Auction Action


As you’ve probably gathered from the ad in the left sidebar, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have another catalog auction taking place. This one’s a bit smaller than many of their previous auctions, but there’s still plenty of good stuff. Let’s take a look:

• Ah, the old Buffalo Braves uni. You’re probably familiar with the front design, but look at that back design with the off-center number! Imagine if they’d had NOBs — would the name have been centered over the number, or just centered on the jersey as usual?

• This has to be one of the most unusual award rings I’ve ever seen.

• Speaking of rings: We all know the ABA’s tri-colored ball was featured in just about every ABA team logo, but did you know it was also incorporated into championship ring designs? (Here’s the full auction listing for that one.)

• Always good to see anything with the Spirits of St. Louis logo (full listing).

• Spectacular chain-stitching on this Virginia Squires warm-up jacket (full listing).

• Remember how Eric Dickerson used to wear that big neck roll? In order to make room for it, he cut a slit at the front of his collar, the edges of which were then re-finished (full listing).

• It’s amazing to think that Leo Durocher managed long enough to wear the blue satin Dodgers uni at one end of his career and this Astros uni on the other.

• This is pretty groovy: a big lot of MLB All-Star Game ticket stubs and programs. I definitely recommend clicking through the photos in both listings — great stuff.

• Did you know that the World Series MVP award is officially called the Babe Ruth Award? I didn’t. At first I couldn’t figure out why the award plaque features a fountain pen, but then I realized it’s because the award is given by the BBWA.

• Let’s say you were assigned to come up with a logo for the Fresh Meadow Golf Club. What would you come up with? Whatever your solution might be, I’m fairly certain it wouldn’t be this. That’s Babe Ruth’s scorecard, incidentally (full listing).

Want to see more? Here’s the full auction catalog.

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Uni Watch News Ticker: The President isn’t the only one in Washington who gets presented with commemorative jerseys. Here’s Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, being presented with an Army hockey jersey by U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. David Huntoon (from Ryan Yanoshak). … The Corporate States of America, Chapter 673: Virginia’s governor, making an early run at Douchebag of the Year honors, wants to raise revenue by selling naming rights to the state’s highways and bridges. … Tuesday’s post about Ryan Connelly painting a Penguins logo on a friend’s wall prompted the following note from Seth Scheving: ” I grew up in Grand Forks, N.D., and was surrounded by North Dakota Fighting Sioux fans. As a painting major, I was often asked to do Sioux-related projects for friends, including painting a Sioux logo on a friend’s wall in 2009. It ended up being about five feet high, top to bottom.” … In a related item, John Korinek’s brother used digital projector to paint various Detroit team logos directly onto his basement walls, as you can see in this video clip. … Hey, in light of all those Nike schools essentially wearing the same uniform template, remember Converse’s old “roadkill tread” template? I didn’t, until Cody Kennedy brought it to my attention, because I watched almost no college basketball in the 1990s. “I was on a Converse AAU team (we weren’t very good),” says Cody, “and after Converse signed Dennis Rodman to a sponsorship deal, our AAU team promoted his line by wearing velvet shorts with that pattern.” … Tim Donovan was watching a 1986 commercial for Slice soda and noticed lots of MLB players wearing reasonably close replicas of their uniforms at the time. You can watch the full commercial here. … New soccer kits for Real Salt Lake and Orlando City of USL Pro (both from Kenn Tomasch). … This space for sale — literally. That’s Canadian luger Alex Gough, in a shot from 2009. She now has a sponsor for that spot (from Jon Reynolds). ”¦ Designer Saul Bass did a makeover of the Bell Telephone System’s identity in the late 1960s. Instead of pitching his design proposal in printed form, he made a 27-minute film, about five minutes of which extols the virtues of stripes. If you stick with it for a few minutes, you’ll get to the part where he talks about new uniforms for the company’s staff (great stuff from Sam Pearlstein). ”¦ Ah yes, ’tis the season for giant NFL-themed soda displays (photo by Tony Orndoff). ”¦ New cleats for UNC baseball (from James Gilbert). ”¦ New “think pink” jersey for Creighton hoops, to be worn against Bradley tomorrow (from David Westfall). ”¦ Here’s an illustrated timeline of Topps baseball card wrappers, from 1951-2011 (from Dan Cichalski).

143 comments to Auction Action

  • Phil Hecken | January 27, 2012 at 8:02 am |

    holy crap look at that gorgeous chain stitching on the squires warmup!

