Auction Action

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As you may have noticed in the left-hand ad rail, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are running another catalog sale. It includes the absolutely magnificent 1950s Syracuse Nationals jacket shown above. Everything about this jacket is awesome, from the chest logo and collar piping to the sleeve patch and interior tagging. Check this out:

Pretty good, right? You can see more photos and info here.

Interestingly, this catalog auction also includes a really nice jacket from the team that the Nationals eventually became, the 76ers:

You can learn more about that item here.

Here are some other items that caught my eye this time around:

• Lots to like on this 1968 game-used Billy Williams Cubs jersey, including the rarely seen Illinois sesquicentennial patch.

• Oh man, how awesome is this 1928 photo album prepared for Cubs manager Joe McCarthy. A very unusual item!

• Speaking of unusual, check out this 1917 Red Sox season ticket booklet.

• Love this 1970s Cal Angels jacket, which was made for owner Gene Autry. The big logo on the back is particularly nice.

• I never get tired of seeing these old Phillies jerseys with the giant chain-stitched numbers on the back. Here’s another one — great stuff!

• Love this Brett Hull 1992 NHL All-Star Game jersey. So much better than the ones that the league recently unveiled.

• I’ve never seen an NFL sweater quite like this 1951 Doak Walker item. Note the city of Detroit 250th-anniversary patch, too!

• I like how the Gold Glove award is position-specific. So if you’re a first baseman, like 1967 Gold Glover George Scott, your trophy will feature a first baseman’s mitt.

Want to see more? You can browse through the full set of auction listings here.

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Nike to try to make Falcons’ unis even worse give Falcons new look for 2020: The Falcons, who’ve had one of the NFL’s worst looks for the better part of two decades, announced yesterday that they’ll unveil a new uniform set sometime in April. The exact date has not yet been revealed.

I have to say, they’ve done a good job of keeping this news under wraps. I hadn’t heard so much as a peep about it! So that makes at least three NFL teams that will be unveiling new looks this spring: the Browns, Rams, and Falcons. (Let’s hope the Cardinals are another team with a previously undisclosed makeover in the works.)

Given the Falcons’ current look, you’d think there’s nowhere to go but up, right? But we’ve certainly seen that assumption tested before, so you never know.

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House Divided update: Remember Ethan and Billie Hopkin, who have a “mixed marriage” because he loves the Cowboys while she loves the Packers? I heard the other day from Ethan, who shared this photo of customized pillows he recently ordered. “Interesting that the Cowboys one was rendered in their old font,” he says.

He also got a white Packers version and a blue Cowboys version:

“I also found these awesome hats that look like the team’s helmets,” says Ethan. “Here we are on a recent trip to Colorado.”

Good stuff, Ethan. Keep it coming!

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ITEM! Another membership raffle: Reader Rick Cuzzetto recently purchased a membership for me to raffle off, so we’re going to do that today.

This will be a one-day raffle. To enter, send an email with your mailing address to the raffle address by 8pm Eastern tonight. One entry per person. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. B

Meanwhile, speaking of raffles, the winner of yesterday’s Uni Watch pennant raffle is Will Lawson. Congrats to him, and my repeated thanks to Justo Gutierrez for sponsoring that one.

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Pin Club update: People are starting to receive their January pins from the 2020 Uni Watch Pin Club. As you can see above, reader Bob Andrews put his on the strap of his binoculars (“Because I use them at games to watch unis,” he says), along with his Uni Watch 2019 Press Pin. A nice pairing!

Reader Tim Dunn plans to assemble a pin-encrusted Uni Watch cap, and he’s off to a good start with the January pin, the Press Pin, and our winged stirrup pin (click to enlarge):

And reader Andy Moeschberger has a really cool idea. He’s put the press pin in the center of his bulletin board and is going to surround it with the 12 monthly Pin Club pins, creating a Uni Watch “pin clock”:

Are you displaying your Pin Club pin in an unusual way? Feel free to send photos my way.

Meanwhile, if you want to order the January pin, you can order it here, and additional info on the Pin Club is available here. My thanks to everyone who’s making this project so much fun!

