t know which color Old Paint was.
IMPORTANT reminder! I lost the little sheet where I wrote down who was wearing what at the St. Louis Uni Watch party last Thursday night. So if you were there, please shoot me a note and remind me what you were wearing, so I can match your name to the photos I took and prepare a proper party report. Thanks.
And they won’t even boo him (probably): Longtime Philly-area reader Morris Levin is organizing a series of informal baseball presentations in Philadelphia. The first one will take place on May 26 and will feature Bill Henderson — the man behind the definitive double-knit era jersey guide — talking about the Phillies’ uniform history since 1970. Full details here.
If there’s sufficient interest, Morris says he’s willing to host an informal Uni Watch party at a local bar prior to Bill’s presentation. If that appeals, contact Morris directly. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The Wizards will unveil their new uniforms today at 11am eastern. While you wait for that, here’s a slideshow of the franchise’s uni history up until now (with thanks to Mike McLaughlin). … Also from Mike: Earl Weaver is auctioning off a bunch of memorabilia … Who’s that with the GE-sponsored suit? It’s none other than Walt Disney. That shot is from a 1964 World’s Fair promotional video (fascinating find by John Crozier). … This is pretty funny: a video of Jason Varitek playing Wiffle Ball with local kids while wearing a Jason Varitek replica jersey, complete with inappropriate home NOB. “You’d think he could’ve just worn one of his regular jerseys,” says Ben Marciniak, although I imagine the organizers wanted Tek’s name to be visible for all to see, even if it doesn’t really belong on a Bosox home jersey. … Okay, so it was only practice, but couldn’t Phil Jackson have worn matching socks? (With thanks to Mark Kaplowitz.) … In a really odd development, the Cowboys want to handle Ohio State’s merchandising (with thanks to Chris Flinn) … Kelly Hellman went antiquing the other day and found an old 1937 issue of Look magazine with an absolutely spectacular football uni on the cover. … Durham Bulls and Indianapolis Indians played a throwback game last night. Here’s what the Indians wore; haven’t seen a photo yet of the Bulls’ uni (with thanks to George Carpenter). … “I hadn’t before seen triple-digit uni numbers in youth sports until now,” says Jake Elwel. “That’s Concord-Carlisle (MA) youth lacrosse at UMass last Saturday.” … What’s even stupider than a camouflage baseball shirt? Two camouflage baseball shirts (plus a pink Tooth Fairy necklace). That’s Heath Bell, brought our way by Eric Hill. … The awesome Fleer Sticker Project has put together a nice post on those 1970 Brewers prototypes that we’ve occasionally discussed here at Uni Watch. … Avi Miller reports that all of the pink shoes we saw on Sunday were Under Armour, and that all players with UA shoe contracts were more or less required to wear them. … Here’s the story behind the Altoona Curve’s on-field rally cap. … I had been told — and had reported — that the Braves and Phils would wear Negro Leagues throwbacks for this Sunday’s Civil Rights game. According to this item, however, they’ll be wearing 1974 throwbacks, to mark the season Hank Aaron hit No. 715 (no word on whether they’ll wear Adidas-striped shoes). I believe the plan is for the Negro Leagues uniforms to be worn the day before that, on Saturday. … If you have a kid who plays high school football, you need to read Alan Schwarz’s latest piece on the concussion risk associated with particular helmet models. Further info on the NFL implications here.