That NFL style guide that I wrote about last week is just one of several excellent items I’ve recently scored on eBay. Another is the wool jersey you see above, which I believe is from the 1960s (you can click on it, and on all the other images in today’s entry, to see a larger version). I really, really like it — somehow the diagonal script and the plain horizontal lettering work well together for me. And only 40 bucks! Here’s the rear view:
One small detail I really like is that the local sporting goods supplier’s tag has the same black/gold color scheme as the jersey:
The tagging also provides a clue as to Donnelly Electric’s location. If you google “Donnelly Electric Twin Cities,” you end up with this. If you click on “Street View,” you’ll see that their current logo isn’t nearly as nice as the one on the jersey. Too bad.
Another recent eBay find was this excellent 1954 Oliver Brothers baseball uniform swatch folder:
“Schollerized” — never seen that one before! The seller was actually selling two of these as one auction lot (the other one is from 1953), so Mike Hersh and I agreed to split the price and each take one of the folders. Our winning bid: a mere $38. A few days ago I visited Mike at his office to give him his swatch folder, and while I was there he showed me a bunch of early photos of himself, which I’ll be featuring on the site shortly — maybe as soon as tomorrow. Stay tuned.
And some lobster ribs on the side: Yesterday’s New York Times food section brought news of a meat phenomenon I hadn’t previously been aware of: pig “wings” (further info on them here). This gustatory trend has not yet hit NYC, which puts me in the unfamiliar position of being way behind the carnivorism curve.
I assume some of you out there have sampled this menu item by now. Is it a revelation? Is it total bullshit? Is it, as I suspect, somewhere in between? Do tell.
Yesterday, in keeping with longstanding tradition, I dug around in a cupboard until I found the plastic mistletoe that I bought for $2.99 at Woolworth’s in 1993. Then I grabbed the stepladder and hung the faux ’toe in its appointed spot, thereby marking the official start of the holiday make-out season. Let the Yuletide necking commence!
All of which is just an excuse for me to run down the usual slop about the holidays, blah-blah-blah:
• If you want to buy someone a Uni Watch membership as a gift, full details on how to do that are available here.
• From now through the end of the year, if you order two sheets of stickers based on your membership card design (that costs $26), you’ll also get a free sheet of Uni Watch logo stickers (a mix of all three colors). Instrux for ordering stickers can be found here.
• Speaking of the Uni Watch logo stickers, my recent offer still stands: If you want three of these stickers (one of each color), send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Paul Lukas, 671 DeGraw St., Brooklyn, NY 11217. If you want to enclose a coupla bucks or a barter offering, that’d be nice, although it isn’t required. And my easily confused post office would prefer that you please send things to Paul Lukas, not to Uni Watch, okay? Okay.
• I’m still taking submissions and suggestions for my annual Uni Watch Holiday Gift Guide column, which will run next week on ESPN. If you have any tips, send them here. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here are the uniforms for the volunteer staff at the London Olympics (from Jeremy Brahm). … Pity the poor spotter, or anyone else, who had to decipher Arlington Bowie’s uni numbers (from Chris Mycoskie). … When Bobby Valentine showed up at Fenway for his job interview, he had a little Pedro porthole action on his shirt (good spot by Ben Marciniak). … New uniforms for the minor league Bluefield Blue Jays (from Matt Lindner). … “The British Library has opened a digital database of over three million pages of newspapers dating back to the 1700s,” reports Ben Fortney. “Unfortunately, it requires a subscription, but it could be gold for historians and uni sleuths alike. A quick search for ‘Arsenal Football Club’ brought up hits from as far back as 1890, and there were definitely illustrations and pictures included in the previews. Good stuff, even if it’ll cost a shiny shilling.” … Latest college basketball team to go gray: Purdue. … We’ve seen what the Rangers’ Winter Classic jersey looks like, but what about the rest of the uniform? The answer appears to lie in this bobblehead (big thanks to Adrian Acosta). … Yesterday’s Ticker mentioned how the Pac-12 logo on Oregon’s field will be a different color for Friday night’s game. Here’s a photo of the new logo (from Shaun Tunick). … Longhorns news from Matt Mitchell, who writes: “Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who normally wears No. 84, will wear Fozzy Whittaker’s No. 2 jersey this week. Whittaker suffered a season-ending knee injury at Missouri on Nov. 12. Safety Kenny Vaccaro, who normally wears No. 4, wore Whittaker’s number last week at Texas A&M.” … Small note on Miami football’s Facebook page suggests that the Hurricanes’ green jerseys will be retired after this season (from Bryant Grosso). … Tim E. O’Brien has written a post about the ubiquity of the maple leaf in Canadian teams’ uni designs. … Also from Tim: “Last year I told you about the authentic Bears throwback socks I was able to purchase at a local sports paraphernalia store, and you mentioned them in your Christmas gift guide column on ESPN. Those same socks are now available on the Bears’ web site — in the women’s department (most of the way down the page). As a proud owner of these socks, I’m kind of upset at the gender roles being implied by this. Real men wear high socks.” I’m a proud owner of these socks myself, but maybe the Bears were just taking a cue from the photo I linked to in that gift guide column last year. … Speaking of socks, I recently got myself a pair of these. The stripes at the top are a nice bonus. … Another state with a new license plate design: Mississippi (from Michael Martin). … I wish Steve Jobs were still alive, because I’d love to hear what he’d have to say about Siri’s very selective ignorance. … Deron Williams played 15 games in Turkey during the NBA lockout — enough for his number to be retired. … Whatever you think of the Marlins’ new uniforms, I hope we can all agree that their new mascot needs a bit of work (from Nick Phillips). … UGA players apparently didn’t like their Amateur Pacifist uniforms (from C. Trent Rosencrans). … DC United’s Facebook page now features a retrospective of the team’s uniform history (from Geoff Holm). … The Reds are getting a new mascot. “That’s in addition to the three they already have — Gapper, Mr. Redlegs, and Rosie Red,” says Gabriel DeBiasi. “This will make them the team with the most official mascots.” … Last week I Ticker-linked to Wisconsin’s new retro-ish hockey jerseys. Two additional details on that design: The inner shirttail lists the Badgers’ championship seasons, and the inner collar has a quote from Badger legend Bob Johnson (big thanks to Nicole Haase). … Purdue Pete’s sidekick: gone but not forgotten (from Kurt Esposito). … Good article on the seven occasions in the past 30 years when Hull City has had to borrow another team’s kit (from Les Motherby). … The Montreal Impact — a new MLS team — will unveil their inaugural uniform tonight. “I for one cannot wait!” says Andrew Mocella. … Patrick Sharon was checking out the online listing for this estate sale in Michigan and noticed a major prize lurking amidst all the photos: a serious collection of NFL helmet plaques. That sound you just heard was Brinke Guthrie booking a flight to Michigan.