Latest contribution from the increasingly indispensable Mike Hersh: a bunch of listings from the latest Classic Auctions sale, most of them hockey-oriented. Let’s take a look:
• I really like this 1955 Team Canada jersey, although the color scheme and red stripes make the design feel more American than Canadian. Also, interesting how the blue yoke extends down into the armpit area instead of running as a straight horizontal panel.
• Here’s another case of a Canadian jersey with an unusual color scheme. When I first saw it, I immediately thought, “Mexico!”
• At first glace, this Russian jersey is nothing special. But the crest is interesting, the collar is extremely modern-looking for 1975, and the number font is odd enough to make me wish I could see the other numerals in the set.
• It’s one thing to have a ribbed crew-neck collar, but how often do you see a ribbed lace-up placket? Note the diacriticals on the NOB, too. Love the block-shadowed font.
• Edison got all the glory, but Tesla got the super-cool hockey jersey. Is that awesome or what? Uni Watch’s highest rating.
• And here we have something that’s earned Uni Watch’s, uh, less than highest rating. Sort of brilliant in its wretchitude. Bonus points for prompting what I’m sure will be a “What’s so bad about it?” comment from The Jeff.
• Oh man — an instant classic. Click on the photo see the inner stitching on the felt uni number. Dear Ebbets Field Flannels, please make a version of this, pronto!
• Here’s a rarity: a WHA all-star jersey.
• In the non-hockey category, I love these Reach retail displays.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I’ve been on the road for the past three days and haven’t had much time to deal with e-mail, so my apologies to any Ticker contributors whose submissions didn’t make it into today’s compendium. … While driving home last night, I stopped at a gas station whose mini-mart was offering a great uni-related discount. … I just won this groovy sign on eBay for only 20 bucks — not bad. Haven’t decided where I’m gonna put it yet, but it might end up on the wall above my desk. … Check out the great Boston Garden jackets from Bobby Orr’s number-retirement ceremony. “I’ve never seen them before, but boy do I wish I had one!” says Mike Delia. … Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan got himself a uni-themed pedicure (thanks, Brinke). … HT Adjemian notes that Joe Torre’s undershirt didn’t look very old-timer-y, and the purple wristband didn’t help either. … Lots of nice retro-styled soccer posters here (with thanks to Chad Todd). … I’m generally of the opinion that the perfect amount of back hair to have is none at all, but I might make an exception in this case (big thanks to Tim Burke). … Sean Wilson noticed an interesting nameplate snafu from last year’s NHL draft. … In a vaguely related item, here’s a video clip featuring former NHL No. 1 overall picks talking about the first sweaters they had as fans (with thanks to Anthony Emerson). … More NHL draft news: Looks like the Islanders have added a 40th-season patch (interesting that they’re putting it on the shoulder, Rangers-style) and the Sens have added an All-Star Game patch). Also, all teams used No. 11 jerseys (cuz it’s 2011, duh), but some used apostrophes and some didn’t. Also-also, the Jets — who, in case you hadn’t heard, are called the Jets now — used generic NHL jerseys (with no NHL logo on the collar, cuz that would be redundant, right?). Phil had more NHL draft coverage back on Saturday, and I’ll have more over on ESPN.com later this week, but that’s all I have time for in today’s Ticker. … Here’s a pro wrestler whose trunks look a bit like the Packers’ throwback jersey design. And sure enough, Marc-Louis Paprzyca says the wrestler, who goes by “Mr. Anderson,” is from Green Bay. … Uniform typos apparently extend all the way back to the Civil War. That’s a Union soldier from
Oiho Ohio (great find by Chris Bisbee). … Update! That’s not a typo after all. As R. Scott Rogers immediately pointed out in the comments, it’s just a reverse-image daguerreotype. It’s tricky, because all the letters in “Ohio” look the same in their respective mirror images. … Speaking of typos: “ESPN’s in-race NASCAR reporter, Max Papis, had ‘Livestrong’ on his helmet and his visor,” writes Patrick Padden. “They spelled it right on the visor but wrong on the helmet.” … “This article announcing the release of Burnley FC’s 2011-12 home kit includes an interesting backstory for why Burnley’s new Puma jerseys will have 2 stripes featured on the shoulders, shorts and socks,” writes Jonathon Binet. “It has to do with Dutch soccer player Johann Cruyff and the 1974 World Cup and the removal of a stripe from his Adidas jersey. So is Puma using two stripes as a direct attack on Adidas’s three stripes? I searched for other photos of the ’74 Dutch team and, sure enough, some players have three stripes and some have two. In this photo, you can clearly see Cruyff, with the captain’s armband, wearing only two stripes, while the other players have three.” … Recent Pirates call-up Chase d’Arnaud has one doozy of an NOB (screen shot courtesy of Justin Shawley). … Dylan Buell says the broadcasters during a recent Cubs/Royals game noted that KC pitcher Bruce Chen has worn nine different uni numbers for 11 different teams. Anyone know what the record might be? … Interesting find by Jeffrey Moulden, who writes: “I was going through a box and found some 1996 articles in the Ohio State school newspaper talking about how Ohio State was going to wear black jerseys in the Michigan game. It obviously never happened, but it was good that some people were all about tradition and not commercialism.” … Here’s a video clip about how Rafael Nadal preps his shoes for match play (Brinke again). … Speaking of pregame rituals, Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor like to fill his cap with water before each game (with thanks to Dan Cichalski). … Hmmm, a Maryland football player holding a black helmet. Anyone know more about that? (As noted by Matt Shevin.) … “Never seen this Minnesota Wild logo before, but I saw it on an officially licensed cap at my local sports paraphernalia store the other day,” says Tim E. O’Brien. “The logo doesn’t appear on Chris Creamer’s site, so I’m a bit perplexed.” Me too. … The Tigers retired Sparky Anderson’s number. … I had no idea Cooperalls were still being worn, but here’s some video of Sean Couturier, the Flyers’ top draft pick, wearing red Cooperalls in his under-17 league days check that, it’s his father, not him (still a good find by Matt Dubroff). … Marlon Byrd will be wearing a faceguard when he begins his triple-A rehab assignment. I love that he says he’s going “a little Terry Steinbach, which shows how iconic this look became (thanks, Bryan). … Jon Rathbun notes that the U.S. Military All-Stars barnstorming team has added memorial patches for Harmon Killebrew and Bob Feller.
I’m sure you’re wondering what I think of the Bills’ new uniforms. I’ll have plenty to say about them, and about all the other uni news that’s been breaking in the NBA and NHL, later this week on ESPN.com.