    • Mike V. | January 27, 2012 at 8:42 am |

      I have come to the realization that chain stitching is one of the best things ever created, next to chili dogs and beer.

    • Ben Fortney | January 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm |

      I can’t be the only one who thinks that logo’s a straight rip off of the early era Knickerbockers logo.

      • Connie | January 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm |

        Probably true, but I still like the Squire. The chubby dribbling Dutchman is one of my all-time favorites and he sure beats the hell out of that NYK thing…

  • Pulaski | January 27, 2012 at 8:11 am |

    Corporate naming rights for highways and roads? “Welcome to the Nike Pro Combat Highway! Made with high-tech, Moisture Wick 9000 technology. You’re not just a driver, you’re a warrior!” Ugh.

    • jdreyfuss | January 27, 2012 at 9:09 am |

      I’m gonna miss the Lee Highway. And for that matter, the bridge on I-64 named after a state trooper named Vaughan Ray Stevens.

      • teenchy | January 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

        Having lived a couple of blocks off of it for several years, I’m Still Calling It Lee Highwayâ„¢.

    • Arr Scott | January 27, 2012 at 11:35 am |

      As a Virginian, I could get behind the governor if and only if the only road naming rights to be sold would be US Highway 1, currently the Jefferson Davis Highway.

    • Canflam | January 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

      So you want Virginia’s roads to devolve even further into a shithole of a bazillion huge gaping potholes and bumper to bumper traffic 24/7 all because you are a crybaby pussy about corporate dollars. Must really be nice to still be living in your parents basement at the age of 45 and still have them catering to your every fucking need, thereby negating the need for you to ever set foot outside the house, though I doubt your morbid obeseness could manage that without knocking down at least two walls and bringing a crane in.

      As someone who has spent the better part of 35 years living in and around the DC area, I could give a fuck if they plastered ever fucking inch of the roadside with billboards announcing that I was on the McDonald’s highway if it means the roads are going to be in even semi-decent shape, which is a far cry from the shitheap they currently are.

      But you just keep on bleating and whining like it’s the end of the fucking world. After all you never leave your parents basement so what the fuck do you care?

      • JTH | January 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm |

        Thank God for this post. It’s about time someone made a reasoned, well-thought-out and, above all else, completely factual counterargument here.

      • walter | January 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm |


      • jdreyfuss | January 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

        Well, for a minute I was gonna be insulted, but he’s obviously addressing someone 20 years older, 100 pounds heavier, and 400 miles closer to his parents than I am.

      • Taylor | January 28, 2012 at 10:51 am |

        Now if only we could make it so Northern Virginia taxes would stop to the rest of the state, we’d be ok. If Northern Virginia taxes actually stayed in Northern Virginia our roads would be more than good.

        Oh my goodness, I just sounded like a Republican! AHHHHH!!!!

      • Big Tim H | January 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm |

        You know, Canflam, Delta is ready when you are.

      • Canflam | January 29, 2012 at 9:17 am |

        Ummm, no.

        Your IP-fu is way off Lukas. The only Joe Johnson I know is the loser who plays for the Hawks. Interesting how you fail to rebut my stellar argument probably because you can’t. except oh ,wait in live in NYC so you don’t even own a car so you don’t ever have to worry about potholes or traffic jams so FUCK money to repair the nations infrastructure right? Since you don’t use/need a car and therefore have no need for roads or bridges, neither do any of the other 330,000,000 people in the US, right?

      • Paul Lukas | January 29, 2012 at 11:11 am |

        Someone (a) doesn’t like to admit that he’s Joe Johnson, and (b) has clearly never been to NYC.

        Luv ya, Joe!

  • Marc M. | January 27, 2012 at 8:20 am |

    I believe the Babe Ruth Award and the World Series MVP are mutually exclusive. The BRA is for the entire playoffs and the World Series MVP is just for that series alone.

  • juan grande | January 27, 2012 at 8:25 am |

    too bad those Tarheel baseball cleats don’t have black heels… or at last black heels on the soles.

    • jdreyfuss | January 27, 2012 at 9:09 am |

      I was thinking just that while looking at them.

  • Mike Hersh | January 27, 2012 at 8:36 am |

    The Topps Baseball Card Wrapper timeline is nice, but it’s far from complete. It’s missing several wrapper variations.

    • Connie | January 27, 2012 at 9:15 am |

      Maybe so, but I sure am fond of that 1958 wrapper.

