The Gophers released game 1 Uni today, and to our surprise, a brand, spanking new helmet! From matte maroon, to gold sparkle. They also added a Row The Boat and Ski U Mah on a gold center stripe. Fantastic!
We recently picked up one of our favorite Big Ten helmets of all time, an early 70's Michigan clear shell helmet. These are fairly rare as the shells cracked and had to be disposed of. This bad boy displays a good amount of use, but no cracks! While we primarily collect Minnesota Gopher gear, our Big Ten helmet collection is one of the best in the nation in our opinion. Go to the other helmets page and check them out. Some are one of kind examples, or one of the very few in existence.
We just acquired one of the most rare, and finest pieces of Gopher football memorabilia known to mankind; a 1960 Rose Bowl/National Championship ring. This ring belonged to Dan Powers, an OL out of Owatonna, MN. This is the only example we've seen on the market in our 35+ years of collecting.
A new jersey to the collection...David Cobb's rookie Titan's preseason jersey. David switched to 23 during the regular season. More pics in our pro jerseys section of the our collection link.
Another new addition and a new favorite jersey for our growing collection. This beauty is Mike Lehan's 2004 Browns alternate orange jersey. These orange alternate jerseys are tough to find, but to get a hold of one of your favorite Gophers in this pumpkin creamsicle color...unheard of! Go to our Gopher pro jerseys page for more photos.
In honor of the NFL draft, another NFL jersey has been added, although Willie was an undrafted free agent (UFD); Willie VanDeSteeg's 2009 rookie home jersey. Go to our Gopher pro jerseys page to check it out.
I added an near exact replica of the Little Brown Jug Trophy to my collection. It's about 85% of the original size/weight, but nearly perfect in every detail otherwise. It's makes a fine addition to my collection, and great conversation piece in my Gopher Den/Man Cave. I've been waiting for the perfect piece to hang above it, and was able to find the photo from the Star Tribune cover of when we beat Michigan in 2014 in the Big House. My father in-law, wife, and I were in the first row hanging over the wall to touch the jug and were caught in that photo. We were able to shake hands with Jerry Kill, touch the jug, and talk to a number of the players. It was one of the greatest sports moments in my life, captured in one moment. The photo was an early gift from my father in-law.
As promised, a few of the jerseys we've picked up over the past 6 months are now online. Tyrone Carter's Vikings home jersey, and PJ Fleck's San Francisco 49ers 2005 away jersey lead the way. To go with these two are Cory Sauter's Colts jersey, Rodney Heath Bengals jersey, and Jalen Myrick, Ben Perry, and Mike "Iron Man" Carter Gopher jerseys. Tyrone has long been one of my favorite all time Gophers, so I'm very pleased to add this one to the site. When's the last time anyone, anywhere has seen a PJ Fleck 49ers jersey. The sleeves have been modified in the QB style due to this shoulder injury. While not worn in game in 2005 due to his injury, it would have been worn on the sideline, and at events. Still an outstanding item from our new Gophers skipper! RTB and Ski-U-Mah!
Yes, we are still alive, here, and paying fees for our website to keep it going. It's been a long time since our last post. Being I do ALL of the website updates, it can take a while. Now we're back and better than ever. Dozens of items have been acquired, new display mannequin ordered, and more time is now available. I will post our new items in a few weeks, and into the summer. We are picking up new items are a frantic pace, and much needs to find its way here, on the interwebs. One teaser, before we unleash a torrent of photos of jersey goodness, is a 2015 helmet worn by TE, Lincoln Plsek. Go to the our collection link, and Gopher helmets to find it. Be patient with the many more items that are coming soon! Until then, RTB and Ski U Mah!
After a few, long months of home renovation, and countless hours working in my basement in ungodly heat, my mancave, which I lovingly refer to as the Gopher Den, is complete. I'm still waiting to put up a few pieces on the wall, but there's cold beer in the fridge, and jerseys in my cases. Life is good!
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