Archive for the celebrity endorsers Category

Wilt Chamberlain for Spalding (1974)

Posted in basketball, celebrity endorsers, Seventies on October 12, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Ad copy reads:
“Full color posters of Rick Barry, Pistol Pete or Wilt himself. To get yours, buy a Spalding Autograph basketball, clip the Spalding name off the box and mail it to the address below with $2. (Each poster is a $5 value!) Every Autograph ball has Spalding’s durable rubber cover for a longer lasting bounce and a more natural tacky feel than any vinyl basketball made. That’s what Rick, Pete and Wilt think. Or they wouldn’t put their names on them.”

Grabbed not only for the classic Golden State Warriors uniform complete with matching wristbands, but also the incredible deshiki looking shirt and sansa belt slacks wilt is rocking. It almost looked like he was giving Rick Barry the finger rather than pointing at hist armpit.

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KangaROOS Rippers advertisement (1984)

Posted in celebrity endorsers on October 9, 2009 by All Conference Vintage



Ah yes, KangaROOS! My all time favorite athlete, Walter Payton, represented ROOS back in the day, so I had to get white ROOS cleats for baseball and football. What’s up with that ad copy? “For men, women, kids of all kinds. For fun.” Not mentioned in the copy is that back in the day, the ROOS velcro pockets were rumored to be the ideal storage spot for cocaine and it was an urban legend that wearing ROOS was an indicator to the rest of the world that you were ‘holding”. Such was not the case at my Catholic school’s 4th grade class.

They should remake these- the hipsters of the world would eat these Rippers up!

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for Lee jeans brand floppy denim hats (1975)

Posted in basketball, celebrity endorsers, photography, Seventies on September 17, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

From Sports Illustrated 1975. This back when Kareem played for the Milwaukee Bucks. This was considered a cool look only by soon-to-be bald giants and the cast of What’s Happenin’. This fresh and ultra 70s Kareem in action shot accompanied the article. The Bucks really should bring back this colorway and script print. They can hold off on the religion-revealing short shorts.

Kirk Cameron rocks a Growing Pains shirt

Posted in celebrity endorsers, Eighties, t-shirts, youth culture on September 12, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

This photo just struck me as the penultimate of self referential tomfoolery. We know you’re on Growing Pains, dude. We know you’re a fan.

This is a bit like Metallica wearing their own band shirts on stage, which they constantly did. Oh, you like YOUR OWN BAND THAT IS PLAYING RIGHT NOW THAT I PAID MONEY TO SEE? I had no idea.

By the way, I’m on a mission to find that shirt now.

Madonna in a dope Pittsburgh Pirates t-shirt

Posted in baseball, celebrity endorsers, Eighties, Music, t-shirts on June 8, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

I’m not at all interested in Madonna, but she does a good job filling out this righteous Pittsburgh Pirates t-shirt from the “We Are Family” era Bucs! For those uninitiated, the Pirates won the World Series in 1979. Pretty tough to beat the classic Buccos logo! The Pirates used this logo from 1968-1986.

Gladys Knight and the Pips are not afraid to mix plaids and patterns (1974)

Posted in celebrity endorsers, Seventies, style study on May 24, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Grabbed from Ebony Jr. magazine, 1974

Karen Allen in National Lampoon Black Sox t-shirt (1977)

Posted in celebrity endorsers, dames, ephemera, Seventies on April 25, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

I have had a huge crush on Karen Allen since her turn as Marion in Raiders of the Lost Ark, since I was too young to see Animal House or The Wanderers before that. She just has that too-smart-and-funny-for-you but still devoted girlfriend quality about her, ya know? She especially gets me in Scrooged as well (not such much Starman, which is frigging awful).

Enlarge this cute ad to see more of what I mean. I’d LOVE that shirt in an XL!