What you see above is season pass that the New York Giants issued to select VIPs in 1921, which is up for bids in the current SCP Auctions catalog. I’ve seen season passes before, but this is the coolest one I’ve ever come across. Love that the key motif!
The current SCP catalog includes several of these season passes, all from the Giants. I like these next two almost as much as the key-shaped one:
That last one, incidentally, has some particularly nice engraving on the back.
Those are my favorite items in the new SCP catalog, but there are plenty of other interesting listings. Here are some highlights:
Want to see more? You can browse the entire auction here.
By Brinke Guthrie
Some cities have NFL teams, and then some cities are NFL cities. What I mean is, there are certain cities where the team is embedded in the community’s psyche and soul. Cases in point: the Packers in Green Bay, the Saints in New Orleans, the Steelers in Pittsburgh, and the Cowboys in Dallas. Baltimore used to be on that list too, back when the Colts were there. (Sorry, Ravens — you haven’t achieved that status yet.) So we start off this week by featuring this terrific Colts championship decal.
As for the rest of this week’s finds:
• Reader Mike Powers spotted this pair of 1970s Phil Esposito Converse sneakers.
• Here’s a cool 1982 NHL sticker album.
• More Technigraph plaque goodness, this time from 1965 with a Washington Redskins spear design.
• Nice set of NFL helmet stampers.
• Two words for this: Holy grail.
Moisture wicking, of a sort: Big news on the consumer culture front, as there’s now a new category of Uni Watch merchandise: nifty little beverage coasters, available in green, gold, and burgundy. These are cork-backed sandstone coasters (not cardboard like the ones at your local bar) — very nice, and perfect for all your
Sunday beer swilling highly mature and responsible beverage-accessorization needs.
Membership update: A bunch of new designs have been added to the membership card gallery (including Andrew Pekoe’s simple but snazzy Florida State marching band design, shown at right). If you’ve been waiting for your printed/laminated card, the latest batch of those should ship out later this week.
As always, you can get your own card by signing up here.
Because why come up with a new idea when you can just steal someone else’s? I’ve been spending a lot of time lately on a site called Hyperbole and a Half (which is apparently very famous in certain circles, so maybe you already know about it, but I only learned about it last Friday). It’s the creation of a 20something gal named Allie Brosh, who’s a really good writer and illustrator. I realize some of you will look at her stuff and say, “What are you talking about? She can’t draw for shit!” But if you spend a little time on her site, you’ll see that she’s actually super-talented and knows exactly what she’s doing. I recommend starting here, here, here, and here.
Anyway: One of the coolest things about Hyperbole and a Half is something in the right sidebar called the Awesome Button, which is basically just a blind link to things that Brosh really likes. You don’t know what you’ll be getting when you click on it but, as Brosh says, “it will always be awesome.”
I like that idea a lot, so I’ve created my own version of the Awesome Button, called the Catch of the Day, which is now in the right sidebar. It will always link to something I really like. Sometimes the link will be sports- or uni-related; often it won’t. Despite the name, I won’t necessarily be updating it on a daily basis — probably more like once or twice a week. I don’t plan to announce when I change the link, so you’ll just have to click on it every day to see if it’s been updated. And once an old link is gone, it’s gone for good, so don’t bother sending me notes asking what last week’s Catch of the Day was. You snooze, you lose.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Oh, great: The NHL All-Star Game is now the Corporate Donuts Game. Douchebags. … Yesterday I wrote that the Broncos would be changing to orange jerseys next year but that I wasn’t sure if they’d have a new orange design or if they’d just redesignate their current alts as their primaries. As it turns out, that point was already addressed in this article, which says they’ll be redesignating the current alts (big thanks to John Gagnon for setting me straight). … A Mexican soccer team is going with THOB — that’s Twitter handle on back (from Anthony Emerson). … Jon Solomonson asks, not unreasonably, what the hell the Bomb Squad was doing at the Steelers/Pats game on Sunday. … There’s a strip mall in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, that uses the Royals’ “KC” logo. “The weird thing is, Cape is only about 110 miles south of St. Louis, so this is firmly Cardinals country,” says Mike Rengel. … Michael Stoudt says this past Sunday was the first time this season that no NFL teams wore white at home. … Everyone knew the Mets would be moving their fences in for 2012. What nobody knew was that the reconfigured fence — or at least most of it — will be blue instead of black. Good move. … Speaking of the Mets, you probably know that the Wilpons and the city have been trying to condemn and clear out the Iron Triangle — that’s the array of dilapidated auto repair shops adjacent to Shea — so they can build some sort of hotel/mall development from hell. What you might not know is that the Iron Triangle has its own Mad Max-ish soccer pitch, complete with players wearing mechanics’ uniforms. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Coupla odd purple circles on Christian Ponder’s helmet. … Lots of DC sports-themed Halloween pics here (from Jason Mott). … Good socks being worn by St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. “They didn’t have that sweet stripe pattern when I went there,” says David Arnott. … Halloween costumes: Nate Ahlberg’s kids dressed up as the Sausage Race characters, James Feeney’s fiancé’s cousin trick-or-treated as Rex Ryan, and Baylor QB Robert Griffin dressed up as Jason from Friday the 13th. … More trademark/branding developments for the Occupy movement. … Over the weekend, there was some discussion about the “3” button being worn by Pitt coach Todd Graham. According to several sources, it was to memorialize three players who played for Graham at Tulsa in 2007, all of whom died within an eight-month span. … New hoops uniforms for New Mexico (from Rob Montoya). … Sam Lam covers the 49ers for the San Francisco Examiner. “I was in the locker room on Monday when I noticed a pair of breast cancer awareness cleats in Ahmad Brooks’ locker,” he says. “They just regular cleats with the white parts of it colored in pink with a marker. I had always assumed that these cleats were actually pink, but it looks like Brooks never ordered a custom pair. He just colored it in himself.” … Someone at last night’s Rangers/Sharks game was wearing one of those bogus Winter Classic jerseys that were being sold online. “I’ve heard there are a lot of people at the Garden wearing them,” says Adrian Acosta. … Speaking of the Rangers, check this out: a wallet lined with fabric from a Rangers jersey. There’s a Notre Dame football version if you scroll down on this page (interesting find by Nolan Reagan). … Whatever else you can say about Herman Cain, he’s the first presidential candidate in memory to campaign in a hat. … Antonio Garay’s latest hairstyle: a jack-o-lantern, natch. … Dwayne Bowe was one of several Chiefs who risked fines last night by going solid red from the kneecap down.
Tomorrow: An interview I think you’ll all enjoy. A lot.