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A couple of plugs: There are two worthy events that I want to tell you about:

• On Feb. 7-9, the Friends of Doubleday — that’s a group headed by former Cooperstown mayor (and my former college buddy) Jeff Katz — will be holding the first-ever Hot Stove Weekend, which will include panel discussions with longtime Uni Watch pal Todd Radom, the MLB Network’s Brian Kenny, Hall of Fame curator Tom Shieber, and sportswriters Jay Jaffe and David Roth. I was originally slated to take part in this one before a schedule conflict forced me to back out, but I can unhesitatingly recommend it, even though I’m no longer a part of it. You should go! Full details here.

• A friend of reader Gene Biros has a nonprofit called Jerseys of Hope, which collects used sports jerseys, has them cleaned, and then donates them to hospital patients. They’re running a fundraiser in Cleveland on Feb. 22, with the local sports franchises donating jerseys for that event. For more information, or if you’d like to donate jerseys of your own, look here.

That’s it. Thanks for listening.

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The Ticker
By Lloyd Alaban

Baseball News: We reported on the Braves’ stadium’s new corporate name a few days ago. Here’s what the park will look like with its new signage (from multiple readers). … When the Braves were in Milwaukee and bullpen buggies didn’t yet exist, Milwaukee County Stadium used a Braves-branded motorcycle and sidecar to get pitchers from the bullpen to the mound. That’s Cardinals P Hal Jeffcoat being escorted to the mound in a photo dated June 23, 1959 (from Alan Tompas). … New white front-panel hat for the U. of Arizona (from Josh Miller). … The Chicago Tribune published a guide for buying the best catcher’s helmet. … Here’s an interesting article about the oldest team names in minor league baseball (from Kary Klismet). … New alternate uniforms for the Chunichi Dragons (from Jeremy Brahm).

NFL News: The Titans will wear white over navy for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game (from Titans Uni Tracker). … Construction of the Raiders’ new stadium in Las Vegas has been plagued by issues with the translucent roof (from Kary Klismet).

College Football News: Reader Trayton Miller has updated his FBS uni tracker for the final time this season. Great work! … Here’s a cool video on how footballs for many college programs get made (from Griffin Smith). … Left over from Monday’s national championship game: Five of the first six College Football Championship winners (and five in a row) have worn white in the title game. The only winner in a colored jersey — Ohio State in 2015 — was the lower seed, and wore scarlet only because Oregon surprisingly chose white. This parallels the trend of white-clad Super Bowl winners.

Hockey News: The Kings have special logos for their “Father/Brother Trip” to Florida to face the Panthers (from Jakob Fox). … The Penguins’ announcers dressed like Mr. Rogers for Pittsburgh Night last night (from Troy Caldwell). … This past weekend, the Penn State women’s ice hockey team wore navy helmets at home against Lindenwood. They typically wear white helmets with a navy stripe (like the PSU football helmets) both home and away, as does the men’s team. The men’s team saves the all navy helmet for their third jerseys, which the women’s team currently does not have as an option (from Jaymes Progar). … Here’s what the Grand Rapids Griffins, minor league affiliate of the Red Wings, will be wearing for their Harry Potter-themed Wizard Night promotion (from Ian Lee). … The Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League will be wearing newborn-themed uniforms on Saturday. All proceeds from the sale of retail jerseys will go to Huntsville Hospital (from @themeebs).

NBA News: F Gary Clark will wear No. 12 with the Magic and F Kenny Wooten will wear No. 45 for the Knicks (both from Etienne Catalan). … New alternates for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, D-League affiliate of the Rockets. Also a misspelled NOB for G Sindarius Thornwell (from Jim Bob Breazeale).

College Hoops News: Michigan State women’s debuted glow-in-the-dark unis last night (from @LifeAfterFlint). … Davidson wore their black alternates last night, forcing Richmond to wear white on the road. That made for a confusing score bug, with each team being rendered in their primary color (from Timmy Donahue). … Another observation from Timmy, this time concerning the Mizzou/Mississippi State color vs. color game: “Maybe it’s just me, but Mizzou’s jerseys and shorts seem to be two different shades of yellow.” … Confusing score bug for Louisville and Pitt as well in their color vs. color game (from Josh Hinton). … Alabama is continuing their blue collar cosplay by giving out Alabama-branded hard hats to fans in attendance at tonight’s game (from Clint Richardson).

