As I look back on 2013, I’ve had a good year. Not a great year, not an ideal year, but a solidly good year. And much of that has been because of the submissions, support, and engagement of Uni Watch readers. So today it’s time for a Uni Watch tradition: our annual reader appreciation raffle, in which I give something back to all of you who help make Uni Watch such a special project (or, if you prefer to be more cynical, in which I clear out all the swag that’s accumulated over the past year).
As in past years, some of you may recognize a few of these items as gifts that you thoughtfully sent me over the past 12 months. I realize regifting may seem tacky, but sometimes I have duplicates on certain things, or I don’t have room for everything, or something is too big or too small for me to wear, or I’ve gotten some enjoyment out of an item and am now ready to let someone else enjoy it. No offense intended, and I hope none taken. Thanks for understanding.
Okay, here’s what’s available this year. Some of the items have a little bit of cat hair on them, because Uni Watch girl mascot/pest Caitlin climbed into the bag where I was keeping all the raffle prizes. (Don’t worry, she didn’t leave anything else behind besides fur.) I’ve done my best to remove the cat hair, but you may want to have a lint roll handy. For shirts, jerseys, and the like, all sizes listed are as tagged; all measurements listed, which are more important than the tagged sizes, are the pit-to-pit measurement followed by the length from the back collar to the shirttail. Here we go:
1. A free Uni Watch membership card with your choice of design.
2. Any non-autographed college football helmet from the vast Gridiron Memories inventory. (Note that multiple designs are available for most schools.)
3. An unopened tin of Farkas Eye Black.
4. and 5. Two packs of 2010 Cincinnati Reds baseball cards, sponsored by Kahn’s Hot Dogs. Twenty-seven cards per pack, plus a now-expired 75¢ Kahn’s coupon. Please note that each pack is a separate prize.
6. Any pair of throwback college basketball shorts from Retro College Cuts.
8. An Akron Aeros patch.
11. A Boston Red Sox 1912 World Series patch. Design source is uncertain, but the Red Sox never wore this patch.
12. An Atlanta Braves staff softball team T-shirt/jersey. Color is maroon. “Beast” stands for “Braves employees annual softball tournament.” S, 18″, 24″, 100% cotton.
14. A leather business card holder with baseball stitching.
15. A 1995-96 Manchester United merch catalog. 24 pages.
16. A Newcastle United merch catalog. Date uncertain. 36 pages.
17. A 1998-99 Ajax soccer merch catalog. 28 pages.
18. Another Newcastle United merch catalog. Date uncertain. 8 pages.
19. A 1998 Soccer Madness merch catalog. 84 pages.
20. A 1998 Arsenal merch catalog. 32 pages.
21. Yet another Newcastle United merch catalog. Date uncertain. 40 pages.
22. An Atlanta Braves 2013 program, Issue No. 1.
23. Same as above, but Issue No. 2.
24. and 25. Two copies of the 2013 Atlanta Braves Media Guide. Please note that each copy is a separate prize.
26. A B.J. Upton bobblehead doll.
27. A set of New York Rangers temporary tattoos by Stachetats.
28. Same as above, but for the Wild.
29. Same as above, but for the Canadiens.
30. An Austin Dillon NASCAR cap. Sponsor on the front, car number on the side, NASCAR and sponsor’s secondary logo on the back, driver’s logo on the underbrim. No extra charge for the cat hair. One size.
32. A vintage Mets baseball shirt. Generously given to me by reader Marc Rivlin at last month’s Uni Watch party but too small for me (sorry, Marc!). M, 16.5″, 29″, 50/50 cotton/poly.
33. A “CleveWin” T-shirt. Base color is brown, not black. L, 21″, 29″, 50/50 cotton/poly.
34. A “BostWin” 2013 T-shirt. L, 21.5″, 28″, 99% cotton.
35. A Wichita State Shockers zip-up sweatshirt from Retro College Cuts. Sewn graphics. M, 23.5″, 28″, 80/20 cotton/poly. No extra charge for cat hair.