  • Michael Emody | January 27, 2012 at 8:39 am |

    I just got around to reading the comments posted after I said: “And who knows, this may be the inspiration they need to replace the silver on the regular jerseys with red — a UNIQUE color combo in baseball at the moment.”
    That means Black with red trim.

    So, concealed78:
    It’s NOT the same as the RED’s red with black trim, unless you’re dyslexic.

    And how is brick red and Sedona red in the same ballpark with black with red trim? Black with red trim is unique in baseball at the moment, and that’s that. And the article you linked does not say that the Sox considered navy blue. It mentions what the fans suggested blue along with black. Learn to read, and don’t tell me that variants of brown (brick red and Sedona red) are the same as red.

    And walter: we all know the home team supplies TBTC jerseys to the road team. The red home alts have nothing to do with TBTC games, so why would a powder blue and red road alt be have something to do with TBTC games?

    • concealed78 | January 27, 2012 at 9:05 am |

      You think Sedona red & brick red is a variant of brown?? They’re both a lot closer to red than brown.

      Anal retentive nitpick OCD much?

      • Matthew Radican | January 27, 2012 at 11:08 am |

        I would think the “red” included in the color name would sort of lead one to put them in the red family of colors.

        • Michael Emody | January 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm |

          Who cares whether “red” is in the color name. That’s why there’s such things as the Hex Triplet, so when your dim witted friend comes back from the paint store and say’s “The guy told me this was red.” you can send him back with a specific formula for fucking “red.” Which in the Hex triplet, is #FF0000.

      • Michael Emody | January 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm |


        I was specific. Sedona Red and Brick Red look like shit to me, so I referred to them as brown.

        “Anal retentive nitpick OCD much?” – let me say that I mean that in the smarmiest adolescent ass hole voice I can do.

    • walter | January 27, 2012 at 9:05 am |

      Not takin’ the bait.


      • Michael Emody | January 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm |

        Thank you. I was venting, and you’re a man of reason and intelligence. I also pressed SEND before correcting a few grammatical errors. You’d think these weenies would have jumped all over that, but I may have just encouraged them to feel intelligent.

    • JTH | January 27, 2012 at 11:24 am |
      • walter | January 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm |

        Walter here. In fact, *I* am colorblind and have trouble with the duller reds and greens. They are inclined to look olive to my eyes. Grass green and Spot red are about the limit of what I can clearly distinguish.



      • Michael Emody | January 27, 2012 at 11:40 pm |

        I am not colorblind. Those look red. If I had time and gave a shit, I could link to photo’s of the Diamondbacks and Astro’s that look anything but red, under the lighting conditions they were taken. I could also upload dozens of photos of the 50’s early 60’s era White Sox with red trim and use them comparatively.

        You’ve got the internet. Why don’t you find some more photo’s and pretend we had a debate.

  • concealed78 | January 27, 2012 at 8:46 am |

    Grey Flannel Auctions is a great reference for that NBA uniform database that was mentioned on here from time to time. How’s that coming along, btw?

    • Matt Beahan | January 27, 2012 at 11:25 am |

      Slowly… There’s still a dearth of solid info out there. The auction sites help, but even they tend to have a lot of errors when it comes to dates and such.

      (I actually have very little to do with it, I’m merely one of the guys helping out with research…)

  • Joe | January 27, 2012 at 8:49 am |

    Regarding the piece on naming rights to highways and bridgers, I will actually argue that this is a fantastic idea. While I do agree that naming rights do tend to get out of hand (I still call it GIANTS Stadium, of course) I also think it is refreshing to see states think outside the box to raise capital in these tough economic times. I would gladly drive down the Nike Pro Combat highway daily if it allowed for road improvements or reduced tolls.

    • Paul Lukas | January 27, 2012 at 9:03 am |

      If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

      • Phil Hecken | January 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm |

        i saw marlon brando on a motorcycle…he was actin’ out rebellion

    • The Jeff | January 27, 2012 at 9:10 am |

      It’s funny how people want the government to provide so many services, yet scream bloody murder if said government attempts to collect the funding for those services by raising taxes in any way.

      • teenchy | January 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm |

        I always thought one way of collecting revenue would be to charge people for putting tacky decorations on their front lawns, sort of an “eyesore fee” if you will. I have no idea how to enforce it or whose aesthetic standards would apply, but it would’ve been one way to cut down on lawn jockeys, half-buried tires painted white and plywood cutouts of old ladies’ rear ends.

