[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from the site and will return in September. Daily content is continuing under the direction of deputy editor Phil Hecken, who’s running the site this month. Our lede today was prepared by Mike Chamernik]
Mike here. I got a good email from Michael Doucette a little while ago. I’ll let him explain the work he did.
As One Who’s Got It longer than almost anyone anywhere, I figured Uni Watch would be the right place to share this “collection.”
I moved from New York to the Northern Midwest, and I drive in and around Chicago a lot. I started to notice cars with Chicago Blackhawks-themed license plates and thought they were just so cool. They were red like the team’s home jersey, and even had the white and black stripes like the jersey does — one of the top three or four jerseys in pro sports in my opinion, by the way.
That piqued my curiosity into other sports-themed plates. I put together a collection of all the pro sports-themed plates I could find on the web. I included the four major sports and MLS. And I only looked at states’ official DMV websites, to try to get as “official” as I could.
Here are some of my favorite observations:
• The Blackhawks plate is still my favorite, but I think it’s now tied for first with the Brewers throwback plate.
• I think Illinois and Texas finish 1-2 as best state collections. I love that Texas has “alternate jersey” versions for most of its teams (even the dreaded BFBS).
• I think it’s awesome that New York has a Brooklyn Dodgers plate.
• Rhode Island goes Green Monster for its Red Sox plate.
• It was interesting to see when states didn’t offer plates for certain teams. Arizona doesn’t have a Coyotes plate, and DC thankfully doesn’t have a Washington DC Football Team plate. No Pacers plates in Indiana or Rams in Missouri.
There’s also a larger collection of miscellaneous sports license plates that I collected. Examples include a ton of NASCAR varieties, plates commemorating each sport’s hall of fame, those encouraging youth golf, and a plate for an Iditarod finisher.
Mike here again. Excellent stuff from Michael! I had a few observations myself.
• New Jersey has plates for 10 teams.
Every state’s complete history can be seen here. I’ve always loved license plates. When I was little, I had a book that showed the plate for each state and every Canadian province. I was transfixed, and that was even before sports logo plates existed.
My grandma must have a soft spot for sports-themed plates, too. She has a Chicago Bulls one. Her vanity plate is her nickname with the number 1 ”” for her favorite current player, Derrick Rose.
By Brinke Guthrie
This one was up a few weeks ago on eBay but it was scheduled to end before the next Tuesday morning- but now it’s back, and that’s good for you! A terrific late 1970s NFL/Pop Tarts promo poster with all the helmet stickers included! This is a big one, too- 24″ x 18″.
• Check the totally groovy artwork on this mid 1970s NFL/Avon soap-on-a-rope; got some vague reverse Rams action there.
• Here’s a 1970s Baltimore Orioles helmet bank c/o your friends at Hardees.
• Houston Oilers Helmet Buggy– still on the card!
• Guess they ran outta room for a full facemask on these 1970s “modern NY” NY Giants stickers.
• Notice the lack of BFBS on this 1970s Detroit Lions Cliff Engle sweater.
• Remember “Sport” magazine? Joe Morgan and Pete Rose have their game faces on complete with Bicentennial patches on the sleeve, on this 1976 cover.
• This 1960s KC Chiefs plastic football looks to be in perfect shape.
• Remember the artwork on these packages? This auction is just for the wrappers (must be pre-1972, shows Senators) for those MLB/Fleers cloth patches. Loved those, AND the gum, too! (Which, as I recall, was not quite as generous as the Topps gum was.)
• Sock ’em, White Sox- with this 1970s pocket mirror.
• Killer graphics on this 1976 Chicago White Sox ticket brochure.
Follow Brinke on Twitter @brinkeguthrie.
Uni Watch News Ticker
Compiled by Mike Chamernik
Baseball News: Why was Andrew McCutchen doing all he could to shield his mouth on Sunday night? He chipped his tooth during the game. Also within that story it is confirmed that Cutch wears a cut-off sock on his arm (from ”@redbuppy). … @JameRockT7L says that Cubs OF Jorge Soler has “Eyes on the can!” written under the brim of his helmet. … Great mix here of stirrups, camo and an all-turf field. … We’ve read about some of these details before, but Todd Radom wrote a good piece on the 1976 White Sox uniforms. Speaking of the White Sox: Awesome!!!! Here’s a sneak peek at the ChiSox 1976 throwbacks (via C.D. Tatak). … Toyota, a new Cubs sponsor, will put its logo on the Wrigley marquee.
NFL News: New logo for Monday Night Football. … Tom Brady will become the face of Under Armour (from Brinke). … The Falcons released some renderings of their new stadium (also from Brinke). … The Bears unveiled a George Halas statue.
College & High School Football News: Ball State will have six helmet designs this season. … Miami unveiled its new Adidas uniforms (from Phil). … New uniforms for New Mexico (from Phil). … Iowa will wear alternate uniforms against Minnesota in November. … After a three-year hiatus, San Diego’s Kearny High School once again has shoulder stripes. The jerseys were even better back in the day, like in 1989. The Komets started wearing the stripes in 1961 but stopped in 2012 because of a pedantic rule (thanks, Stephen Grooms). … Boise State’s new mobile app allows you to customize uniform options (and much more) — thanks to James Gilbert. … Hmmmm — check out these helmets for the Hirschi Huskies in Wichita Falls TX (via Isaac Collins).
NBA News: After Kobe Bryant injured his hand in late 1999, he wore a glove during games to protect it. More info here. … A clothing company called Almanac Brand makes hat with NBA teams’ championship years on them. The font of the numbers is in the style of the teams’ jerseys. I like them. … John Weber found a T-Wolves-esque jersey in a thrift shop in Japan. “I think it reads ‘B’HURUGLUB'” he says. … A designer created a logo for every NBA team over the course of 30 days. Like every unofficial redesign, some are good and some are really bad. But, none of them look authentic, you know? Can anyone explain what qualities separate fan logo concepts from the real deal designs? (Thanks, Gorden Cromer).
Grab Bag: New anniversary jerseys for the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets (from Phil). … Here’s a first look at the World Club Cup 2015 logo. … Wisconsin-Green Bay signed a deal with Adidas (from William Sentowski). … The designer who created the Nike swoosh was paid only $35 for it in 1971. … Hockey jersey ads are gonna suck, right? Well, here’s an article that doesn’t think so.
Phil here — thanks to Mike and Michael for the lede, Brinke for his Collector’s Corner, and Mike (again) for handling the ticker. Back with more tomorrow…should be three good columns to close out the week (including one from Paul). Everyone have a good Tuesday!
“For Hallowe’en in 3rd grade, I dressed as Mr Red (Running Man, no mustache, it was 1984)…Anyway, my mom made the head out of papier-mÃ¢chÃ© from my Spider-Man Hippity Hop. In hindsight, I wish I still had the Hippity shop since I outgrew the jersey a log time ago.”