36. A vintage reproduction 1932 Chicago Shamrocks jersey from Ebbets Field Flannels. I’ve owned this for about 10 years and have finally admitted to myself that it’s too big for me. No. 32 on the back. All graphics are sewn felt. Reinforced elbows. Faint yellowing/staining on upper yoke and collar, although you can’t see that in the photos. M, 21.5″, 28″, 100% cotton.
37. An Atlanta Falcons replica jersey. Faint salsa stain on the upper-left chest, because the jersey was used in a Tide commercial that was shown during last season’s Super Bowl. Matt Ryan’s name and number on the back. Nameplate is sewn but NOB lettering and all other graphics are screened. XXL, 28″, 33.5″. 100% polyester.
38. A Golden State Warriors authentic sleeved jersey — the one from last season. No. 13 and some media guy’s name on the back. White bridge graphic on the front is screened; all other graphics are sewn. Stretchy. L, 20″, 33″. 100% polyester.
39. An unofficial (but very nice) Uni Watch varsity-style jacket by Stewart & Strauss. Base color is hunter green with gold trim and cream sleeves and snap buttons. “UW” lettering sewn on left chest, my name embroidered on right chest, and UCNOB (that’s uniform columnist’s name on back). Fully quilt-lined. Interior pocket. Kinda hoping Big Cock Johnson wins this one, just for irony’s sake. Package will be heavy-ish, so it would be nice if the winner would be willing to kick in a few bucks to help cover the shipping costs. M, 22″, 28″. Body is 80/20 wool/nylon; sleeves are pebbled leather.
40. A pair of vintage softball pants, originally featured in this Uni Watch entry. White belt loops. Two stripes of white braid down each leg. Adustable buckle cuffs. Waist measures about 30″ but is elasticized, so it should fit up to at least 33″, maybe more. Inseam measures 30″. Cotton twill.
42. Same as above but for the Blackhawks.
43. Same as above but for the North Stars.
44. Same as above but for the Canadiens.
45. Same as above but for the Golden Seals.
46. A set of six baseball-themed removable wall decals from Left Field Cards. Here’s a photo that gives a better sense of their size and how they can be used.
47. A Keith Hernandez mustache removable wall decal from Left Field Cards. Decal measures 14.5″ x 24″.
48. A copy of MLB photographer Brad Mangin’s Instant Baseball book, which consists of photos that Brad took with his iPhone. Pretty fascinating, actually. Hardcover. 160 pages.
49. and 50. Two sheets of three Uni Watch temporary tattoos. Each tat measures a little over 2″ in diameter. Please note that each three-tat sheet is a separate prize.
Pretty good haul, right? To enter the raffle for these items, here’s whatcha do:
1) Send an email to the giveaway address.
2) In the body of the email, please indicate (a) your name and shipping address and (b) your top 10 prize choices, in order of preference, by number. If you’re only interested in, say, seven items, then just list your top seven choices; if you want to list more than 10, you can do that too, all the way to 50, but I don’t really expect anyone to go that far. I’ll do my best to accommodate all the winners’ choices.
3) One email per person. Entry deadline is 7pm Eastern next Monday, Dec. 23. The winners will be announced on Christmas Day.
Again, my thanks to all of you who contribute in various ways to Uni Watch. I wish I could provide gifts for all of you — honest.
ESPN surprise: I had expected my new ESPN column — the results of the Blazers-redesign contest — to run tomorrow. But instead it was just posted today. Enjoy.
Notre Dame will have Adidas gear through 2014 and rumor is Under Armour is now leading as the provider of choice [for when the Adidas deal concludes at the end of 2014]. Word is that the athletic administration wants to be the premier team for whoever the provider turns out to be. Michigan was given “most favored nation status” by Adidas and that’s what began the slow break-up. With Nike, Notre Dame would be just one more fish in the sea.
Note that this information includes the word “rumor.” Assess accordingly.
