You probably recognize the card shown above — it’s the famous Honus Wagner T206 card, the rarest and most valuable baseball card ever made. Only about three dozen are known to exist.
I recently found myself in the same room with one of those three dozen cards. It was just a few inches away from me; I could have touched it if I’d wanted. And where did this happen? About the last place you’d expect. Enjoy. — Paul
Question Time: It’s been a few months since our last installment of Question Time (you can see the previous four installments here), so I’m opening up the floor to a new round of questions. You know the drill: You can submit one question — and only one — on any subject, uni-related or not. Personal questions are fine, although I reserve the right to not answer questions that are too personal. (For the record, this has only happened a twice so far.) Send your question — remember, only one — here.
Radio appearance: I’ll be talking uniforms today, from about 1:30-1:45pm Eastern, on 810 WHB in Kansas City. You can stream the live audio here.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Following up on yesterday’s entry about MLB going G.I. Joe for Memorial Day: It had already been announced back in March that all of MLB’s proceeds from the camo cap sales would go to Welcome Back Veterans. But when those camo jerseys started showing up at the MLB Online Shop yesterday, there was no indication that the jersey revenue would go to charity, so many people assumed, not unreasonably, that MLB was simply pocketing the jersey cash. An MLB spokesman now tells me that “100% of MLB’s proceeds” from the jersey sales will go to Welcome Back Veterans. I’ve suggested that they might want to make that clearer at the MLB Online Shop, so people don’t get the wrong idea. In any case, they can sell all the camo crap they want and donate all the money they want, but I remain opposed to the use of camo on the diamond, for reasons I’ve already spelled out many times. … Giants and Nats wore red ribbons last night. At first I thought it was for the twister victims in Oklahoma, but it turns out it had nothing to do with that. … The NFL has struck a deal that will lead to laminated play-calling sheets being replaced by Microsoft’s electronic tablets. Teams can also use iPads, but only if they cover the Apple logo. Douchebags. … Two hockey-related notes from Dane Drutis: (1) As Sweden was sealing their victory in the gold medal game on Sunday in the IIHF World Championship, players were given gold helmets for the post-game celebration. (2) During the 2013 Memorial Cup tournament taking place this week in Saskatoon, the captain of the Halifax Mooseheads will be determined based on which color jerseys the team is wearing: Trey Lewis is captain when they wear red, while Stefan Fournier has the C on the white jerseys. … New kit for FC Barcelona (from Danny Garrison). … It’s a little hard to see, but the weighted bat cuff in the Blue Jays’ on deck circle has the Jays logo and the MLB logo (from Mike O’Connor). … Here’s a pretty cool visual guide to all the cars and drivers in this Sunday’s Indy 500 (from Clark Ruhland). … New alternate football jerseys for Penn (from Evan Smith). … Here’s a video of the Rams’ rookies getting their gear (from Marcus Clowers). … Mike Kearney was at a flea market over the weekend and spotted this cool NFL mini-helmet display. … Everyone knows that Super Bowl LI should take place on Long Island (with the pregame party at LI Phil’s house), but nope. … Here’s a fun Stanley Cup infographic (From Anthony Nuccio). … The excellent Frozen Faceoff site now has a new spin-off site devoted to full-rink graphics, including ads on the sideboards. “I plan to continue this next season, and will also add some historic ices,” says site honcho David Crabtree. “This is a much slower process, as it take so much longer to research all of the ads that go into the graphics, but I think the end result is worth it.” … Pakistan, in the midst of a brutal heat wave, has issued a new dress code for civil servants, who can now go without socks (from Tom Mulgrew). … Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco talks about the team’s recent high-cuffed game in the fifth and sixth grafs of this post on his blog (thanks, Brinke). … UNC and FSU baseball went color-on-color on Monday, plus UNC went G.I. Joe. ” It’s better than most of the crap camo unis out there but still pretty bad,” says J. Fletcher. … Nike and Oregon, in their never-ending attempt to redefine stupid, have come out with — wait for it — pregame baseball shoes. I eagerly await the postgame version (from Matt Busch). … Jeremy Brahm notes that the logo for the Indian Volleyball League, which was founded in 2011, is basically a straight rip of the original FIVB World League logo. … The A’s are planning to give away a T-shirt that will apparently have a vertically arched NOB, even though the A’s have never use that style, and nobody in the bigs currently uses it (from Shaun T). … Big thanks to those of you who expressed concern regarding my job status after hearing about yesterday’s unpleasantness. Don’t worry, people — I’m fine, at least for now.