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Kentucky Pickers: Other People’s Clothes Edition


If there’s one thing Kentucky fans love more than their teams, it’s the stuff they can buy to support them. KSR wants to see your odd and unique UK memorabilia. No, not just your run of the mill UK flag or t-shirt collection. We want the weird stuff. Have a stuffed Wildcat eating a cardinal? Send it in. A portrait of John Calipari made entirely of popcorn? Send it in. The odder, the better.

A lot of you have sent in some pictures of awesome articles of clothing once owned by UK players. Let’s start with Sterling Peck, who owns Ralph Beard’s letterman sweater. In his own words:


Hey Tyler, just wanted to share that I have Ralph Beard’s letter-man sweater from 1947. Back about five years ago, me and my friend would save up our money and try to find crazy stuff like this, meeting some awesome old players like Vernon Hatton and Cliff Hagan along the way. We found a guy named Will who knew some of the older players. He had a huge basement full of old UK basketball stuff and was trying to sell the majority of it. So we called him up and went over there, and it was the craziest collection of UK stuff I’ve ever seen, including Kenny Walker’s shorts and Kyle Macy’s shoes. But this was maybe the coolest thing he had, and he was willing to sell it to me.

Before Beard passed away, he auctioned off a lot of his UK stuff in New York in 2002, and somehow Will found out about it, and got some of it. I’ve always admired Ralph Beard’s story. Even through the point shaving scandal, you could tell he was a very good, decent man. I’ve thought about selling some of the other UK things I have now because of money, but I’m not ever going to get rid of this one! Gotta preserve the history.


Now, Rick Robey’s tube socks, which are owned by Garris Sullivan. Writes his nephew, Donald Cherry:


My uncle Garris Sullivan operated Young’s department store in Russell Springs, KY in 1978 when Rick Robey visited. He recently shared this photo with me from that time. Autographed Rick Robey tube socks from 1978. $2.00 price sticker still on the socks.

Think you can do better? Send us a picture of your unique “UK junk” along with the story behind it and we’ll post the best ones on the website. Email pictures to [email protected] with the subject heading “Kentucky Pickers.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

7 Comments for Kentucky Pickers: Other People’s Clothes Edition

  1. barn
    6:16 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink


  2. Bobbum man
    6:40 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    $2 for socks in 1978?? Rip off

  3. Bobby
    6:47 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    I got one of Adolfo rupps terds

  4. lesigh
    6:48 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    Man, this continuing blog post makes me eye my UK Makers Mark collection as cheap and unimpressive more and more every day. I guess I could always drink them in my sorrows.

  5. letter man
    7:05 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    that sweater is sofa-king sweet … i can totally see WCS sporting that MFer!

  6. Bob
    7:47 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    I have to say the Beard sweater is too cool, and I get to see it everyday since Sterling first bought it over five years ago! His room is full of memorabilia that he has collected over the years. Plus, he sent out wooden squares (4×4) with a silver marking pen asking for autographs. He must have received 100 back from players all over the country. That’s the kind of kid, rather man he is!

  7. iucansuckabigblue......
    10:12 pm May 23, 2013 Permalink

    These are so cool. If no one ever tells you, keep doing these.

    We are the best fanbase of any team. 🙂

    May you rest in peace Mr. Beard