As you’ve probably noticed via the ad in the left sidebar, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have issued another catalog’s worth of goodies. Here are some item from their latest auction to catch my eye:
• How’s this for a rarity: a Bert Campaneris nickNOB jersey.
• Holy moly, click through the photos to see the embroidered bear on this 1934 Cubs jersey.
• Back when most MLB teams were still wearing green or gray underbrims on their caps, Orel Hershiser always requested a black undervisor, because he said it helped him focus more when he looked in on home plate. Sure enough, here’s one of his caps from the 2000 season, with a black undervisor.
• Absolutely love this 1958 U.S./Japan goodwill baseball tour patch. Amazingly, they managed to get 49 stars on the American flag, which was the number of states back then. (Hawaii didn’t achieve statehood until 1959.)
• Mr. Met never looked better than on these 1969 NLCS and World Series tickets.
• Always fun to see one of the Denver Bears’ old strike zone uniforms.
• Check this out: The Say Hey Kid used to have a photo of himself, in full uniform, on his checks. (As a side note, that check was made out to Bob Mandt, a Mets exec who had been with the team since day one and was a real character. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about a dozen years ago. He passed away in 2010, taking with him probably the single greatest mental storehouse of Mets knowledge on the planet.)
• I’m always a sucker for Harlem Globetrotters items. This time around it’s this killer 1950s shooting shirt.
• Even if you’re not a Kentucky basketball fan, you have to like this sensational 1960 team jacket.
• How cool is this 1951-52 Minneapolis Lakers season ticket stub?! (Answer: Very, very cool.)
• Some logos lend themselves particularly well to cufflinks, as in the case of these 1960s Cincinnati Royals cufflinks.
• And as long as we’re talking sports jewelry, check out these basketball and baseball charms. I especially like the old-style stitching on the basketball charms.
• Some very nice chain-stitching on the front and back of this Denver Nuggets warm-up jacket.
• A captaincy designation and a subscript NOB, both on this Tiny Archibald jersey.
• And here’s a good one to go out on: Look at this sensational Chicago Bears flag.
Want to see more? You can scroll through the entire auction catalog here.
By Brinke Guthrie
NFL players have to wear specific shoe brands on the field, but we all know it didn’t used to be that way. I don’t think either Nike or Under Armour could cook up this shoe, for example. Reader Rocky Lum submitted that one.
As for the rest of this week’s finds:
• As far as I know, there just aren’t many (if any) NFL posters marketed anymore. Remember the great graphics from — say it with me — back in the day? I’m betting that’s Mike Curtis. The seller of that poster, BTW, has several other posters of the era available.
• Here we have a nice set of 1970s NFC and AFC magnetic helmet standings boards.
• One more from that same period: I’d swear I’ve seen these NFL playing card graphics on other products of the era.
• Last week, we included a listing for a 1960s pro football game from Marx. Here’s a good-looking one from Ideal.
• Skyline Chili dominates Cincinnati, but there’s Gold Star Chili too, and Pete Rose loves it. Well, he loved it back in the 1970s, at least judging from this glass.
• Here’s this week’s NFL Chiquita sticker alert!
• Yes, Virginia, the Oakland A’s owned MLB in the early to mid-1970s — and here’s the mascot to prove it. (My wife had one of these.)
Uni Watch News Ticker: Panthers QB Cam Newton didn’t have the American flag decal on his helmet last night. Not sure if he had it last week, but he definitely had it the week before that (from Matt Warmuth). … College football news from Saturday that we all missed: Houston players all wore “Hayden” NOBs, as a tribute to a teammate who suffered a serious injury earlier this month. Details here (from Paul Kennedy). … Mark Fightmaster notes that Andy Dalton and Rey Maualuga of the Bengals were wearing captaincy patches for Sunday’s game against the Raiders — something they hadn’t been wearing in recent weeks. “Is it possible that this was more than just a mid-season addition?” asks Mark. “Remember, the Bengals were playing the Carson Palmer-led Raiders. Dalton replaced Palmer; Rey played at USC, as did Palmer. Ridiculous conspiracy theory? Perhaps. You decide.” … Here’s an article about the game-day locker rooms for the Grey Cup (from Roch Smith). … Good catch by Keith Winney, who noticed that NBA ref Mark Ayotte had a different (or maybe just non-bold) uni number font than that of his colleagues at a recent Suns game. … Even a confirmed Cowboys-hater like me has to like these striped Cowboys socks, from the team’s early-’90s days. “If memory serves, I spent 50 bucks for both pair about five years ago,” says Seth Jones. “Not cheap, but well worth it to me.” Why can’t the Cowboys — and other NFL teams — wear something like this today? … Here’s something I don’t recall having seen before: Dan Dierdorf wore his uni number on his nose bumper. Did other Cardinals do this back in the day? (Good spot by Bill Kellick.) … Here’s a weird one: At Saturday’s Cornell/Michigan hockey game at Madison Sq. Garden (yes, they played in NYC), Cornell went G.I. Joe — but only for the second period. They wore their usual white jersey for the first and third periods. Odd. … The Mascot for the 2014 World Cup has been given a name (from Matthew Dever ). … Aussie football news from Leo Strawn, who reports that the Adelaide Crows have a new clash jumper. … Jeff Mayer notes that the ESPN used the “Columbus Stripe” — the stripe pattern used on Ohio State’s helmets last Saturday — for its split-screen divider. “The same stripe used when split-screening Michigan, so there was definitely a home-stripe advantage,” says Jeff. … AHL jerseys currently carry the Reebok wordmark. But Garrett Heller spotted two Abbotsford Heat players wearing the old vector logo on Sunday night. … New screen shots from MLB 13 The Show depict Miguel Cabrera with the wrong belt loops and a straight NOB (from Marc Bauche). … New logo for the Aberdeen IronBirds (from Dawn Murphy). … “I went to a Tony LaRussa book signing tonight and got to meet him,” writes Chelsea Madden. “The lady in front of me was going on about her new Cardinals tattoo, her dogs, etc. And when she walked away, Tony said to me/himself/no one, “What was that jersey she was wearing?” I said it looked like the new Saturday alternate jersey. He asked what that was. I was a little surprised he asked that, then realized he probably isn’t all up in Cardinals news now. I explained that they’d come up with a Saturday throwback, and he said something about how it was just another way to make money. And I guess it’s worked so far, because that lady bought one.” … Look at these photos of George Martin and Mark Bavaro from Super Bowl XXI — one with sewn tackle twill numbers and one with screen-printed numbers (from Rich Friedman). … This is very strange: In the game when Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points, one of the Pistons players appears to have been wearing his warm-up attire on the court. Anyone know more about this? (From Josh Hansen.)