        • concealed78 | January 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm |

          Kinda impedes on that whole “Freedom of Speech” thing =P Don’t know how to appoint the “Lawn Police” or standards, either. Not saying I would ever put tacky shit on my lawn, but to support the right to do so, etc, etc.

        • teenchy | January 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm |

          I agree that there’s no good way to regulate taste. After all, look at a lot of the unis being watched here!

        • Big Tim H | January 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm |

          Try living in a community run by an HOA.

    • Chris Holder | January 27, 2012 at 9:16 am |

      I am all for there being a better way to raise money without raising taxes. At the same time, I also believe government needs to be streamlined, and any additional money you give them will likely just be used to go to pork projects instead of what actually needs to be done. In other words, giving the government more money is probably just a recipe for disaster. Nobody is offering to give me money if I wear a Nike logo on my shirt. I have to get by with the salary I make. Our government (local/state/and federal) needs to learn to do the same. And I work in government, so I see waste every day.

      As to this subject… I’m sorry, but no. Government needs to stay out of advertising. It just opens a Pandora’s box to political pandering and showing favortism to companies that pay for a damn bridge or road. As has been said on here countless times, we are exposed to enough advertising as it is. What I said above, about government needing to live within their means? Well, all these corporations need to do the same. If your product is too shitty to attract customers and you have to name a road after yourself to try to lure people to your store, maybe you should start improving said product. Word of mouth is by far the best advertisement, anyway.

      • Arr Scott | January 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm |

        I am all for there being a better way to raise money without raising taxes.

        So am I, but I’m also for free unicorn rides for everyone. The difference between the two wishes being that a unicorn could, in theory, exist. All government revenue is taxation. Direct taxation is the most efficient and least damaging to the economy. Borrowing is just taxing one dollar plus interest for a dollar spent today. And every dollar in “fees” or school-bus-ad-sales or road-sponsorship-deals is also a dollar extracted by the government from the private economy. It would be better, and more honest, for the advocates of selling naming rights to simply call for a tax surcharge on existing advertisers like newspapers, TV stations, and billboard companies. A straightforward direct tax would do less harm to the free market than the socialism-for-chickens approach of government competition for ad dollars.

    • SWC Susan | January 27, 2012 at 11:36 am |

      It would be different if naming rights did something useful like removing a toll. But you know it won’t! How many toll roads do you know of that were built and were going to quit charging tolls once paid for??? It never happened, did it?

      • Ed Hughes | January 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

        I-95 through Richmond in the 90s. Well, the toll plazas came out, anyway. I don’t know the details.

      • concealed78 | January 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm |

        Harsh, harsh words for Northeastern Illinois. The tolls were supposed to be gone by the 1970s. But of course they only decided to keep building & make more tollways including the most recent $12 billion plan. And of course, tolls never go down, either.

      • Phil Hecken | January 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm |

        “It would be different if naming rights did something useful like removing a toll.”


        i read that three times and i swear each time i read it, the last word kept appearing, to my eye, as “troll”

        it was so much funnier that way…

    • Hummingbird Saltamacchia | January 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm |

      Best comment came from the LA Times site:
      Everyone knows that roads can only be named for powerful politicians to advertise the money they have stolen from others and given to their friends.
      Try driving through West Virginia without using SOMETHING called the “Robert Bird XXX”, where XXX is highway, park, bridge, or anything else Bird could think of.

      • Hummingbird Saltamacchia | January 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm |

        Would have been better if they spellled it “Byrd”, but still.

  • StLMarty | January 27, 2012 at 8:58 am |

    I was at this show.
    Thanks for linking that site, Paul. It’s my favorite “Catch of…” so far

    • StLMarty | January 27, 2012 at 9:36 am |

      I take that back.
      Kitty album covers was my favorite.

      • Phil Hecken | January 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm |

        make up your mind, martay

  • Joey Guns | January 27, 2012 at 9:09 am |

    Darren Rovell is obsessed with soda displays. Here’s a big goof (49ers vs Pats??):

    Here’s another:

    • jdreyfuss | January 27, 2012 at 9:13 am |

      I see nothing wrong with that display. Of course, I never made it pat the cheerleader.

  • jdreyfuss | January 27, 2012 at 9:11 am |

    Am I nuts or are those some pretty liberal house rules at Fresh Meadows? Maybe Mr. Ruth had a tendency to spray the ball around.

    • Seth H | January 27, 2012 at 10:49 am |

      I’m a member and we still use the same logo. But the club is no longer in Flushing. It is now in Lake Success, New York.

      The old course was quite famous and hosted the 1932 US Open.

