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Matt Texter is a musician and graphic artist who lives in Erie, Pennsylvania. He likes to collect oddball items and frequently visits thrift shops in search of interesting finds. It was during one such visit, at a local Salvation Army, that he recently came across the shelf full toys and action figures shown above. At first glance, there was nothing unusual about them. But then he realized what set them apart: They’d all been painted in Cleveland Browns colors, and in some cases they had little uniform elements painted onto them as well.
Whoever did the paint jobs was pretty obsessed. Check out some of the toys:
“Once I took a closer look, I realized how detailed they were,” says Matt. “All hand-painted. They’re some of the coolest folk art pieces I’ve seen in a long time of digging in thrift shops. There must be 200 or 300 separate pieces, priced at 49 ¢ each. I didn’t buy any of them, but I plan to go back to ask about buying the whole lot, even though I’m a Steelers fan. The effect of all of them together is what generates the most impact. If I am able to score the whole lot, I’ll be excited to put them all out on the floor to just look at them.”
Pretty cool. Who painted these, and why? How did they end up in a Salvo? If anyone knows, do tell.
(Big thanks to reader Tony Kellogg for letting me know about Matt Texter’s find.)
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By Brinke Guthrie
Now this Peter Max-painted Giants helmet is FAR OUT. “Super Bowl XLII Champions.” This would look terrific at Uni Watch HQ ”¦ if Paul wants to cough up $7K. [Not gonna happen. ”” PL]
Looking for something a bit more conservative and budget-friendly? Collector’s Corner has lots of suggestions that should meet your needs:
• Here’s a 1969 “psychedelic” print ad that shows women lining up in NFL team-branded clothing. Gotta love that groovy late-1960s vibe!
• That, my friends, is how a uniform is worn. Note the sleeves — they have stripes! So do the socks! The numbers are embroidered, and the socks are perfect height. This was the Dallas defensive front when I lived there — from left, that’s George Andrie, Bob Lilly, Jethro Pugh, and Larry Cole. Doomsday.
• I like this 1970s all-white Milwaukee Brewers rain jacket, c/o “Me and My RC.”
• Here’s a classic-looking Green Bay Packers varsity jacket from Sears, Roebuck & Co.
• Raise your hand, all of you who remember the 1960s ABA Oakland Oaks, represented on this nifty pin.
• This 1960s Colts coffee mug from Chase & Sanborn is in perfect shape.
• Here’s a sheet of 1970s NHL logos for media use.
• Check out the logos on this 1960s NFL bed sheet. This was the same set of logos I used to have on an NFL thermal poncho. Sure wish I could see that one again.
Rarely ever see a helmet pointing to the left, as on this 1980 Browns matchbook.
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