Soccer News: New shirt advertiser for Chievo Verona (from Ed Zelaski). … Also from Ed: Here’s an Athletic article about the death of mom and pop soccer stores (paywalled) in America, thanks to big names like Adidas and Nike. … From Josh Hinton: The new manager of FC Barcelona, Quique Setien, was given a commemorative shirt at his first press conference with his FullNOB and no number. … Keep up with the latest kit news from around the world by following Josh’s Twitter account.

Grab Bag: Really small NOB lettering in this Chinese women’s league volleyball final (from Jeremy Brahm). … Also from Jeremy: Here’s our first look of the ticket designs for this year’s Summer Olympics. … A new art exhibit (NYT link) in San Francisco reimagines the “tech bro” uniform of a Patagonia vest mixed with, among other things, Margaret Thatcher’s scarf collection. … An angry mom went to her son’s school admins in England after she learned that the school had changed its logo for the third time in 18 months, thereby requiring her to purchase new uniforms for her son with the updated logo (from Greg Franklin). … Yesterday we featured an item about the Department of Justice’s 150th-anniversary logo. That reminded reader Eric Hoey that he too had received this key ring, which features the VA’s 75th-anniversary logo. … New logo for a campaign by the Maine Department of Agriculture encouraging residents to shop local. … New kits for the Australian team in the Women’s T20 World Cup. “BFBS at play there,” says @j_foreigner.

28 comments to Auction Action

  • Jacob | January 15, 2020 at 8:51 am |

    The glow in the dark Michigan State uniforms are for the woman’s team, not the men.

    • Paul Lukas | January 15, 2020 at 8:54 am |

      Got it. Thanks.

  • Matt | January 15, 2020 at 8:53 am |

    Brian Kenny is with the MLB Network. He left ESPN back in 2011.

    • Paul Lukas | January 15, 2020 at 8:54 am |

      Thanks. Fixed.

  • Memal | January 15, 2020 at 9:00 am |

    I did not know that factoid about the Gold Glove awards! That’s fantastic!

  • Wade Heidt | January 15, 2020 at 9:15 am |

    Really hoping for red helmets for the Falcons. Red helmets with black jersey over white pants as primary look. Could sub in red jerseys and silver pants as an alternate third uniform.

  • Nestor Chylak | January 15, 2020 at 9:17 am |

    I think the Falcons look pretty sharp; nowhere near the worst post-modern design (Buccaneers). Don’t the Falcons usually shun the mono-color look everyone seems to hate here?

    That chronological list of Minor League Baseball team names was interesting. Looks like names started getting a little bit cutesy in the mid-90s with the Charleston RiverDogs, and culminating with the downright nauseating Sea Unicorns and Trash Pandas of late. Let’s give our boys a scrap of dignity, please.

    • John P | January 15, 2020 at 9:20 am |

      For a lot of us the seemingly random swatches of fabric held together by piping is a visual disaster. The current Cardinals look, and the previous Vikings unis were all in the same ugly boat for me.

  • Dan Tarrant | January 15, 2020 at 9:25 am |

    The news about the Falcons is another opportunity to put the Tarrant Theory to the test…if it holds true, we can expect the team to return to a more “classic” look…meaning an older one, and fans and uni-watchers will for the most part give their approval.

  • Jay | January 15, 2020 at 9:26 am |

    Atlanta resident here.

    Personally never had a problem with the Falcons unis, but missed the original black jerseys that came with them. Having blind optimism that the new reveal would lean towards the classic eras before the logo change, but I won’t hold that hope up. Besides, there will be leaks before the official release.

    Also, with the Braves stadium name change, there is a HUGE backlash from metro area residents, wishing that the stadium had Hank Aaron’s name on it in some form. They crossed me by going up to Cobb County to begin with. Plenty of “TP” jokes on the twitter of the team and local news accounts.

  • The Other Mike D | January 15, 2020 at 10:28 am |

    Paul,

    Understanding that you can’t mention specifics, do you know if there are any more NFL teams (other than the ones you mentioned above) with current plans for new uniforms in the pipeline? (I’m looking at you, Tampa Bay.)

    • Paul Lukas | January 15, 2020 at 10:30 am |

      I am not aware of anything else in the pipeline — but I was not aware of the Falcons getting a makeover either.