  • Flip | January 27, 2012 at 9:20 am |

    That Durocher Astros jersey is a thing of beauty. Just beautiful.

    • walter | January 27, 2012 at 9:29 am |

      Amen. One of the things sacrificed in the name of alternate jerseys is that lovely vertical-arched lettering on the back; the workflow would make the seamstresses go crosseyed!
      Oh, Paul, make the heathens see the error of their ways:)


  • Connie | January 27, 2012 at 9:22 am |

    “… So, concealed78:
    It’s NOT the same as the RED’s red with black trim, unless you’re dyslexic…”

    Uncle Connie’s Phunnies:

    Q: So… Did you hear the one about the agnostic dyslexic insomniac?

    A: [You provide. First entrant with correct answer wins a share of our annual tithe to the parish of Our Lady of Prompt Intervention.]

    • walter | January 27, 2012 at 9:43 am |

      He lay awake all night wondering if there was a dog.


      /Please tip your waitress

      • Connie | January 27, 2012 at 11:12 am |

        Damn! Walter wins the big prize.

        • Chance Michaels | January 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm |

          And in only 20 minutes.

        • walter | January 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm |

          Slow day at work.


        • Dumb Guy | January 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm |

          That joke is so old The first time I heard it I fell off my dinosaur!

        • Phil Hecken | January 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm |

          way to kill teh funni

      • Connie | January 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm |


    • Michael Emody | January 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm |

      Connie- I assume (please don’t start on the “assume” jokes) you’re laughing with me, not at me, as I seem to come under quite the noob attack above. (BTW, Dumb Guy- great topper.)

      Anyway, I’m more of an atheist.

  • John Q | January 27, 2012 at 9:34 am |

    I used to play softball with a guy whose wife was and advertising executive and she worked on that 1986 Slice commercial. She gave my friend the Wally Joyner “Slice” bat and we actually used the bat during the 1987 season.

    The bat Joyner used was actually a regulation aluminum softball bat that had been hollowed out so it could be filled with water. Four holes were cut out on the top portion of the bat so that you could get that water-spraying result after swinging the water filled bat. The bat itself was painted a wood color to resemble and actual baseball bat.

    I never used the bat because it felt dead but I remember one guy used it religiously.

  • traxel | January 27, 2012 at 9:40 am |

    I just watched the whole 30 min Bell video. Don’t know why exactly but that stuff just keeps me glued. The way Bell was rebranding, still entrenched and trying to break out of the depression era 30 years later. Their version of urban renewal. The whole thing is fascinating, from the background music, to the dry narrator, to the graphic production, and especially the subject matter. Cool.

    • Paul Lukas | January 27, 2012 at 9:48 am |

      Glad you liked! Yeah, it’s a classic of its type. The fact that it has a little section devoted to uniforms is a nice bonus.

      • Rob S | January 27, 2012 at 11:02 am |

        I’d personally like to see the follow-up from 1984, when Bass came up with the “Death Star” logo to succeed the iconic Bell at AT&T.

  • interlockingtc | January 27, 2012 at 9:49 am |

    1970’s basketball uniform design!

    • walter | January 27, 2012 at 10:04 am |

      Justified all those magic markers I bought as a kid.


  • Jim | January 27, 2012 at 10:04 am |

    I wondered what college football team that use several helmet variations in a season do with all the extra helmets after the season. Give them to an underfunded high school program? Ha, Ha! Of course not. They are sold for $150 each:
    Hurry only 15 game used helmets remain.

    • Dante | January 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Athletics Equipment. A member institution may not provide athletics equipment to a
      high school.

  • Darren Walton | January 27, 2012 at 10:10 am |

    I will preface this by acknowledging that I am a PSU grad and have been wearing Nikes for about 30 years and know that Joe was a long time Nike coach and in fact has a building named after him at Nike World Headquarters. As Phil Knight walked to the podium to deliver his emotional eulogy, the image displayed on the large screen was just Joe’s feet. His pants rolled up and his black Nikes. Nike has found a way to sponsor funerals. “Just Did It”.

    • Paul Lukas | January 27, 2012 at 10:15 am |

      That is unfuckingbelievable. Wow.


      • JTH | January 27, 2012 at 11:17 am |

        I didn’t watch the video, but Knight’s comments at that funeral make my skin crawl.

        “If there is a villain in this tragedy, it lies in that investigation and not in Joe Paterno.”

        “Joe Paterno left this world with a clear conscience.”

