As you’ve probably noticed in the left sidebar, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are running another catalog auction, which means it’s time for to highlight my favorite items. Some really great stuff this time — here we go:
• This is interesting: a Cardinals jersey that was first issued to Steve Carlton and then reissued to Stan Musial!
• Ah, Richie Allen’s Wampum jersey. A classic of its type!
• Holy moly, look at this amazing 1920s Princeton jacket!
• Here’s a very nice set of track and field medals.
• Here’s something you don’t often see in these sports auctions: a race-worn thoroughbred jockey’s helmet.
• Love the look of this ring that Jean Béliveau received for his third consecutive All-Star Game selection.
• Totally digging this Muhammad Ali training camp shirt. Simple but classic.
• And speaking of boxing attire, check out this sensational Sugar Ray Leonard cornerman’s cardigan. Hard to imagine that being worn on fight night, no? Also interesting to see that it was made by Butwin, one of the all-time great varsity jacket manufacturers.
• Take a look at the unusual NOB on this Tom Van Arsdale NBA All-Star Game jersey. There’s a lot going on there!
• Stop the presses — look at this fascinating Denver Central Bankers basketball uni set from the short-lived NBL. There’s the really interesting chest logo, the uni number split across the shoulder straps, and the killer warm-up top. Hot-cha-cha!!
• Not sure about the story behind this old basketball uni, but I sure love the color scheme, especially on the shorts.
• As you might imagine, I was a big Jerry Lucas fan (even if he did misspell his surname), so I’m totally digging this old barnstorming jersey that he used to wear.
• One of the standing rules of Auction Action is that I have to salivate over an old Harlem Globetrotters uni. This time around there are actually two ’Trotters listings to get excited about — a blue one (including what are arguably history’s most beautiful stirrups) and a white one.
• A flag-based design seems a lot more acceptable when it’s for an All-American jacket.
• A simple maxim to live by: Anything featuring the Dallas Chaparrals’ logo is completely awesome.
• We all gripe about Adidas putting its three-stripe logo on NBA gear these days, but longtime reader Ross Yoshida points out that triple-striping was appearing on Adidas’s NBA warm-up gear way back in 1981. But somehow those three stripes on the sleeve don’t seem as bad, because of the gray infill between the red stripes — makes it seem more like a five-stripe pattern, not three. If Adidas made this same design today, I think they’d just use three red stripes without the gray infill.
• Mmmmm, love this St. Louis Hawks warm-up top. Tasty!
• The interesting thing about this Broncos throwback uni is that Brian Dawkins apparently cut the feet off of his vertically striped socks and wore them as leg-warmers (presumably over tights), which is very common in the NFL these days.
Want to see more? You can access the full catalog here.
Holy Toledo: Just when you thought Pinktober was over (or, more specifically, just when you thought it had been over for three weeks), Toledo took the field last night in what was probably the most over-the-top breast cancer uni design of the season (additional photos here). It’s a little hard to see in those photos, but every pink part of the jersey and pants had little ribbon patterns against a pink background.
As many observers have noted, it’s no coincidence that Toledo waited until a nationally televised game to trot out this design. And hey, if you believe pink gear helps the fight against breast cancer, then waiting for a nationally televised game makes sense: They got greater exposure, had the chance to influence and persuade more people, and so on. Plus they had the advantage of wearing pink at a time when nobody else is wearing it, so they stood out more.
But if you think pinkwashing is more about PR and moving merch, then you’re probably right, at least according to this piece, which shows that the NFL’s Pinktober promotion is mostly about selling NFL merch. And if that’s what the pink uni is all about, then saving it for a nationally televised game doesn’t seem so laudable.
Of course, Toledo doesn’t play in the NFL. But does anyone really think the situation is significantly different in the NCAA? Right, didn’t think so.
Incidentally, those stripes on the back of the Toledo pants (which are part of the same Under Armour template used for Northwestern’s “splattered blood” uni) may seem like a newfangled thing, but that type of striping actually goes way back. I kinda like it — although not in pink.
Tick-Tock: Today’s Ticker was compiled and written by Mike Chamernik, except for ’Skins Watch, which was handled by Paul.
’Skins Watch: Here’s a 1994 Baltimore Sun article about the U. of Illinois retiring their Chief mascot and other similar issues. Key quote: “At least three major newspapers — the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Portland Oregonian, and the Salt Lake Tribune — will not print the name ‘Redskins’ in their pages.” In 1994 — surprising! Also, I’m pretty sure none of those three papers currently boycotts the ’Skins name. When did they go back to using it, and why? Hmmmm (great find by Lindsay Resnick). … Here’s a good piece addressing how Native mascots perpetuate unfair stereotypes (thanks, Phil).
