Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, as I did. In between bites of turkey and stuffing, my brother informed me that he’s become a soccer fan, which was a bit of a stunner. This may end up changing our family dynamic for years to come.
Meanwhile: I’ve fallen behind on recent auction items (most of them recommended by the increasingly indispensable Mike Hersh). So today’s entry, covering items from the recently completed Legendary Auctions catalog and the current Leland’s catalog, is a bit longer than usual. Let’s get started:
• Here’s an interesting women’s chest protector, complete with breast pads.
• It’s not often that you see 1920s baseball equipment ads in color.
• Oh baby, look at these awesome little die-cut baseball figurines from 1888!
• Interesting to see that George Halas’s sporting goods company was supplying uniforms to the Cubs.
• Here’s a weird one: a set of baseball cards featuring injuries. Sort of Charles Addams-esque.
• Love the little illustrations along the top and bottom of this bubble gum wrapper.
• If you like the old bib-style jerseys from the 1800s, you’ll never find a nicer specimen than this one.
• If you click on the second and fourth photos of Jim Marshall’s Pro Bowl helmet, you can see the ghosted outlines of his Vikings horns.
• There’s something amusing about Mickey Mantle serving as the pitchman for a guide to healthy living. As a bonus, the “Glad You’re an American?” page provides some very amusing propaganda.
• You can never have too many satin Dodgers uniforms.
• For that matter, you can never have too many satin Dodgers Japanese robes!
• We’ve seen all sorts of cold-weather dugout garments over the years, but I’ve never seen anything like this full-length Dodgers overcoat.
• If Red Sox pitchers can’t drink beer during ballgames anymore, maybe they can sneak a bottle of this stuff into their jackets.
• Harlem Globetrotters jerseys are usually blue, so I snapped to attention when I saw this white one. And look at those amazing stirrups! Magnificent.
• Wilt Chamberlain supposedly didn’t like the nickname Wilt the Stilt, but that didn’t stop him from calling his record label Stilt Records.
• Not sure I’ve ever seen old football friction strips in this pattern before. Very nice.
Black Friday Surprise: The Indians have just announced some alterations to their home and navy alternate jerseys. The new navy strikes me as a significant upgrade (I hated all that white space). As for the home, I definitely like the elimination of the outlining on the script. I’m a little disappointed in the loss of the headspoon, but it’s not a major tragedy. Overall: Good.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I think Niners receiver Michael Crabtree has officially set the record for the most ridiculous pants/socks combo. … New mascot in the works for Syracuse (from Sean Keeley). … UCLA will be wearing solid-white uniforms — including white helmets — for Saturday night’s game against USC. … The Polish eagle has been returned to the country’s soccer jersey (from Bill Radocy). … Here’s a good view of the design evolution of the UGA bulldog — complete with logo creep in the most recent iteration. … Gazoo update: A little birdie tells me Rawlings may unveil a new version of the S100 helmet at MLB’s winter meetings. … Andrew McKillop found some shots of Joe Theismann and an Redskins lineman wearing red shoes in 1977. … Click on the thumbnail to see this awesome ABA serving tray (big thanks to Bruce Menard). … Xmas-themed jerseys for the Wilkes-Barre Pens (thanks, RyCo). … Some serious striping being worn by Oswego hockey. The sock stripes are particularly interesting — you don’t usually see hockey stripes going up over the knee like that. I like! (From Steve Haryan.) … Mike Hersh recently acquired a 1970 Cooper hockey catalog with some sensational helmet and mask listings. … The Rangers will finally unveil their Winter Classic jersey on Monday. … There are Flyers fans, and then there’s an actual Flyers fan, as seen in the background here (good spot by Marc Malfara). … Remember those Radford basketball jerseys with the big “RU” mistakenly placed above the NOB? They’ve “solved” that problem by covering up the offending letters with the biggest American flag patch ever to appear on a uniform (big thanks to Michael Kinney and Chad Back). … In case you were lucky enough to miss it on Wednesday night, the Islanders’ alternate uni design made its on-ice debut, and it looked even worse than you probably expected. … Honestly, why doesn’t everyone wear striped socks already? … Matt Wilson was watching the 1988 Ohio State/Michigan game and noticed Leroy Hoard wearing some sort of plastic attachment on his facemask. … Shorpy scores again.