Thursday, September 29, 2011

NFL / Navy Bumper Stickers from the 1970's?

I came across some bumper stickers that appear to be a promotion by the NFL and the US Navy which feature individual teams and the tagline "go (NFL team) go Navy":

The look of the helmets leads me to believe they were probably from the mid to late 1970s.

They are certainly from before 1982 as the Bengals sticker features their original helmet

The thing I find interesting is that there does not appear to be any NFL Properties trademark on the stickers.

Here are two stickers placed near a ruler so that you can get an idea of the size:

Here are the other teams I was able to find:

I would assume there is a sticker for each team, but so far I've only been able to find pictures of these 8 teams. I'll keep adding pictures to the post if I come across any more teams.


Steve from the amazing The Cowboys Guide sent me a picture of the Cowboys sticker:

Thanks Steve!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Changing Jobs In the Middle of the World Series

Here is an interesting picture of Seattle Pilots manager Joe Schultz in a Seattle Pilots uniform during the 1968 World Series when he was still a member of the St. Louis Cardinals:

As this picture shows, the Pilots uniform was almost complete before the end of the 1968 post season. I say "almost" as there are a few differences between the prototype that Joe is wearing and the road uniform that they wore in 1969.

The first difference is the cap. Although its partially cut off in the shot above, the "S" on the cap looks more like a reversed "Z" than a "S". Here is a different shot of Joe in the cap:

The second difference is the lettering. First, the prototype has "seattle" straight across the uniform, whereas the 1969 jersey had the name arching across the front.

The second difference is the "s". Just as the cap features a "s" that almost looks like a reversed "z", so too does the jersey. And finally, the "t"s appear to be smaller on the prototype than what they actually wore in 1969. The letters also appear to be tilting to the right on the prototype whereas they appear to be more straight on the 1969 jersey.

I like the shot of Joe with both of his uniforms, and appreciate the fact that since this picture shows him in the Pilots uniform during the World Series, it gives us an idea of when the Pilots had almost finished designing their uniform.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

1978 Kellogg's (?) Baseball Stickers

Recently a group of baseball stickers came up for auction on ebay that caught my eye:

I believe these were put out by Kellogg's in the late 1970s as they are very similar to the 1978 Kellogg's Football Stickers that were available in packages of Pop-Tarts:

Unfortunately however, whereas the Football stickers have information on the back with the Kellogg's logo

the baseball stickers have blank backs.

In looking around to see if I could find any other examples of these stickers, I did find a few examples of stickers still in the packaging that they would have originally come in

as well as a few examples of some that had been opened

The seller identifies these individual stickers as 1978 Kellogg's stickers based on the similarity to the football stickers, but indicates Kellogg's is not mentioned on the packaging or on the sticker.

The stickers were packaged individually, so the stickers that were recently up for auction look like parts of a strip that was cut into sections of two stickers.

I remember getting some of these stickers as a kid, and still have the A's sticker stuck on the trunk that is the "Original" Fleer Sticker Project:

That is why I was so glad to come across this group of stickers - I have always thought that the A's sticker had come from a breakfast item, and now I think I have the proof: