The annual Uni Watch holiday gift guide

From SABR member Paul Lukas at on December 7, 2011, with mention of SABR member Gary Cieradkowski:

Now that we’ve gotten Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday out of the way, we can proceed to the main event of the holiday shopping season: Uni Watch Wednesday, in which we present a slate of unusual sports-related gifts you won’t find at your local mall or pro shop.

As per our annual custom, not every item in the following list is strictly uni-related, but they all relate to the visual culture of sports. So whether you’re shopping for that special someone who’s obsessed with athletics aesthetics or just looking for something to slip into your own stocking, you’ll probably find something worthwhile in this year’s dandy dozen (one for each day of Christmas, or one and a half for each day of Hanukkah). Let’s take a look:


8. Pete Hill baseball card set by Gary Cieradkowski. Pete Hill, a Negro Leagues player and manager, was a lifetime .326 hitter and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. Now designer Gary Cieradkowski, who created many of the graphics at Camden Yards in Baltimore, has produced a limited-edition set of baseball cards chronicling Hill’s career. “For a uniform geek like myself, Hill was an interesting player to tackle, because he played on lots of different teams, many of which had great uniforms,” says Cieradkowski. “Historical documentation of Negro Leagues uniforms is scant, so I’m proud of the research I did to get each design as accurate as possible.” You can order this beautiful card set here.

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Originally published: December 7, 2011. Last Updated: December 7, 2011.