Jared Wheeler recently told me about some good stuff up for bid over at Hunt Auctions. I took a look and saw a lot of items I liked, so let’s take a look-see (in each case, I strongly recommend clicking on the photo for a larger view):
• How adorable is this Cubs shoe polish mascot?
• Wish they had more than one photo of this All American football blanket. Looks gorgeous, but I’d like to see more of it for context, scale, etc.
• Oh man, look at this great 1898 Penn/Harvard program cover — sensational.
• Love the diamond logo on this 1920s baseball jersey.
• I’ve never seen a chest insignia like the one on this amazing 1940s Babe Ruth League jersey.
• Gorgeous Chevrolet baseball uni here.
• I reeeaaaalllly like the red-topped helmet in this football uni lot.
• Joe Skiba, if you’re reading this, you’ll totally shit when you see this 1961 Giants program cover. Is that hot or what?
• If you compare that Jints program to this Jets program, you really capture the difference in tone between the NFL and AFL in the 1960s.
• Speaking of the Jets, did you know they played a preseason game against the Pats called “the Elks Charity Classic”? It’s true!
• Man, I can’t get enough of those Otis Shepard program covers.
• But if you think that All-Star Game program was the shit, check out this one — hot-cha-cha!
• Quick, who was Jeanne-Pierre Coopman? If you’re a serious boxing fan, you might remember him as a charter member of Muhammad Ali’s Bum of the Month Club during his second title reign. Here’s a pennant from his one night of relative fame.
• Everyone knows about the Army/Navy football game, but they also have a baseball rivalry. Or at least they did in 1902.
• Even better: phantom World Series press pins, meaning the teams commissioned the pins late in the regular season but then didn’t make it to the Series, so the pins were manufactured but never used. Some of these are really gorgeous, including the ones for the 1951 Dodgers, the 1955 Chisox, the 1956 Braves, the 1959 Braves, the 1964 Reds, the 1965 Giants, the 1966 Pirates, and the 1971 Giants.
Want to see more? You can access the full auction listings here
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Uni Watch News Ticker: New uniforms for the Beijing Aoshen (Olympians) (with thanks to Jing Xu). ”¦ Tiny photo, but take a look at this. That’s Bullets and Blazers in a 1996 preseason game. The weird thing is that one of the Bullets has a white uni number. “They’d never used white numbers before, and never did again,” says Matt Beahan. ”¦ Kudos to Jerel Patch, who caught something the rest of us missed: The Avs have tweaked the “7” in their uni number font. ”¦ Dayton wore blue uniforms against Towson on Saturday. First time they’ve ever worn blue, says J. Cristiano. ”¦ Josh McDaniel notes that West Georgia’s football uniforms are more or less identical to Louisiana Tech’s. ”¦ Possibly the single most awesome uni-related item ever featured on this site: Jeff Ash lives next door to Packers seamstress Marge Switzer. There’s a fence between their respective properties, and Jeff reports that Marge recently tied a garland to the fence with Packers jersey trimmings. Only in Green Bay. ”¦ Awesome Detroit Lions patch available here (great find by Jared Camden). ”¦ The 1953 Yankees wore the “modern” NY insignia, same as they wear today — that version of the logo had been introduced in the 1940s. But they got new uniforms for the ’53 World Series, and those jerseys had the older, 1930s-ish NY. Those jerseys were apparently used only for the ’53 Series, because they were back to the updated NY in 1954 (all this courtesy of Ferdinand Cesarano). ”¦ Did you know the Saints’ colors were originally supposed to be blue, white, and gold? It’s true (with thanks to Bruce Richards). ”¦ Tremendous video about the Nordiques’ first season here. If you skip ahead to the 13-minute mark, you’ll see their original uni/logo designer discussing the team’s visual identity, but the whole vid is full of good stuff. ”¦ How could the Monday Night Football crew possibly get the Saints’ helmet logo wrong? (Screen shot courtesy of Alain Nana-Sinkam.) … Dan Winter spotted this guy at Disneyland. “NNOB,” he says.