Here’s an interesting one to lead off this week’s Collector’s Corner; a 1944 New York Football Giants press pass. (This auction’s up tonight if you’re interested.) Note what it says on the card bottom; Ladies Positively Not Admitted On This Ticket. Well, OK then! (Women were granted the right to vote just 24 years earlier, so the NFL hadn’t gotten with the program.) Yet- the card is made out to “Shirley Povich.” You’d think that’s a ladies name, right? Not in this case!
Mr. Povich was an esteemed writer and bylined a sports column for The Washington Post for 75 years! He passed away in
1988 1998. (Maury Povich is his son.) In his Post column he once wrote of this legendary loss:
“This is no time for cracks, men, those poor fellows were suffering,” he counseled after Washington’s 73-0 loss to the Chicago Bears on Dec. 8, 1940. “They were trying to play football, if blindly.”
Here’s another Giants pass, this one for 1950. Still no admittance for the ladies! Now for the rest of this week’s picks:
• Does anyone play marbles anymore? I guess we did in 1990- ’cause here’s a set of MLB “SuperStar Collectible Action Marbles! Raines, Sandberg, and Bonds among those included.
• NBA great Karl “The Mailman” Malone among the Utah Jazz players featured on this set of 1994 promo notepads sponsored by Kellogg’s cereal.
• Your room can, er, smell like a 49er with this San Francisco 49er decorative helmet air freshener.
• Are you still a fan of the Montreal Expos? Here’s a 1992 gear bag done up in rouge, blanc et bleu.
• This 1975 paperback is breathlessly titled Louisiana Superdome®, “Newest Wonder Of The World.”
• Here’s a 1980 Philadelphia Phillies “World Champions” serving tray with drawings of the stars of the team.
• “Bless You Boys!” That’s the slogan on the side of this 1984 Detroit Tigers World Series Champions glass.
• The 1992 Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame inductees are shown in this commemorative glass.
• The seller of this vintage Boston Red Sox ashtray says it dates back to the 1950s. Heck, come to think of it–so do I. Barely.
That’ll do it for this edition of CC. See you back here next week!