As you’ve probably gathered from the ad in the left sidebar, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have another catalog auction taking place. This one’s a bit smaller than many of their previous auctions, but there’s still plenty of good stuff. Let’s take a look:
• Ah, the old Buffalo Braves uni. You’re probably familiar with the front design, but look at that back design with the off-center number! Imagine if they’d had NOBs — would the name have been centered over the number, or just centered on the jersey as usual?
• This has to be one of the most unusual award rings I’ve ever seen.
• Speaking of rings: We all know the ABA’s tri-colored ball was featured in just about every ABA team logo, but did you know it was also incorporated into championship ring designs? (Here’s the full auction listing for that one.)
• Did you know that the World Series MVP award is officially called the Babe Ruth Award? I didn’t. At first I couldn’t figure out why the award plaque features a fountain pen, but then I realized it’s because the award is given by the BBWA.
• Let’s say you were assigned to come up with a logo for the Fresh Meadow Golf Club. What would you come up with? Whatever your solution might be, I’m fairly certain it wouldn’t be this. That’s Babe Ruth’s scorecard, incidentally (full listing).
Want to see more? Here’s the full auction catalog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: The President isn’t the only one in Washington who gets presented with commemorative jerseys. Here’s Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, being presented with an Army hockey jersey by U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. David Huntoon (from Ryan Yanoshak). … The Corporate States of America, Chapter 673: Virginia’s governor, making an early run at Douchebag of the Year honors, wants to raise revenue by selling naming rights to the state’s highways and bridges. … Tuesday’s post about Ryan Connelly painting a Penguins logo on a friend’s wall prompted the following note from Seth Scheving: ” I grew up in Grand Forks, N.D., and was surrounded by North Dakota Fighting Sioux fans. As a painting major, I was often asked to do Sioux-related projects for friends, including painting a Sioux logo on a friend’s wall in 2009. It ended up being about five feet high, top to bottom.” … In a related item, John Korinek’s brother used digital projector to paint various Detroit team logos directly onto his basement walls, as you can see in this video clip. … Hey, in light of all those Nike schools essentially wearing the same uniform template, remember Converse’s old “roadkill tread” template? I didn’t, until Cody Kennedy brought it to my attention, because I watched almost no college basketball in the 1990s. “I was on a Converse AAU team (we weren’t very good),” says Cody, “and after Converse signed Dennis Rodman to a sponsorship deal, our AAU team promoted his line by wearing velvet shorts with that pattern.” … Tim Donovan was watching a 1986 commercial for Slice soda and noticed lots of MLB players wearing reasonably close replicas of their uniforms at the time. You can watch the full commercial here. … New soccer kits for Real Salt Lake and Orlando City of USL Pro (both from Kenn Tomasch). … This space for sale — literally. That’s Canadian luger Alex Gough, in a shot from 2009. She now has a sponsor for that spot (from Jon Reynolds). … Designer Saul Bass did a makeover of the Bell Telephone System’s identity in the late 1960s. Instead of pitching his design proposal in printed form, he made a 27-minute film, about five minutes of which extols the virtues of stripes. If you stick with it for a few minutes, you’ll get to the part where he talks about new uniforms for the company’s staff (great stuff from Sam Pearlstein). … Ah yes, ’tis the season for giant NFL-themed soda displays (photo by Tony Orndoff). … New cleats for UNC baseball (from James Gilbert). … New “think pink” jersey for Creighton hoops, to be worn against Bradley tomorrow (from David Westfall). … Here’s an illustrated timeline of Topps baseball card wrappers, from 1951-2011 (from Dan Cichalski).