Baseball News: Drake, the rapper, has an Astros tattoo. It probably has to do with the Houston rap scene, but it still means that Drake has ties to two pitiful franchises — the Astros and Raptors. … During an interview with former MLBer and current Rakuten Golden Eagle Casey McGehee on MLB Network, Chris Glover noticed some blatant Photoshoppery. “Facial hair on the Yankees? I don’t think so!” … When Jason Collins threw out the first pitch at Fenway back in June, he wore a NOB Red Sox home jersey (from Alan Borock). … “I got this in 1994, I believe,” writes Tyler Kepner. “A uni style that not only was never worn by Carlton, but never worn by the Phillies, either. A hybrid of the style Carlton wore and the P they have now. Funny.”
NFL News: The Eagles are offering swatches of turf to season ticket holders (from Mike Wissman). … Remember how the Ravens-Bears game was extremely muddy on Sunday? The Ravens’ laundry workers dealt with the aftermath (thanks, Mike Strittmatter). … Nike is paying homage to Calvin Johnson with Megatron-inspired shoes and cleats (from Andrew Cosentino).
College Football News: NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch suffered a jersey tear last night against Toledo (from Coleman Mullins). … NCAA.com has ranked the five most iconic college football uniforms. … Appalachian State will wear “Always Attack” NOBs against WCU. I guess other weeks they only attack, you know, sometimes (thanks, Phil). … Cork Gaines notes that it’s been five years since both Ohio State and Michigan have worn their traditional uniforms in their annual matchup. He compiled a slideshow of how the schools have used their meeting to showcase uniform quirks in recent years. … William Yurasko notes that the Penn State football team used to employ military imagery in its marketing back in the 1980s, drawing upon the classic Iwo Jima photo and the Marines. … Texas State will wear purple-maroon helmets this Saturday (from Derek De La Cruz). … “I’m still calling it Peden and I’m still calling it The Convo,” says Johnny Bruno. … Arizona State will wear all white this Saturday against UCLA. … Virginia Tech will auction off their Hokie Stone helmets and gray jerseys (from Andrew Cosentino). … Jason German is a Uni Watch reader and catcher on the Ashford University baseball team. “Yes, most of my teammates and I will be wearing stirrups this spring,” he says. Atta boy! Jason found a poster from this summer on Colgate Athletic’s Twitter feed that has a backwards Colgate helmet.
Hockey News: A graphic designer created minimalist logos for all 30 NHL teams. … The Devils will wear green breezers for their outdoor game against the Rangers in January (from Phil). … The Reading Royals will wear ugly Christmas sweater jerseys on December 14 (from Mario Carr). … Charles Noerenberg has a few hockey items: In October, Bruins hall of famer Milt Schmidt dropped the puck wearing a sweater from his era, but with the current Bruins 90th anniversary patch; more players are wearing face guards than in previous years, including Corey Tropp, Jonas Brodin, and Vincent Lecavalier; and the Blackhawks have an ad campaign with fans wearing their favorite players’ sweaters, which “makes me feel slightly less silly for owning jerseys myself,” Charles says. “My only beef with the spot is that it features several knockoffs, which don’t need encouraging.”
Soccer News: New World Cup kit for France. “This proves that the monochrome thing on all the Adidas kits was just an Adidas gimmick, not a FIFA requirement,” says Simon Harrow. … Millwall will wear all white this Saturday for prostate cancer awareness (from Yusuke Toyoda). … Sporting KC has a really sharp argyle kit.
NBA News: Does anyone know what company Paul George has a shoe deal with? I don’t know, I think it might be Puma or something (from Chris Perrenot). … More (vague) details emerge about the potential Trail Blazers uniform change in 2015-16. In addition to what might be a more retro uniform set, the team will change its court design, too.
College Hoops News: BYU hosted Iowa State last night, and Matt Dowell was struck by how white the court was. “It is a damn bright court — blindingly bright. Can’t figure out if the court is just that bright, or if the lighting is contributing to the effect.” … Don Schauf attended the DePaul vs. UW-Milwaukee game on Monday night, and he was flummoxed by the Blue Demons’ blue-on-blue numbering and lettering. “It was especially maddening from the back, with their sweatbacks making the numbers completely invisible for those of us in the stands,” Don says. “While the school name and players numbers/names were hidden from the crowd with this uniform design, the bright white Nike swoosh was clearly visible even from our seats in the 300 level of the US Cellular Arena.” As a DePaul grad, I have a fantastic solution for this: Go to DePaul home games. Numbers are easy to see on the home whites, and plenty of close seats are always available.
Grab Bag: Louisiana Tech’s softball team will wear camo uniforms for a few games this season (from Josh McDaniel). … There’s such thing as a smart basketball. The ball has sensors which tracks the arcs of your shots and the number of dribbles you take (from Hungry Hungry Hipster). … New York subway operators are required to lean out their window and point at a small black-and-white sign on the platform at every stop. A few riders noticed this and had some good-natured fun with the pointing conductors (thanks, Brinke). … Also from Brinke: Coca-Cola is letting users create their own Christmas sweaters, and there’s a website that calls out logo plagiarism. … Gordon Blau spotted an unfortunate popup ad on a colorization page. Oh, the humanity!