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Yesterday I Ticker-linked to a screen shot indicating that the Mets had added uni numbers to the back of their batting helmets this year. As you can see in the images above, that is indeed the case. The interesting thing, as you can also see, is that each number is combined with the MLB logo on a single decal. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that decal format on an MLB helmet before.
The numbers will replace the Dymo tape nameplates that the Mets have worn on their helmet brims for many years. Those will no longer be used. (Judging from the bottom photo, however, it appears that they’re still using the raised helmet squatchees.)
All of this comes from Pro Helmet Decals honcho David Sulecki — the same guy who makes all the bat knob decals — who says the idea of combining the numbers with the MLB logo onto one decal came from Mets equipment manager Kevin Kierst. It’ll be interesting to see if any other teams go with this format.
Meanwhile, Sulecki also has lots of news regarding bat knobs. One at a time:
• The latest MLB team to go with the knob decals is the Blue Jays:
• The Dodgers requested decals for all of their minor league coaches’ fungo bats (click to enlarge):
• A bunch of college teams have also adopted the bat knob designs (if the slideshow below doesn’t work, or if you’re on a mobile device that doesn’t support Flash, click here):
The interesting thing about those college designs is that the one for Memphis is oval, not round. “That’s because they use the Baden Axe bat team-wide, so we had to cut the decals to fit on the knob,” says Sulecki.
• “I was contacted by a couple of minor leaguers — Christian Colon in the Royals organization and Nick Ramirez with the Brewers — about doing bat knob decals for them,” says Sulecki. “As minor leaguers, they can be moved around and have their numbers changed, so they preferred to use their initials or name for the most part, rather than numbers.” Colon and Ramirez then told a bunch of their fellow minor leaguers, and Sulecki ended up doing a bunch of these personalized knob decals for them (if the slideshow doesn’t work, click here):
Finally, there’s one more decal-related news item, but this one has nothing to do with Sulecki: Reader Marc Bauche sent me this photo of Blue Jays helmets with front numbers in a very unusual spot. Note that those are all double-flapped helmets, so I’m assuming they’re all for minor leaguers. Still, it looks very odd, no?
By Brinke Guthrie
We get a varying amount of reader submissions to Collector’s Corner. A lot of the times, the auction is almost done and won’t be live when the next CC column rolls around, or it’s already expired. Which then brings us to the subject of our Most Prolific Sender-Inner.
Michael Clary gets up in the morning, goes straight to his computer, and starts pounding away on eBay. How else could he generate the massive number of auction submissions he sends in? This time around, he tipped us off to a 3-D Bengals helmet pin. And this Super Bowl II pennant. And this Kansas City Chiefs blazer. And finally, Michael discovered this eBay seller who sells football helmets with baseball logos. You can see the Mets, Giants, White Sox, and Yankees, among others. The same seller also offers NFL helmet prototypes and helmets with the original team colors.
All that is from Michael Clary. PL, this dude deserves a Uni Watch Profiles showcase.
Now on to other CC matters:
• Take a look at this really nice 1980s Astros tequila sunrise jacket. Got that Sand-Knit vibe.
• We’ve got a 1970s NBA mini-gumball kit, and it looks to be in great condition.
• Nothing new this week on those great NHL poster designs we’ve recently seen. But here’s a Stan Mikita promo poster for Northland sticks, and a Finnish Guy LeFleur Koho poster also from the same era.
• Can’t beat these mid-1970s NFL Media Books.
This auction is for a 1970s NFL logo poster, but the logos in question look more like 1960s to me.
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday’s MLS unveilings were for the Philadelphia Union (additional info here) and Toronto FC. … Some sensational late-1920s women’s softball footage — including a great jersey with a script “Clerical” insignia — toward the end of this video clip (from Robin Edgerton). … Football-style batting gloves, with the composite team logo on the palms, have made it to MLB — ugh (from Jay Sullivan). … The U.S. Postal Service won’t be selling apparel after all. … Here’s an interesting diagram showing how a Lafayette football locker should be arranged (Jay Sullivan again). … Alex Hider wrote a piece about player tattoos on the Ohio University basketball team. … Tail Wags Dog Dept.: A small note in this article indicates that Nike would like Darrelle Revis to stay with the Jets. If you can figure out why that should have even the slightest relevance, you’re way ahead of me (thanks, Brinke). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Here’s a good video clip showing a tour of the Majestic factory. … The Pope will continue to wear white after he retires in a few days. … This is pretty funny: Mike Woodson wearing a Mike Woodson shirt. “I’m surprised Rickey Henderson never thought of it,” says David Teigland. … The Clemson baseball team has a separate cap design that’s only worn when the team is going for a series sweep. The opposing team must love that (from Cory LeFevre). … Ottawa’s first pro basketball team will be called the Tomahawks. “If you go to the poll at the bottom of this page, you’ll see that a lot of people think it’s a pretty racist choice,” says Adam Sadinsky). … In a related item, Ottawa’s new NASL team will be called Ottawa Fury FC (from Matt Walthert). … Dartmouth lacrosse has added a “PS” helmet decal for former assistant coach Paul Schimoler, who recently died of cancer. “The letters are in red on a black background, which is a nod to Schimoler’s All-American career as a goaltender at Cornell,” says Tris Wykes. … There’s a blog devoted to superimposing the Nike swoosh onto fine art images (from Jon Grossman). … Super Rugby matches played in New Zealand will feature refs wearing pink (from Eric Bangeman). … Gumball helmet maven Bill Jones checked in with a status report on the state of the hobby: “For 2012 alone, there were over 200 new and/or revised helmets introduced. For 2013, we are already seeing new helmets as part of recruiting. I find this interesting from the standpoint of the impact on the collector and the DIYer, as it’s becoming difficult to keep up not only with the volume, but also with the technology — carbon fiber, chrome, sublimation, etc. are making it very difficult to maintain the hobby.” … Bill also shared some info on a new project he’s working on: “I have been working with three other fans/historians of the old World Football League (1974-75). With the 40th anniversary of the founding of the league upcoming in 2014, we have decided to develop a set of classic-looking football cards for this once-promising league. We have selected the players, designed the cards, hired the printer, and recently opened a temporary web site for this project. Our hope is to sell the cards in the coming year and then develop a set for the 1975 season, ready in time for 2015.” … Happy birthday to longtime reader, ace uni designer, and all-around swell guy Todd Radom, who turns 49 today. See you soon for our annual springtime get-together, buddy!