As you may have seen in the right sidebar, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are currently running their annual Basketball Hall of Fame induction auction, and I’ve taken the liberty of singling out some of the more interesting items. Dig:
• Not often that you see a trophy that’s a giant sneaker.
Want to see more? You can browse through the entire auction catalog here.
By Brinke Guthrie
What’s the point of acquiring Beltran if he’s just gonna hit .244 for us? Grrrrr. Fortunately, there’s a bunch of cool stuff on eBay to take my mind off of that:
• Here’s a 1979 NFL football bank with helmet stickers. No word on whether the original “delicious football gumballs” are included.
• I like this vintage NBA Cincinnati Royals pennant.
• Wow, lookit these old Yankees stickers!
• Speaking of stickers, how about this old NFL set? Note the black Saints helmet.
• Here’s a rarity: a 1960 Dallas Texans 1960 schedule decal.
• Always loved the old Indianapolis Racers logo, as seen on “>this jersey — er, sweater.
• Another logo favorite: the wraparound treatment on the USFL Boston Breakers helmet.
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
No topic left unblogged: Permanent Record, my investigation into the lives of Depression-era vocational school students whose report cards I found years ago in a discarded file cabinet, now has its own web site. I’ll be using that site to supplement (and drum up interest in) the forthcoming series of articles I’m writing for Slate.com. Or, if you prefer, it’s just the latest example of how I can’t shut up about about this particular project. Either way, I’ll be posting material there periodically, so sign up to “follow” it, tell your friends, etc., etc.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s another odd shot of Deion Sanders from his FSU days. Note that the football has the NFL logo but also has college-style white stripes — weird (good spot by Lou DeGeorge). … “I was watching this weird show on IFC called Whisker Wars,” says Martin Hick. “I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but I kind of dig Beard Team USA’s logo.” … Lots of photos from the Batman filming at Heinz Field here (with thanks to Brady Phelps). … Here’s a good look at Arizona State’s new white helmet (courtesy of Wilson Pollacia). … Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream had the A and M on her jersey go AWOL on Sunday (from Kevin Brown). … Michigan State historian Eric Greenwald has discovered that MSU football first wore white away jerseys in 1939, which means they wore the school color white before they wore green. Details here. … Meanwhile, has Michigan’s shade of yellow/maize/etc. changed over the years? This guy thinks so (from Steve King). … Looks like Nebraska will be wearing two jersey patches this season, which seems like overkill (from Drew Sova). … Here’s a good look back at Notre Dame’s old shamrock helmets. … New basketball court design for Michigan (with thanks to Paul Wajgel). … Pat Monahan of Train threw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Padres/Pirates game, but they must’ve given him some sort of cheapo knock-off jersey, because the lettering had the wrong gold-to-black ratio. … Inspiring anti-douchebaggery note from Bill Reese, who writes: “I’m a member of the Empire Supporters Club, one of the singing/chanting supporters of the unfortunately named New York Red Bulls MLS soccer team. Lots of us hate the name Red Bulls and still sing ‘Forza Metro’ at home games instead of ‘Let’s go Red Bull.’ I came up with this shirt design, which was bought by a few dozen of the supporters to wear to this Saturday’s game.” … The Senators have released their third jersey schedule but haven’t yet confirmed whether a rumored leak of that jersey is legit. … If you scroll down a bit in that last link, you’ll also find the news that the Kings will wear their purple/gold throwbacks three times in the upcoming season. … Next-to-last bullet point on this page indicates that USC is now awarding jersey patches to players “who have a top ten GPA on the team or a cumulative 3.0 or better.” The patch is shown on the page — click it for a larger version (big thanks to Kyle Mackie). … Worst minor league jerseys ever? Dan Cichalski thinks so. … Does the Baseball Hall of Fame have another fake jersey on its hands? Peter Nash thinks so. … Are Texas Tech’s new football uniforms really ugly? I think so (big thanks to Matt Cochran).