        • Chris Holder | January 27, 2012 at 11:20 am |

          It’s hard for people to accept that their heroes can make mistakes. Not that I’m trying Joe – I don’t know all the facts, and won’t make an opinion of him regarding the Sandusky thing until more facts are known.

          But yeah… it’s a weird situation. There seems to be plenty of reason to honor the guy, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t screw up momentously, at least once. People must draw their own conclusions though.

        • concealed78 | January 27, 2012 at 11:25 am |

          “It’s hard for people to accept that their heroes can make mistakes.”

          I know. Really wish people wouldn’t idolize/make heroes out of other people; even family members & especially athletes. I can see a respectful & restrained admiration, but a flat-out hero? – no.

        • elgato11x | January 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm |

          “Really wish people wouldn’t idolize/make heroes out of other people; even family members…”

          Yeah, that is just horrible. Choosing a person in your life to serve as a role model and as positive example for you is just a not a good idea. I mean, how do you get anywhere by living your life according to those you admire, or by setting goals for yourself based on their example. Who cares what people that have come before you have done, it’s not like you can learn anything from them.

        • walter | January 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm |

          The world isn’t black-and-white. People can be exemplary and admirable without being heroes.


      • interlockingtc | January 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm |


  • wes | January 27, 2012 at 10:24 am |

    Has anybody said anything about the t-shirt being warrant for the pro bowl practice is including a nike swoosh on them

    • Johnny O | January 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm |

      I did yesterday after seeing Aaron Rodgers and Coach McCarthy being interviewed with swooshified gear.

      It has been said though, that none of the uniforms will have the Nike logo on them.

  • Paul Lukas | January 27, 2012 at 10:27 am |

    My bad for not mentioning last night’s Clippers/Grizzlies throwback game:

    • Mike Engle | January 27, 2012 at 10:44 am |

      Wow! The Clippers should take those Stars jerseys and use it as the next canvas for a Clippers redesign or rebrand. How awesome are those colors?

      • Wheels | January 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm |

        They looked great on the court, especially on Blake Griffin when he was throwing down reverse jams.

    • Shane | January 27, 2012 at 11:14 am |

      I had the answer, but I was caught off guard laughing at the bar last night when a friend drunkenly asked me why the Clippers were playing Jamaica.

      • Chris | January 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm |

        I thought something similar Shane. I thought it was Australia for a split second!

    • Rob S | January 27, 2012 at 11:15 am |

      It would’ve been nice if Memphis could’ve worn them in Detroit last Friday, as it was “Super 70s Night” and it would’ve worked with the theme (and I happened to be at that game). Of course, the Pistons didn’t wear throwbacks either (these would’ve been appropriate), and aren’t likely to for this week’s 80s Night (which would’ve been tremendous to see these against these), or the upcoming 90s Night.

      It is a good thing, though, that they aren’t expected to do 90s throwbacks – I’d rather not see the “New Breed” unis again, and I wouldn’t want the Bucks throwing back to this!

      • JTH | January 27, 2012 at 11:19 am |

        I wouldn’t want the Bucks throwing back to this!”

        I would — in a big way.

        • Matt Beahan | January 27, 2012 at 11:28 am |

          I’d much prefer any of the 3 “Irish Rainbow” sets they wore from ’77-93. There’s only so many times the Bucks can trot out the championship-era unis before they start to get boring…

        • Andy | January 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm |

          There will be 90s throwbacks soon enough. That stuff is extremely trendy of late.

        • jdreyfuss | January 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm |

          Just as long as the Cavs don’t bring the pastel paintbrush unis back out, Andy.

    • JamesP. | January 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

      Seeing those Clipper unis, I can’t help but be reminded of Louisiana Tech Lady Techster Basketball Unis:

  • Seth F. | January 27, 2012 at 10:34 am |

    Didn’t get to see much of it as I only caught the highlights at the gym this morning, but the Grizzlies and Clippers looked pretty sweet last night.

  • concealed78 | January 27, 2012 at 10:42 am |

    From the Bell video:

    16:26: “The white, highly visible; crisp. Enhances the trademark. Stays cleaner; concealing (heh) soot and dust. White lowers interior temperatures as much as 10 degrees in warm weather.”

    That’s all you need to know for say white uniforms over softball colored baseball tops. If I’m going to field my baseball team during the day, it’s either white or gray (or powder blue) uniforms.

    • The Jeff | January 27, 2012 at 11:02 am |

      Someone with more free time than I needs to catalog the win/loss records of all MLB teams when wearing colored jerseys.

