You know, I’d be fine with the new Nikegon design if they’d gone with a true yellow instead of the highlighter tone, which definitely ups the day-glo factor a few notches. My full take
will be up on ESPN later today — link coming soon. is up now on ESPN.
Meanwhile, we have a lot of other business to attend to here on the site, so without further ado”¦
ITEM! Big membership news: A new batch of membership cards has been added to the design gallery (including Eric Klimtzak’s Sabres third jersey treatment, shown at right). The printed and laminated versions of those cards should mail out by the end of this week.
Meanwhile, we’re approaching a milestone: We are now very close — very close — to our 1000th member. I won’t say what our current count is, but let’s just say it could happen any moment now.
Scott and I have been discussing how to mark this momentous event. Should the 1000th enrollee get a gold watch? A singing telegram? A lap dance?
No, no, and no. But the 1000th member will get some special perks, including the following:
• A refund of his or her membership fee.
• A special design for the front of his or her membership card. Scott and I are still working on this, but here are some of the preliminary ideas we’ve been toying with. Still a work in progress, but I promise the final result will be special.
• A one-time resurrection of the old charter member T-shirt design, originally available as a sign-up premium and retired in 2008. The 1000th member will receive his or her preferred version of the shirt free of charge.
There may be other benefits as well. But first we have to get up to 1000. You can help us get there by signing up here.
12:44pm Update! Two new developments: First, we have our 1000th member. I’ll announce his name tomorrow. And second, several people are now reporting that they’re having trouble with my Amazon Payments account. I’ve contacted Amazon via e-mail and asked them what’s what. But the Amazon trouble clearly started after we had already hit the 1000-member mark, so it didn’t affect anyone’s chances on that.
I’ll update the Amazon situation as soon as I learn more. In the meantime, you can still sign up by sending me a check. Really sorry about the hassle. (And no, I can’t take PayPal, which is a long, extremely frustrating story.)
3:45pm Update! The Amazon problem may have been solved — or maybe not. Some people are getting their payments through, but others are not. Keep trying, keep letting me know if you get an error message, and I’ll keep updating things as I learn more.
Collector’s Corner, by Brinke Guthrie
Santa won’t be able to bring these items from the North Pole, so you’ll have to check eBay. Lotta stuff this week from the ’60s. Happy bidding!
• Have you ever seen this type of Baltimore Orioles bobble? [Wow, that’s a beauty. — PL]
• I like this art deco-y Cubs program from 1965.
• Great Buffalo Bills helmet bank from the ’60s.
• Never seen Coca-Cola NHL bottle caps before.
• Here’s a great Eagles program from ’61.
• For you Bosox fans, how about a vinyl lunchbox?
• This is great: a set of a dozen NFL mini-helmet buggies from the ’70s.
• The great Curt Gowdy provides NFL memories on this mid-’70s seven-inch record.
• And here’s one from Paul: a Pirates World Series press pass.
Seen something on eBay that you think would make good Collector’s Corner fodder? Send your submissions here.
Pool reminder: Phil and reader Tod Hess have put together a college football bowl pool. If you’re interested in joining, you can register here. Our Group ID# is 6828 and the Password is bfbs (all lowercase). If you want a review of the bowls and teams playing, go here and here.
Show-and-tell reminder: Remember, I’ll be hosting Open Mic Show-and-Tell at the City Reliquary tomorrow evening. Bring an item to talk about for three minutes, or just be part of the audience. Doors at 7pm, showing/telling commences at 8pm. $5 suggested donation, plenty of beer on hand, best fried chicken in the city available next door at the Commodore. See you there.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Most likely nobody would want to wear this, but I love the logo on this 1930s wrestling singlet. ”¦ Very unusual chest insignia on this old baseball jersey. ”¦ Did LSU wear purple helmets in the 1968 Sugar Bowl? That would certainly be news, but Klaus Gebhard makes the case for it here. ”¦ Also from Klaus: Some extraordinary 1940 BYU photos, plus dynamite color shots from UNC, NC State (look at that ref’s jersey!), and Wisconsin. ”¦ The Nats are trying to get their curly W logo added to the DC transit system (with thanks to Alex Ozenberger). ”¦ New cycling kit for HTC. “And here’s HTC’s Matt Brammeier in his HTC/Irish National Road Champion’s kit,” adds Sean Clancy. “Nice and understated. Love the shamrocks, but white bibs should nearly always be avoided.” ”¦ Sad story out of Indianapolis, where an old Negro Leagues ballpark is now a Cash for Clunkers graveyard. ”¦ The Blue Jackets are already easing their new mascot out to pasture, plus they’ve gotten superstitious about their third jersey (with thanks to Ben Gorbaty). ”¦ Bowen Hobbs thinks the Winston-Salem Dash’s logo looks like a certain erectile organ, and it’s easy to see why. ”¦ Good article about Dan Ellis’s goalie masks (with thanks to Wayne Koehler).