I’ve found some really nice vintage jerseys on eBay recently. Let’s start with the Durene softball jersey shown above — nice striping, right? Here’s a closer look at the chest patch, along with the back of the jersey:
I have only one gripe about this otherwise magnificent jersey: If you go back up and look at the top photo, you’ll see that it has a crossover collar. And man, I hate crossover collars — they ruin the symmetry of the collar (and, thus, of the jersey, and ultimately of the cosmos). Some NBA teams have used them, and that always drove me bonkers.
If you’re interested in this jersey (despite the collar), it’s available here.
Next up is this beauty:
It’s not clear whether the company was sponsoring a local rec team or if this was actually a team for company employees. But either way, “Drop Forge” is such a cool term (and such a cool process) — I love seeing it on a jersey. And thick, monolithic typeface seems like a good match for the name.
But that’s just the beginning. Let’s take a closer look at that sleeve patch:
Oooh, isn’t that nice? I assume the “LF” stands for “Lansing Forge.” And the the “F” is dropped inside the “L” — perfect!
What number did this player wear? Check it out:
No way — double-zero?! Somehow that feels very drop forge-y. Big, heavy, lands with a thud.
As you know, I love vintage jersey labels. Does this jersey have a good one? Let’s see:
I’m lukewarm on the label design itself, but I do like the rhyming slogan: “Van Dervoort, for Every Sport”!
And that’s it. Nothing earthshaking, but a nice accumulation of small pleasures wrapped up in one package. If you want more details, the full eBay listing is here.
Next: We’ve talked many times about baseball jerseys with lettering running down the placket (something Phil is particularly fond of). I’ve also written about the various ways of positioning the apostrophe on a vertically lettered sign. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen a uniform that combined those two phenomena — until now:
Not sure that’s how I would’ve handled it, but it certainly looks interesting. Also: Love the green pinstripes!
This item has now sold, but the eBay listing is still up, in case you want to see more photos.