Auction Action by Paul Lucas of ESPN & Uni-Watch

Thanks Paul! To view this post and other fine uniform related discussions head over to Uni-Watch.com

Our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are running another catalog auction, which means it’s time for me to showcase some of the most interesting items they’re selling. Here we go:

• I always like leagues that deviate from the standard black/white zebra-striped officiating uniforms. The World Football League’s blue/gold jerseys (shown at right, click to enlarge) are a prime example. Bid on it here.

• Love love love the striped collar on this 1891 (!) Cy Young baseball card. Scroll over the thumbnail to get the full effect.

• With Willie McCovey’s recent death, a bunch of his memorabilia is now up for auction. McCovey was left-handed, so it seems odd that this trophy for his 500th home run shows a right-handed batter figurine (and a righty glove to boot).

• Speaking of McCovey, I really like this 1971 All-Star Game platter. Never seen that type of item before!

• One last McCovey entry: The Giants usually styled his NOB with a raised “c,” as seen here and here, but this one has a base-aligned “c.”

• I never really noticed before how the Astros’ 1972 road jerseys had matching radially arched chest lettering and NOBs, while the ’73 design had matching vertically arched chest lettering and NOBs.

• This 1980 Reds jacket design, with the team logo down toward the bottom, is one of the oddest jacket formats I’ve ever seen.

• Speaking of jackets, check out this 1967 Earl Monroe College Division championship beauty.

• Oh baby, it doesn’t get much better than this century-old Yankees dugout sweater!

• It’s rare enough for a MLB team to have TV numbers on one sleeve. But in 1979 and ’80, the Cardinals had them on both sleeves!

• Attention, Brinke Guthrie! We don’t often see tennis gear come up for auction, but here’s a 1991 autographed Jimmy Connors warm-up top.

• I love everything about the lettering styles on this mid-1970s 76ers warm-up jacket.

Want to see more? You can click through all of the auction listings — more than 500 of them — here.

Auction Action by Paul Lucas of ESPN & Uni-Watch

Thanks Paul! To view this post and other fine uniform related discussions head over to Uni-Watch.com

As you may have noticed, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are running another catalog auction. Here are my picks for some of the most interesting items being offered:

LOT #2:
Early 1960s Bill Russell Boston Celtics Player-Worn Home Fleece Warm-Up Jacket

• This 1969 Celtics championship watch (shown at right; click to enlarge) is a real beauty, eh?

• Speaking of the Celtics, I love the gold yellow-outlined lettering on the front of this beautiful Celtics warm-up top.

• Here’s another Celtics item — a 1983 Kevin McHale jersey. The interesting thing here is that they created the lowercase “c” for his McNOB by cutting an uppercase “C” and removing part of the vertical stroke.

• Sorry to be so Celtics-centric, but just one more Boston item: this 2008 jersey, back in the days when they were using the snowflake motif on the NBA logo for games on Christmas Day.

• This 1975-76 Nuggets jersey has something unusual: The NOB was applied on a nameplate, rather than via direct-sewn lettering — uncommon for a pro basketball jersey.

• Whenever I see a red Sonics alternate jersey, it just doesn’t compute. I’ll never think of that as a Sonics color.

• Oh baby, check out the gorgeous crest detailing on this 1955 Maple Leafs jersey.

• Really like the lettering on these New York Giants trophy footballs. The visual style feels more like something from the 1950s or ’60s, not the late 2000s.

• Here’s something interesting: a Saints tearaway jersey. According to the listing, “This is a lightweight cotton tear-away jersey which may have been worn in the preseason necessitated by the excessive heat in New Orleans.” Hmmm. It also describes the numbers and NOB lettering as being “painted on.” Note also that the NOB has a gap running through it. Weird.

• Love love love the chest patch on this old Chicago Cardinals jacket.

• Speaking of NFL jackets, check out this gorgeous Pat Patriot varsity jacket. Tasty!

• Here’s something you don’t often see: a 1970s California Sun uniform from the old WFL.