    • Jake | January 15, 2020 at 4:19 pm |

      Tampa’s owner stated in an interview back in March that he’s open to the possibility for 2020, although at this point it may have to wait until ’21.

      https://www.pewterreport.com/new-bucs-uniforms-coming/

  • Rick M. | January 15, 2020 at 11:24 am |

    Regarding the Gold Glove award: if I remember right, the award is either modeled after the glove that the fielder wears (right- or left-handed; infielder, outfielder, catcher, first baseman), or is in fact a bronzed glove of the player covered in gold leaf. I remember hearing a couple of times that a player was sending a glove out for the award after winning it.

    • Ted | January 15, 2020 at 12:43 pm |

      That’s a very cool wrinkly I’ve never heard. I love that detail.

    • Tom | January 15, 2020 at 3:23 pm |

      I always thought the award was a Rawlings glove, since they pay to put their name on the award and all.

  • DG | January 15, 2020 at 12:44 pm |

    A source on Reddit said this about new uniforms next year. “This is the year with the most changes ever. Atlanta, LA Rams, and Browns have already announced. Three more teams have yet to announce as well (one minor alteration, one expected rebrand, and one BOMBSHELL, a uniform I never thought would change as long as the NFL existed)”.

    Minor change being the Raiders, expected being the Chargers, and likely bombshell being the Chiefs.

    • Paul Lukas | January 15, 2020 at 12:48 pm |

      Yes, I’m aware of that Reddit post. I’m also aware that anonymous posts on Reddit have a very poor track record of legitimacy. Let’s please stick to discussing the real world, not the fantasy world. If any of that info turns out to be legit, we’ll find out soon enough and can discuss it then. Thanks.

    • Craig | January 15, 2020 at 4:18 pm |

      Any chance the slight tweak to the Raiders might be a little gold trim? It fits Vegas. The Falcons need to stick to all black…too many red teams already.

  • Oakville Fennel | January 15, 2020 at 1:03 pm |

    But when will Cincinnati change? :) The worst of the worse.

  • Matt | January 15, 2020 at 1:19 pm |

    Definitely thought you would have called out the 1943 ASG Press Pin: https://www.greyflannelauctions.com/1943_MLB_All_Star_Game_Press_Pin-LOT42803.aspx

  • jacket18 | January 15, 2020 at 1:51 pm |

    Good article on the Braves’ ballpark namechange (paywalled):
    https://theathletic.com/1534455/2020/01/14/obrien-hank-aaron-field-would-have-been-more-fitting-for-braves-stadium-where-is-the-support-for-aj-hinch/

    A few comments:
    1. Agree that “naming it Hank Aaron Field at Truist Park would’ve engendered such goodwill among so many baseball fans as to more than offset any lost value in not having Truist mentioned as often by broadcasters who call games or fans who attend them.”, but I’m not naive enough to have expected that to happen.
    2. Hopefully the emerging twitter trend of calling it “The TP” or “The TeePee” don’t come pass for obvious reasons. (Though as long as we’re going down the corporate rabbit hole, just flip that on it’s head and get a sponsorship deal with Charmin.)
    3. This sentence feels like a direct shot a Paul! “[A]t least it’s simple and its primary color is purple, rather than the New York Mets-looking color scheme that lit the ballpark when it was SunTrust Park.”

  • Brent | January 15, 2020 at 2:57 pm |

    Atlanta is an easy fix. Get normal block numbers, lose the unnecessary stripes and piping, and have the helmet match the home jersey. Red or black is fine, but that black helmet,red shirt and white pants for home is garbage. Same with red helmet and black jersey. I’d go with the 1988 look. That’s when they looked their best.

  • Jim ODea | January 15, 2020 at 4:59 pm |

    George Scott is right handed, the glove being auctioned is left handed

    • Paul Lukas | January 15, 2020 at 5:12 pm |

      Huh — true enough! I mistakenly assumed he was left-handed. Well, at least it’s a first baseman’s mitt!

  • Rob S | January 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm |

    I’m somewhat amused that the Brett Hull 1992 All-Star sweater is listed as having been sourced from his old Blues teammate, Adam Oates, considering he basically forced his way out of St. Louis shortly after that particular game.

  • Bobby | January 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm |

    Greetings from Montana! Long time reader, first time commenter. Thanks for all your work over the years! Any chance we will see a falcons redesign contest? I am a fan and would love to see what people come up with! Thanks!

    • Paul Lukas | January 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm |

      That is definitely a possibility, Bobby! Stay tuned.

      Thanks for your longtime readership. I love Montana!!