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Good Sunday morning, Uni Watchers. I hope everyone’s Saturday was good.
After the rash of uni news this past week, we’re going to shift gears today and look at some concepts. I’m once again joined by Casey Vitelli, who — among other concepts — has created NBA “Earned” jerseys, as well as “NBA Refresh” concepts, Part I and Part II. We haven’t heard from Casey in a while, but he’s back today with his pal “Gav Swaps,” and together they have come up with a new twist on the NBA jersey, borrowing a page from the NHL, with their “NBA Reverse Retro” jersey concepts. I think you’ll enjoy these — I know there are more than a few I wouldn’t mind seeing as full uniforms on an NBA court in the future. If your curious as to what the original jerseys looked like, you can see all the NBA designs in the NBA Uniform Database.
@gavswaps and I were in the middle of talking about a colab. We were throwing out ideas and some good things came to mind. Gav started posting his “Retro Wishlist” and an idea sparked.
I remember the NHL doing their “Reverse Retro” series a year or so ago, and I wondered what that could look like in the NBA. I approached Gav with the idea and he loved it. We randomly drafted teams and each got to work bringing the idea of “Reverse Retro” to the NBA.
We were able to get this done pretty quickly, and we hope you all enjoy.
Yellow colorway of the 82-92 jersey design
Yellow colorway of the 51-68 jersey design
Red colorway of the 72-90 jersey design
Carolina blue colorway of the 88-02 jersey design
Black colorway of the 73-85 jersey design
Light Blue colorway of the 92-99 jersey design
White colorway of the 04-09 jersey design
Yellow colorway of the 85-93 jersey design
Black colorway of the 96-01 jersey design
Golden State Warriors
Yellow colorway of the 88-97 jersey design
Yellow colorway of the 80-95 jersey design
Yellow colorway of the 71-74 jersey design
Los Angeles Clippers
Orange colorway of the 80-82 jersey design
Los Angeles Lakers
Light Blue colorway of the 60-67 jersey design
Black colorway of the 95-00 jersey design
Pink colorway of the 71-72 jersey design
Purple colorway of the 96-99 jersey design
Green colorway of the 96-08 jersey design
New Orleans Pelicans
Gold colorway of the 11-13 jersey design
New York Knicks
Orange colorway of the 53-62 jersey design
Oklahoma City Thunder
White colorway of the 12-16 jersey design
Black colorway of the 98-03 jersey design
Red colorway of the 70-71 jersey design
Orange colorway of the 92-00 jersey design
Portland Trail Blazers
Black colorway of the 75-77 jersey design
Red colorway of the 81-94 jersey design
San Antonio Spurs
Silver colorway of the 74-82 jersey design
Red colorway of the 96-99 jersey design
Teal colorway of the 96-04 jersey design
Gold colorway of the 97-10 jersey design
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Thanks Casey and Gav! This was a fun one, and as I said at the beginning, I wouldn’t mind seeing more than a few of these on an NBA court in the future.
Readers? What say you?
Iowa State Unveils 2023 Jack Trice Legacy Game Uniforms
Yesterday the Iowa State Cyclones unveiled their 2023 Jack Trice Legacy Game Uniforms during their Spring game. The uniforms will be worn on October 7, against Texas Christian.
If you’re not familiar with the tragic story of Jack Trice, you should be — he was Iowa State’s first Black football player (and a pioneer in many ways), and he played in a single, solitary game for the Cyclones. In that game, against Minnesota, he was basically trampled to death on the field. Iowa State has been honoring his memory for years (the stadium in Ames bears his name), but this season will mark the 100th anniversary of his death.
Here’s another look at the uniform:
I particularly like the helmet, which features “AMES” on the side.
The school has produced a video outlining the man and the uniform.
There is also an explainer of the uniform elements.
In the early 1900s, Iowa State athletic teams were commonly referred to as “Ames.” The Ames logo will be featured on the helmet and uniform pants.
I Will Script
The “i will” script on the bumper of the helmet is taken from Jack Trice’s handwritten letter penned prior to the Iowa State-Minnesota game in 1923.
Jack Trice Logo
The chevron bars signify the uniform style worn by Jack Trice and Iowa State during the 1923 season.
Some MLB Concepts
This doesn’t quite fall into the usual “Uniform Concepts and Tweaks” motif, but it’s close enough.
Reader Brice Wallace has a couple suggestions for concepts for the Cincinnati Reds — when it comes time to unveil their “City Connect” uniforms, as well as a new logo for the Athletics, once the team moves from Oakland to Las Vegas. He didn’t provide any commentary on the concepts, but they’re pretty self-explanatory.
First up: Brice’s “Reds City Connect jersey idea”:
Next up: Brice’s future logo for the Las Vegas A’s:
I won’t comment on the Skyline Chili jersey concept, but I’d love to hear from any Cincinnatians (past or present) how they feel this would work — even if it were modified to an actual CC jersey.
As far as the Vegas A’s concept — I happen to think it’s got great potential!
Guess the Game from the Uniform
Based on the suggestion of long-time reader/contributor Jimmy Corcoran, we’ve introduced a new “game” on Uni Watch, which is similar to the popular “Guess the Game from the Scoreboard” (GTGFTS), only this one asked readers to identify the game based on the uniforms worn by teams.
Like GTGFTS, readers will be asked to guess the date, location and final score of the game from the clues provided in the photo. Sometimes the game should be somewhat easy to ascertain, while in other instances, it might be quite difficult. There will usually be a visual clue (something odd or unique to one or both of the uniforms) that will make a positive identification of one and only one game possible. Other times, there may be something significant about the game in question, like the last time a particular uniform was ever worn (one of Jimmy’s original suggestions). It’s up to YOU to figure out the game and date.
Today’s GTGFTU comes from Chris Hickey.
Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.
And Now a Few Words from Paul
Hello! In case you missed it earlier this week, my latest Premium article is an in-depth look at an early-1990s MLB Style Guide that I recently acquired. Pure uni gold! You can read the first part of the article here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber to my Substack (this will also give you access to my full Substack/Bulletin archives), which I hope you’ll consider doing. Thanks!