• You may have seen Ken Griffey Jr. uniforms before, but you probably haven’t seen this one, which he wore for Father-Son Day in Cincinnati when he was about five years old!

• This old Steve Carlton Phillies jersey is Exhibit A for why teams with pinstripes should never use nameplates for their NOBs. I hate how the plate disrupts the pins — grrrrr.

• We all know that Orioles skipper Earl Weaver famously had a little cigarette pocket sewn into the inside of his jerseys. But according to this listing, Frank Robinson also had the inner cig pouch when he coached for the O’s in 1979. I’d never heard that before. Sure enough, you can see the outline of the pouch on his front jersey number.

• Oooh, look at this magnificent California Angels jacket. Love that giant state-halo logo on the back. Really miss that logo.

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

Auction Action by Paul Lucas of ESPN & UniWatch

Thanks Paul! To view this post and other fine uniform related discussions head over to Uni-Watch.com

Our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have another big auction underway. Here are some of the more interesting items:

• Interesting to see that Willie Mays’s 1972 Mets jersey had some tailoring alterations.

LOT #173: 1940 Jerome "Dizzy" Dean Tulsa Oilers Game-Used Home Flannel Uniform
LOT #173:
1940 Jerome “Dizzy” Dean Tulsa Oilers Game-Used Home Flannel Uniform

• I love how old Cubs jerseys used chain-stitching for the “C” on the chest logo.

• Speaking of chain-stitching, old Phillies jerseys had massive chain-stitched uni numbers that I never get tired of seeing.

• Back in the day, lots of teams used McAuliffe — now known as “the Red Sox font” — for their uniform numbers, including the A’s.

• Another team that used the McAuliffe font: the Angels. Interestingly, if you look at the back uni numbers, the “1” looks smaller than the “7,” but maybe it’s just the way the fabric is draping. (There’s another Angels/McAuliffe example, this one from 1977, here.)

• This batch of Jay Johnstone jerseys includes a 1980 Dodgers jersey that includes that season’s All-Star Game patch.

• Did you know the baseball Giants once used zippered jerseys? They did!

• If you look at this 1970 Indians jersey the red lettering/numbering with the black drop shadow feels a lot like today’s Reds uniforms.

• Fascinating to see that the Pirates used this kind of BP jersey. Everything about it — the collar, the zipper, the waistband trim — feels more like a basketball warm-up top.

• Speaking of the Pirates, you can have your very own Stargell Stars with this cap.

• I’d love to see the White Sox wear this early-1940s design as a throwback.

• Even a confirmed Yankees-hater like me can appreciate the coolness of this old Yankees belt buckle.

• Athletes aren’t the only ones in the ballpark who wear uniforms. Here’s an Orioles usher’s uni from the 1970s.

• Weird to see the Cowboys’ team name rendered in a script on this sideline jacket.

• Man, the 76ers sure used a lot of stars on their 1975-76 warm-up jackets.

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

 

Auction Action by Paul Lucas of ESPN & UniWatch

Thanks Paul! To view this post and other fine uniform related discussions head over to Uni-Watch.com

Our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have another big auction underway. Here are some of the more interesting items:

Tom Fears
Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams Game-Used Suspension Helmet

Here’s something fascinating: This 1957 Willie Mays jersey has smaller, snugger-fitting buttonholes, because, according to the auction house, “Mays preferred a tighter-fitting shirt.” Never seen or heard that before.

• Whoa, check out this full-length Milwaukee Braves satin jacket!

• Nearly two decades on, that inaugural Devil Rays design still sends shivers down my spine.

• This is interesting: We’re all familiar with the star-spangled top hat in the Yankees’ logo, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen that hat used in any other Yankees-related context — until now. That’s Yanks then-manager Bucky Harris in that ad.

• Oooh, you don’t often see one of the Cowboys’ early “star” jerseys. Look closely and you can see that it has a crossover collar seam, which was standard for Cowboys jerseys at that time.

