Good morning! It’s that time of year again — the time when I give something back, literally, to the Uni Watch comm-uni-ty. Or, if you prefer to be more cynical about it, the time when I clear out all the freebies that have accumulated here at Uni Watch HQ over the past year (along with some things that readers generously donated). Either way, for the 14th consecutive year, it’s the day I run a big raffle that all of you can enter.
As in past years, some of you may recognize a few of these items as gifts that you thoughtfully sent my way over the past year. I realize people often frown upon regifting, but sometimes I have duplicates of certain things, or I don’t have room for everything, or something is too big or too small for me to wear, or I’ve gotten some enjoyment out of an item and am now ready to let someone else enjoy it. No offense intended, and I hope none taken. Thanks for understanding.
For shirts and jerseys, you’ll see a size followed by a measurement (L, 21″, for example). In each case, that’s the tagged size, assuming there is one, followed by the pit-to-pit measurement across the chest. If the back side of a shirt isn’t mentioned or shown in the photos, you can assume it’s blank.
One note: All the items below are numbered, but I mistakenly had two separate items that were both No. 26. After reader/commenter Jeff pointed that out, I changed one of them to 26A, so as to avoid renumbering all the subsequent items. So if you’re wondering why one item is No. 26A, that’s why.
We have a lot of great stuff to give away this year, so let’s get to it:
1. A complimentary Uni Watch membership card.
2. A complimentary one-year subscription to my Premium content on Substack.
3. A green Uni Watch basketball jersey (S, 20.5″):
4. A white Uni Watch basketball jersey (M, 23″):
5. A green Uni Watch hockey jersey (M, 21.75″):
6. A white Uni Watch hockey jersey (L, 23″):
7. A Uni Watch tequila sunrise T-shirt. This is the original edition from the Uni Watch T-Shirt Club in 2015 (not the version we currently sell on Teespring), so it has the T-Shirt Club “patch” on the sleeve and the front and back stripes don’t align so well (M, 21″):
8. A Uni Watch blank notebook. This is a one-of-a-kind prototype that a manufacturer sent me, but I opted not to put it into production:
9. A Uni Watch “gold circle” cap. very similar to the version we sold for a while. Low-profile, strapback:
10. A purple Uni Watch tequila sunrise T-shirt from Purp Walk 2019, generously donated by reader Steve Haller (L, 21.5″):
11. A Puppy Bowl XVIII sweatshirt (M, 22.25″):
12. A pair of Puppy Bowl XVIII socks:
13. A pair of Puppy Bowl bandanas, just like the ones worn by Team Ruff and Team Fluff:
14. A 49ers replica jersey. All graphics screened on (M, 21.15″):
15. A purple Brooks windbreaker that I thrifted for about two bucks, thinking I’d wear it for the big Purp Walk party out in Denver back in May. I ended up getting a different purple jacket that I liked better (M, 24″):
16. A purple cycling jersey. Again, I thrifted this for a couple of bucks with an eye toward Denver but ended up not needing it (L, 20″):
17. A pair of purple socks, which were ultimately supplanted by purple stirrups:
18. A Sabres Reverse Retro jersey. Blank on the back except for the Adidas maker’s mark on the rear neckline (46, 22″):
19. A Sabres Reverse Retro winter hat:
20. A Mets T-shirt that I was given by the New York Blood Center after I donated blood in July (M, 20″):
21. A Mets/Seinfeld stadium-giveaway T-shirt (L, 21″):
22. A pair of Mets wristbands. Zipper compartment on one side, annoying ad on the other:
23 and 24. A pair of Brooklyn Cyclones stadium-giveaway baseballs with Easter egg-style decorative designs. Each ball is a separate prize:
25. A Sugarland Space Cowboys T-shirt (L, 21″):
26. A Sugarland Space Cowboys cap. Low-profile, strapback:
26A. A “Brip” soccer jersey. I think this was a sample that reader and Equipt Studios founder Austin Chen sent me when we first discussed partnering on the Uni Watch soccer jersey project, so I could assess the quality of his jerseys (M, 19.5″):
27. A “Kit Swap” soccer jersey. Another sample that Austin sent me (L, 21.75″):
28. A soccer jersey for the Colombian team Atlético Nacional, generously donated by reader Zac Neubauer (M, 20″):
29. A “Harry M. Stevens, Shea Stadium” polo shirt, generously donated (and modeled, in the photo below) by reader Daniel Cruz (XL, 22″):
30. An A’s Ray Fosse memorial patch:
31. A soccer bobblehead doll, generously donated by reader Brad Eenhuis:
32. A Staten Island FerryHawks ticket stub, autographed for me on Sept. 14 of this year by former Mets player Ed Kranepool:
33. A copy of The Great NFL Fun Book, which I blogged about earlier this year (96 pages):
34. A copy of The Great NFL Fun Book II, which I wrote about in that same blog post (96 pages):
35. A copy of Black Fives: The Epic Story of Basketball’s Forgotten Era, by Claude Johnson (470 pages):
36. A copy of All Caps: Stories that Justify an Outrageous Hat Collection, which I wrote about in October (282 pages):
37. A 1974 Dodgers mail-order brochure and accompanying envelope, generously donated by reader Steve VanderWell:
And there we are. Here’s how to enter the raffle:
- Send an email to the raffle address.
- In the body of the email, please indicate (a) your name and shipping address and (b) your top 10 prize choices, in order of preference, by number. If you’re only interested in, say, seven items, then just list your top seven choices; if you want to list more than 10, you can do that too, but I don’t expect anyone to go that far. I’ll do my best to accommodate the winners’ choices.
- One entry per person. Non-USA readers are welcome to enter, although I may ask you to chip in on the shipping charges if you win something heavy.
- Entry deadline is next Friday, Dec. 23. As per our longstanding annual tradition, the winners will be announced on Christmas Day, and I’ll try to get everything mailed out by New Year’s.
- Please join me in thanking Daniel Cruz, Brad Eenhuis, Steve Haller, Zac Neubauer, and Steve VanderWell for generously donating items to this year’s raffle. I’d also like to thank all the rest of you who contribute in various ways to Uni Watch. Honestly and truly, I wish I could provide gifts for all of you, and I wish all of you luck in the raffle!