      I’d love to see if there’s actually a statistically significant difference.

      • Ricko | January 27, 2012 at 11:29 am |

        Such stats would be irrelevant.

        Why? You can still play–and win–even if you’re a little hot and uncomfortable.

        But why not play–and win–being less hot and more comfortable if there’s a way it can be done.

        • Geeman | January 27, 2012 at 11:38 am |

          I like colored jerseys in baseball, but most should not be worn on a hot (80 degrees or more) day. Same in football (and that goes for colored pants too — they just look hot and that makes you hot).

          But the A’s could get away with it with their gold jerseys.

        • The Jeff | January 27, 2012 at 11:40 am |

          …and thus Nike and UnderArmor come in with their moisture wicking jerseys to allow players to be cooler while wearing darker colors.

        • Ricko | January 27, 2012 at 11:48 am |

          Making the stats even more irrelevant.

          (Nah, just yankin’ yer chain, The.)

          Technology is changing things, no doubt.

          But the lack of such technology does help explain (and hopefully help us understand) baseball’s long history of white and gray, given the needs of an incredibly long schedule, often with games day after day after day…and for literally decades, doing it in wool flannel.

      • concealed78 | January 27, 2012 at 11:37 am |

        It doesn’t help my cause that one particular team with the 4th best MLB record from 1990-2007 (a stat randomly remembered) wore their ugly & cluttered alternate top way too often.

        But just for fun, the team with the most World Series championships never wore an alternate top. That should count for something /tongueincheek

        • traxel | January 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm |

          The team with the second most titles (Cards) doesn’t wear an alt top either. You’re on to something there 78. I think it’s bulletproof.

        • concealed78 | January 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm |

          I wish it was, traxel. Yanks & Cards, no alts = most rings. Theory just falls apart after them, tho.

          And just so you know: if both teams wear alternate color tops in a game: everybody loses.

        • Phil Hecken | January 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm |

          could take that anomaly/stat one step further…

          team with the most rings never wore pullovers and sansabelts either…ever

          can’t say that about the cards

          that would be a fun/pointless exercise — trying to prove either side of the good/stupid argument using random factoids about uni choice and success

          /someone has to use this to prove why the cubs have had 104 years (or is it 103? i lose track) of futility

  • Dave Mac | January 27, 2012 at 11:00 am |

    Does anyone know when the Seattle Seahawks will unveil their new uniforms? From what I remember, they will be wearing uniforms overhauled by Nike (though the bird logo will be the same) for the 2012 season. Is that info still correct? Thanks. Any info you can provide is helpful.

    • Paul Lukas | January 27, 2012 at 11:01 am |

      New stuff — Seahawks overhaul, new Steelers throwback, etc. — will be unveiled around the time of the draft in April.

      • The Jeff | January 27, 2012 at 11:10 am |

        Steelers throwback?

        Please let it be the Batman uni and not that horrible thing they wore in ’94…

        • Paul Lukas | January 27, 2012 at 11:16 am |

          That’s what I’m hoping, too.

        • Andy | January 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm |

          I thought they already confirmed it would be the ’33 uniform they wore in ’94.

      • =bg= | January 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm |

        and so when does Uni Watch HQ go into lockdown bunker mentality preparing for Apr 01?

        Do we need to have a life squad parked outside your place?

        • Phil Hecken | January 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm |

          they’re going from reedidas to nike…not underarmour

          i think not only will the unis stylistically remain fairly unchanged, nike will actually figure out how to put proper stripes on sleeves, shoulders, pants…

          don’t expect an oregon or maryland in the NFL, brinke, despite what everyone is secretly hoping dreading

  • Matt Beahan | January 27, 2012 at 11:31 am |

    Regarding the Buffalo Braves unis, they did indeed have NOBs – standard radial arched, centered. The offset number’s just one of the reasons I love that uniform…

    • JTH | January 27, 2012 at 11:58 am |

      nameplate or direct-sew?

      • Matt Beahan | January 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

        All the game-worn examples I’ve seen were sewn direct onto the jersey.

  • Phil P | January 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm |

    Seeing this items on team logo murals reminds me of how, just a few months ago when my son was born, I had planned to paint the crest of FC Porto on his wall (albeit just the outline of the logo). In hindsight I’m glad I didn’t because we’ve moved cross country since then, so that would have been a lot of work for not much reward. Might be something I undertake someday if/when we decide to buy a new house. My plan to get it done was to obtain an overhead projector and trace the outline, but the method posted the other day probably would have been more feasible with what I had at home. Anyway, good stuff there.