• Remember when the Colts added grey to their color scheme in the early 1980s? You can see that reflected in the sleeve stripes of this coach’s sideline sweater.

• Check out the extra bit of paint on the raised center ridge of this old Rams helmet. Love how they tried to get the full extent of the horns in there, even though the colors don’t match (or maybe they just didn’t fade at the same rate over the years).

• I’ve written several times over the years about the All-American Redheads. Very cool to see one of their beautiful uniforms, complete with shorts and stirrups.

• Everyone knows Ichiro Suzuki has worn his first name as his NOB during his MLB career (except when he played for the Yankees, obviously). But not everyone knows he also wore his first name while playing in Japan. (The full story: While he was in the Japanese minors, he was on a team with two other players named Suzuki. They all wore their first names. Ichiro was the only one to make it to the Japanese majors, where he continued to wear his first name. When he joined the Mariners, he requested and received permission from MLB to keep wearing his first name.)

• Love this: Moses Malone’s high school letterman sweater!

• Oh baby, check out this 1952 warm-up jacket, worn by Tommy Heinsohn, featuring a spectacular chain-stitched chest patch and the always-awesome Butwin label.

• Speaking of chain-stitching, dig this magnificent Syracuse Nationals jersey. The script and numbers are densely chain-stitched, as you can see here.

• And we wrap up with this really nice Celtics shooting shirt. Love that format — Durene fabric, zip-polo collar, horizontal stripe on hem panel. Sweet!

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

Auction Action By Paul Lukas of ESPN’s Uni-Watch

Thanks Paul! To view this post and other fine uniform related discussions head over to Uni-Watch.com

Our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are running another catalog auction, which means it’s time for me to showcase some of the most interesting items they’re selling. Here we go:

• I love the elegant simplicity of this cap that Babe Ruth wore during a 1934 tour of Japan.

• Little-known uni-related fact about Mike Schmidt: When the Phillies wore zippered jerseys, he had a little button and loop added to his front shirttails, to keep them from spreading apart.

• Schmidt also had button added to his jersey for the Phils’ infamous one-day mono-burgundy uni. That listing page also includes this game photo, which I hadn’t seen before.

• Speaking of the Phils, look at the amazing chain-stitched numerals on this Steve Carlton jersey. Here’s the full listing.

• Interesting pair of San Francisco Giants McNOBs here: Willie McCovey had a base-aligned lowercase “c,” while Willie McGee’s “c” was raised.

• Love this two-tone Cardinals dugout jacket, although it would be even better if the right sleeve were navy.

• This Reds cold-weather jacket looks like a gown! Interesting to see the “Reds” inside the underline — I don’t recall seeing the Reds use that format before.

• Speaking of cold-weather attire, check out this Braves garment.

• Notice anything odd about this Bill Veeck leisure suit-style promo jersey? The numbers are the wrong font! Should look like this.

• In April of 1964, when I was about three weeks old, Arnold Palmer wore this cardigan in the Masters. What a beaut! I would totally wear that.

• I’m a little confused by this Edmonton Oilers “practice bib” — never seen anything like that before. Did these used to be common?

• Not sports-related, but I love this Baby Ruth candy bar vendor’s jacket. Looks kinda like a jockey’s silks, no?

• Here’s a maker’s mark I bet most of you have forgotten: the old Wilson/Staff logo, which the 49ers wore in 1995. Here’s the full listing for that jersey.

• So much to like in this 1963 Phillips 66ers warm-up jacket and, even better, this 1967 66ers warm-up top. Tasty!

• Naturally, I love the colors on this early-1960s Bob Cousy warm-up fleece. But the interesting thing is the buttons — they seem really big, no?

• Hmmm, seems like there were major kerning issues with this mid-1950s Philadelphia Warriors jersey. That “A” is practically falling off of the jersey!

• Two rarities in one: The NOB on this late-1980s Sacramento Kings jersey is nameplated and beneath the number — both very unusual for the NBA.

Want to see more? You can check out all of the auction listings here.

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