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By Brinke Guthrie
Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas is this 1971 NFL mini-helmet/goalpost kit! Looks like it’s in perfect condition, too It’s funny how you remember certain things — I recall getting the entire set of goalpost kits in August of 1971 at Louisville’s Oxmoor Mall, right before our family moved to Dallas. We were eating dinner at the cafeteria in the mall, and I went over beforehand and scored these. I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but I remember that!
Okay, enough reminiscing — here’s the rest of this week’s eBay finds:
• Here’s a Kellogg’s promo poster showing the evolution of MLB cap design.
• Mamma Mia! This is a nice Philadelphia Eagles kids cardigan sweater from Sears, but pretty pricey.
• This KC Chiefs medallion has a glossy paint job and adhesive on the back, and dates back to 1970. I have the Bengals and Cowboys versions of this.
• Great early-1970s logo fonts on this NFL kids fold-down chair.
• This Ray-duhz travel alarm clock is from 1971, and has never been used!
• Look at this 1971 ad for Pedwin Shoes. “Listen to the Man.” Who’d want Duane Thomas in their ad?
• What’s better than a Texas Rangers bobblehead? A Rangers bobble in a 10-gallon hat!
Seen something on eBay or Etsy that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Big congrats to Uni Watch intern Garrett McGrath (that’s him at right), who had an excellent piece published yesterday on Salon, about the summer he spent working as a New York City doorman. Congrats, Garrett — you’re hitting the big time!
And speaking of Garrett, he also compiled and wrote today’s Ticker.
Baseball News: The Mets have posted their first four free-shirt Friday designs of the 2014 season. … Speaking of the Mets, a Mr. Met sleeve patch has been added to their blue alternate jersey for 2014.
NFL News: Here is a New York Times article on NFL players getting fined by the league for their fashion choices. Readers might remember that Paul covered these changes in a column last year (from Kyle Hanks). … Matt Forte cracked his helmet decal during Sunday’s Bears vs. Browns game (from Steven Luft). … Andy Dalton and Mohamed Sanu wore different style hand warmers on Sunday Night Football (from Michael Kinney).
College Football News: The Cincinnati Bearcats unveiled their look for the Department Store Bowl. … The Automotive Lubricants and Fluids Bowl will have Fresno State wearing their throwback dog helmets (from Richard Paloma). … Here’s Michigan State’s jersey with the Rose Bowl patch.
Hockey News: “My newspaper colleague David Bailey bought an old Dartmouth College yearbook and pointed out this photo of the freshmen hockey team,” says Tris Wykes, “No doubt about who you were playing, eh?” … Winter Classic/Stadium Series Watch: A potential design for the Chicago Blackhawks Stadium Series uniform has been leaked online. … The Detroit Red Wings back up goalie, Petr Mrazek, will probably be wearing these pads. Festive, to say the least (from Daniel Mickelson).
Soccer News: The Manchester City Home Kit and the Chelsea Home and Away Kits for 2014-2015 season have been posted online (from Trevor Williams). … It didn’t take long for a computer company to enjoy the effects of purchasing advertising space on the inside of FC Barcelona’s uniform. … Mario Balotelli covered his cleats with newspaper, featuring headlines from his soccer career, while waiting out his shoe contract negotiations (from Cork Gaines).
Basketball News: The site 99designs is running a Hornets-redesign contest. … “Tonight Kennesaw State traveled to Alexander Memorial Coliseum (I’m still calling it that), to play Georgia Tech,” says Douglas King, “Part way through the 2nd half they started discussing KSU’s upcoming schedule, but instead of using one of the many logos they adopted last year they went with the now retired Owl Head logo.”
Grab Bag: Ohio State and Nike have extended their $46 million, 11-year agreement. … Kurt Busch having some fun with his namerail for 2014 (from David Firestone). … Pantone’s color of the year is radiant orchid, I am sure it will become Paul’s favorite (from Kevin Dorsey). … Flickr has a subtle logo update (from Brinke Guthrie).