So I was really pleased when reader Danny Garrison submitted this New Orleans Crawfish logo as part of my “Redesign the Hornets” contest on ESPN. The typography isn’t great, and the accompanying uniforms aren’t so hot, but that crawfish with his claw on his hip — love it!
By Brinke Guthrie
I have 31 bobbleheads, and counting, so I’m knowledgeable about them. Some bobbleheads look like the guy they’re supposed to; others, well, not so much. The A’s gave away this Rollie Fingers bobble last month, and they nailed it, right down to the requisite white Adidas cleats.
In non-bobble finds for this week:
• Willie Mays turned 81 two days ago, so here’s his signature on a 1962 Cubs program. Great display of caps on there.
• This 1960s NFL seat cushion was found at Tex Schramm’s estate sale. You think there was some good loot there?
• Here’s a 1960s metal plaque depicting the Cleveland Browns’ “Brownie” mascot.
• I like this 1960s Gale Sayers shot for two reasons: the very prominent “Wilson” in the front, and also how the helmet sticks out on the sides.
• This 1960s Baltimore Bullets decal looks to be in great condition.
• One more from the 1960s, for PL: this WNEW football Giants sticker. [Very nice, although it's kinda odd to see the chinstrap protruding almost as far as the facemask. — PL]
• Nice set of NFL helmet goalpost kits from the 1970s.
• From reader Derek Hannen: You can practice good oral hygiene while showing your fine taste in NHL collectibles with these Hartford Whalers toothbrushes.
• From Mike Hersh: a 1970s Swedish hockey equipment catalog.
• From Raymie Humbert: a set of 16 NHL goalie pins.
• From Paul: Lots of great logos on these 1970s MLB bed sheets.
• Also from Paul: these vintage ceramic football bookends.
• And speaking of ceramics, check out these nuns playing baseball.
Candela update! Another piece of the Candela Structures puzzle has fallen into place. As you may recall, last September Kirsten and I got to visit the “missing” structure, which has spent the past 45 years serving as a summer cabin for an upstate New York family. The family patriarch told us that his father (now deceased) had purchased the structure at an auction after the 1964-65 World’s Fair. He thought he still had the original auction flyer and promised to send it to us when he found it. How he’s finally found it (click to enlarge):
At first I was puzzled by the Department of the Defense connection, since the World’s Fair had no connection to the Federal government. But this structure was used during the fair by the Coast Guard, which was part of the Defense Department at the time (it’s now under the purview of the Department of Homeland Security), so that makes sense.
I’m hoping to write an article about all this for an architecture or design magazine. More details soon-ish.
Uni Watch News Ticker: There’s a debate taking place at NYU tonight on the question of whether college football should be banned. Two of the participants — Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissenger (who’s in favor of banning it) and broadcaster and former NFLer Tim Green (who’s against banning it) — had a sort of pre-debate on the radio yesterday, which I happened to hear. Provocative stuff. The archived audio is here. … Yesterday I Ticker-linked to this shot of Kobe Bryant in a black Lakers alternate uni. The full backstory has now been provided by Mina Mikhael, who writes: “The photo is from Slam magazine and the jersey is from the Nike Rewind series, back from when Nike had the NBA contract. Basically, Nike took old designs and remixed them with new colors. They made at least three or four different series for a lot of teams, and even extended the series to warm-ups and shorts. You can see some examples here, and there’s a short article about the series here.” … Last week I wrote an ESPN piece about a guy who had written fan letters to teams 20 years ago and was selling some of the things he’d gotten in response. That prompted John J. Woods to write a piece about the stuff he got from teams during his youth. … Benjamin Page notes that Vikings draftee Matt Kalil held up a No. 67 jersey at the draft, but now he’s wearing No. 75. … New home kit for Arsenal. … “Mizzou has bought a series of billboards all over SEC footprint states to advertise their impending move to the conference,” writes Lucas Ravenscraft. “The billboards feature a picture of a Mizzou football jersey with a shiny new SEC conference logo patch sewed on the upper-right-front corner. The weird thing is that the jersey is the 2011-12 version, and we all know Mizzou just launched a huge redesign, so these billboards depict a uniform that will never actually exist in competition.” … Whoa, check out the shoes that Notre Dame football will be wearing for the game against Navy in Ireland. “Awful,” says Warren Junium. … Late-breaking eBay item: You don’t often see a corduroy team jacket, but check out this Bruins beauty. … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Michael Waltrip wore a Junior Seau memorial on his No. 55 car over the weekend. … Need MLB, NFL, or NCAA team logo decals? Look here (from Timothy Tryjankowski). … “On April 28, my son Caleb and I attended Rutgers Day,” says Adam Herbst. “As part of the celebration, they had a number of students dressed as famous alumni, including one who was dressed as a participant in the first intercollegiate football game (which Rutgers won against Princeton).” … A chicken ran onto the pitch during yesterday’s Wigan/Blackburn EPL match. “Not just an ordinary chicken,” says Joe Hollomon. “A chicken sporting some sort of scarf or flag with the Blackburn logo.” … Here’s a weird one: a Philly Eagles bat and ball (from Joshua Newman). … Yesterday I Ticker-linked to a story about 7-Up’s branding history. That reminded Sean M. Conway that he’d recently seen these old Notre Dame 7-Up bottles at an antiques shop in Minnesota. “I didn’t end up getting them because there is no way my wife is going to let me spend $12 for a couple of empty pop bottles,” he says. Sounds like grounds for divorce to me. … Actor Daniel Dae Kim of Hawaii 5-0 threw out the first pitch in Philly last night, and you can probably guess what jersey number they gave him (thanks, Brinke). … One of Brandon Inge’s former teammates on the Tigers has noticed that Inge is no longer going high-cuffed (from Mike McLaughlin). … The Ravens have announced uni number assignments for their 2012 draftees (from David Cline). … New logo and kit for Oman (from Jeremy Brahm). … Who’s that in the red helmet? None other than Russian president Vladimir Putin (from R. Scott Rogers).