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Our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have another batch of memorabilia up for bids, highlighted by the spectacular 1935 New York Americans sweater shown above. What a beauty! Full details here.

Here are some other items from the auction catalog that caught my eye:

• I like the direct-stenciled NOB on this 1975 Tony Dorsett jersey from Pitt.

• You can’t go wrong with a late-1980s Quebec Nordiques jersey.

• You don’t often see crop-top college football jerseys up for sale, like this 1979 Billy Sims example, from his time at Oklahoma.

• Look at the reinforced stitching — referred to in the auction listing as “quilting” — on the shoulder areas of this 1996 Warren Sapp Bucs jersey.

• Gotta love this jacket worn by Muhammad Ali cornerman Bundini Brown for Ali’s 1976 exhibition bout against Antonio Inoki.

• I really like all the stripes on this mid-1960s Philly Eagles jersey.

• I know some people think the Cy Young Award plaque is goofy-looking, but I’ve always loved it. Here’s Bob Gibson’s from 1970.

• Oh baby, check out this Mickey Mantle locker tag from the original Yankee Stadium.

• You get a good view of the Cubs’ embroidered batting helmet logo on this 1996 Ryne Sandberg lid.

• Speaking of batting helmet logos, check out the weird “LA” mark on this 1960s Sandy Koufax model. The “L” is crossing the “A” way too high! Never seen anything quite like that before.

• I’ve written many times over the years about the “National League” jerseys worn in the 1933 MLB All-Star Game, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game-used example up for auction. Magnificent!

• Man, MLB jerseys in the 1960s had such short sleeves! Check out these examples worn by Wes Parker, Ken Johnson, and Boog Powell. The sleeves barely exist!

• If you liked my recent rankings of yellow and brown uniforms, then you’ll love this 1978 Padres jersey worn by Ozzie Smith.

• Speaking of brown uniforms, dig this excellent 1943 St. Louis Browns jersey!

• Here’s a rare example of the Dodgers’ 1971 road jersey design, with piping across the shoulders. That was a one-year style.

• Whoa, check out this 1930 Detroit Tigers dugout jacket, worn by catcher Birdie Tebbetts.

• Oh man, look at the comically bad NOB lettering on this 1970s South Carolina men’s hoops jersey.

• An Astros tequila sunrise jacket worn by Nolan Ryan? Yes, please!

• Oh my, check out these mid-1960s Lakers belted shorts with the team name down the sides!

• Here’s something interesting: a game-used Kevin Garnett jersey with Velcro patches, apparently to keep the jersey tucked in. Not sure I’ve seen that before on an NBA jersey.


Want to see more? You can look through the entire auction catalog here.



“Ask Me Anything” Reminder

The next quarterly installment of “Ask Me Anything” — the Substack series where you can ask me a question about uniforms, sports, Uni Watch, me, or anything else, and I do my best to answer — will be coming up in a few weeks. I’m dropping the paywall for this installment, so it will be available to all.

If you’d like to submit a question, feel free to email it here. (Please note that this is not the usual Uni Watch email address.) One question per person, please. I look forward to seeing your queries!


Uni Watch Hit Parade

A Maine indie-pop band called the Ekphrastics has a new album called Special Delivery. The first song is called “Ghost Apples,” and at first I didn’t understand what it was about, but it turns out that ghost apples are shells of ice that are left behind when trees filled with old, unpicked apples get hit by freezing rain. The apples, which melt sooner than the ice coating does, turn to slush and ooze out of the shells, leaving behind the magical-looking ghost apples.

The song “Ghost Apples” captures the fun of going out in search of these treasures in the dead of winter. It’s admittedly an odd song to be fixated on when we’re on the cusp of summer, but I figure there’s never a bad time to appreciate something magical (be it a ghost apple or a really good song). Here’s the tune, and you can follow along with the lyrics here:

If you like that, you’ll probably like the entire Special Delivery album, which is filled with similarly engaging songs. It’s available on all the usual music streaming services — highly recommended. Kudos to Ekphrastics frontman Frank Boscoe (who 1990s indie-rock fans may recall as the guy behind the bands Wimp Factor 14 and Vehicle Flips) for coming up with this excellent new band.



Can of the Day

Today’s can choice was a bit loaded for me, because Uni Watch girl mascot Caitlin has not been doing well lately. We’re going to the vet this morning, and I’m pretty worried about the outcome. Please think good thoughts for us! Thanks. — Paul

Comments (31)

    Awwww. Fingers and toes double-crossed for Caitlin :(. Hang in there buddy.

    The heather gray on that 1971 Dodgers jersey just looks great.

    Could there be any more extreme differences in football jerseys than Warren Sapp’s and Billy Sims’? One with the onesie flap to stay fully tucked in, and the other cut so short to bare the midriff! Also, I recall seeing that shoulder stitching on Eagles jerseys; I don’t recall exactly when, but it was the midnight green era sometime in the late 90s-early 00s.

    Finally, Ozzie Smith as a Padre is the type of thing that ends up in the memory hole. I don’t know if anyone thinks of him as anything other than a Cardinal.

    Ozzie must have been a late call-up. The Padres had vertically-arched player names that year.

    The Nordiques jersey is interesting – CCM tag on the back but a different manufacturer’s tag on the collar – I just assumed all those CCM jerseys were made by CCM back in the day? Is there a story there?

    As a fellow cat lover (whose cat is also of similar age and appearance as Caitlin), I will be thinking happy thoughts and sending prayers all day for you and Caitlin.

    Nothing but (expensive but desirable) treasures on that auction site. Fingers crossed for your cat, Paul.

    That 1933 ASG jersey looks so good compared to the current slop, it makes me furious.

    Thinking good thoughts for Caitlin.

    Thank you Paul. It’s tough for me to find good music these days, so thanks for introducing me to the Ekphrastics.

    Also that Ali jacket is just great with the butterfly and bee on the sleeves.

    Sending love your way…high hopes for Caitlin.

    Would love to see the Orioles someday soon break out that StL Browns jersey. What a beaut!

    Good luck to Caitlin at the vet’s. I hope the appointment goes well.

    That auction is full of spectacular items. I wish I could afford one of the jerseys.

    Sending positive thoughts to you and Caitln, Paul. I hope the news is good.

    Paul, digging this Ekphrastics’ album. Real late-stage Go-Betweens vibes (Rachel Worth, Oceans Apart, Bright Yellow Bright Orange). I’m sure you know them but if not, check them out.

    So glad you like the Ekphrastics!

    The Go-Betweens’ bassist, Robert Vickers, lives in NYC and is one of my best friends!

    That number font on the back of the 1933 NL All Star jersey is amazing. For some reason I had always just assumed it was plain block.

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