  • Arr Scott | January 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

    Didn’t turn up prior mention of this in a quick search, so apologies if I just failed to remember or find it, but the Billings Mustants unveiled a 60-seasons logo:

    In layman’s terms, of course, that’s actually a 59th anniversary patch. Seems like they missed the boat by jumping the gun; the actual 60th anniversary (or 61st season) next year will be their Diamond Jubilee.

    • Arr Scott | January 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm |

      That’s the Billings Mustangs. The Mustants, of course, are not anywhere near 60 years old.

  • Johnny O | January 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Christopher F. | January 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm |

      Fake, but funny.

  • M_Frick | January 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

    Two SoCon teams played last night in a color-on-color game, that is if you consider black a color and not an infection on the sports world. College of Charleston in the champagne/gold and Furman in black

    • teenchy | January 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm |

      Furman in BFBS FWIW as its school colors are purple and white. C of C’s school colors are maroon and white so where that champagne came from I don’t know, though it lends itself to the same urine stain jokes as the recent Padres road unis.

      • M_Frick | January 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm |

        I believe it comes from the fact that the cougar is a champagne color.

        • Taylor | January 28, 2012 at 11:06 am |

          I think yellow, gold and light gray should be excused from the color vs. color category. Those are light colors, and while *technically* colors, I don’t consider them in the blue vs. red category, if that makes sense.

  • Johnny O | January 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm |

    Not a great picture, but it does seem that there is no maker’s marks on the Pro Bowl uniform:

  • JSDem | January 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm |

    Always nice seeing the Braves uni’s. Anyone know why they ended up switching team colors to the Carolina Blue?

    Found this pic with the captain’s “c” on that old jersey:

    • interlockingtc | January 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm |

      A photo taken straight from my youth. There’s Dave Wohl, Mahdi Abdul-Rahman (formerly Walt Hazzard), Bob Kauffman and Fred Carter. loved that Sixers uni, too, despite their 9 win season in them. I don’t why they switched to Carolina blue and always wondered myself.

  • Simply Moono | January 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm |

    A.J. Green’s Pro Bowl practice shirt has a backwards swoosh on the sleeve:


  • Dan | January 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm |

    dont know if this was already mentioned, but it looks like the uconn mens team will go gray and camo, as they will be wearing t shirts to honor the CT national guard…im assuming theyll be worn as shooting shirts over the platinum jerseys and under the platinum warm ups…
    The women will wear the shirt on the left, men on the right for their games this weekend.
    heres the link to the shirts…not really too crazy

  • RMB | January 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

    Jared Allen appears to be wearing a helmet cam in Pro Bowl practice. Looks bulky and I can’t imagine it being worn in-game.

  • Matthew Robins | January 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  • Joey Guns | January 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm |

    Dumb prank regarding short basketball shorts at St. Joe’s college…..

    • Simply Moono | January 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm |

      “Dumb (but funny) prank regarding short basketball shorts at St. Joe’s college…..”


      I like how #32 said that they were “super tight”. Yeah… you’re wearing compression shorts underneath, and you’re complaining about the “tightness” of the short-shorts?

  • Pulaski | January 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm |

    Ha ha. I leave my parents’ basement all the time. Those comic books won’t buy themselves, you know!

    No, really, I think there’s enough corporate bullshit in the world as it is. I don’t think naming rights will magically solve DC’s traffic problems. And could it be there’s another solution besides whoring out our public space to Nike?

    As a former Virginian who has been to DC many times, I agree the traffic there is a real problem.

  • Pulaski | January 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm |

    Being stuck in traffic all the time makes some people really angry and hateful, you know?

    • JTH | January 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm |

      We’re super-friendly here in Chicago, despite the terrible traffic.

      Unless you count all the murders.

  • Scott S | January 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm |

    Not sure if anyone saw this but I was reading an article on and came across this photo of the 2008: Tough Guy — Year of the Bended Arm 2008 in Wolverhampton, England.

    I was very surprised by what look like tOSU (ohio) gardening gloves.

  • Seth Dohrn | January 28, 2012 at 11:21 am |

    I have some questions about a very unique 1940’s college basketball jersey. Would you have time to drop me an email and I will expand on the details? Thank you Seth Dohrn

  • Taylor | January 28, 2012 at 11:41 am |

    Seeing those old Converse college bball unis from the 90s, reminds me how hideous college bball unis were from that era.