The more great stuff that comes pouring in from our amazing readers, the greater the temptation to package it into a unified theme. I’ve mostly resisted the urge because I don’t want to limit the scope of whatever it is we are trying to do here, or in any way discourage the flow of forgotten treasures by only focusing on certain items. Today, however, as I looked through my ever-expanding selection, I decided I had enough to put out a post of nothing but Iron Bowl. I’ve already touched on the series before and fully expect to revisit it (repeatedly), but here is a collection of Auburn vs. Alabama pieces from throughout the years.
Iron Bowl Ticket Stubs (1983, 1987, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007)
I love looking back at old ticket stubs. The art, the color, the antiquated prices (only $20 in 1993). It’s interesting to see the same art used in 1983 and 1987, as well as a slight variation in 1997 (now with “Jordan-Hare” on the football). The 1995 game ticket pictured was my first Iron Bowl as a student, though I had a generic looking student ticket punch card and not this handsome keepsake. Also note that every one of the tickets pictured is from a year that Auburn won. I’m sure that’s a coincidence.
Alabama Game T-Shirt (1989)
“I have the T-shirts from 12/2/89 to go with “Media Guide and Alabama Game Program (1989)!” It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!”
WDE – Chad Smith
This t-shirt features the same great Neel artwork that was used on the game program and ticket and looks to be in excellent shape for a nearly 23 year old garment. While that is the item of note, I’m also digging the old school pouncing Tiger polo.
Iron Bowl Game Program (1995)
This one is from my personal collection. As mentioned above it is from my first Iron Bowl as a student (first ever, really). I didn’t buy a lot of programs in my poor student days, but this game was special. ESPN Gameday was on campus for the first time and I got up early to head over to their set outside of the stadium. The campus was buzzing and I walked around for hours taking it all in. I didn’t even realize I still had this until I did a little digging this weekend in my basement storage area and found it in a box of old college stuff. It’s still in pristine condition and features some of my favorite non-Phil Neel cover art highlighting great moments in the series.
Iron Bowl sticker (1983)
“I purchased this outside Legion Field right after the game. It still has rainwater marks”.
A classic score-flaunting bumper sticker from the Tigers second consecutive victory against the Tide. Sadly, the “BRING ON NEBRASKA!!!” never came to be or we might have an extra National Championship banner hanging in our stadium.
Alabama Score Poster (1993)
“My Dad got this after the game and then ran into Coach Dye. Even got a pic of him signing it.”
Another score-flaunting item from Terry’s Tigers’ undefeated season (do they still sell these outside of the stadium after big games? I don’t get to go to enough to know, sadly). Bonus points for the Dye autograph. Double bonus points for the “Whoop! There it Is!” reference. (That song will be in my head for the rest of the day now.)
“DAM THE TIDE” Bumper Sticker (?)
“Not quite sure where it came from, or how old it is, but found this in a box of my step-dads things after he passed a few years ago. Love me some double entendre. WDE”
– Stephen Walker
I’m pretty sure that bumper sticker says all that needs to be said.
That’ll do it for today, but we should be back soon with another edition (for previous installments, go here). Thanks again to all who have contributed. Please keep it coming ([email protected] or @FearlessandTrue).
P.S. The orange jersey streak may have ended, but the dream lives on.
* Alabama in Auburn gear
* Bo Jackson’s pencil mustache
* VIDEO: Dog dominates 1964 Auburn scrimmage
* Secondhand Shug
* Smithsonian Magazine photographs kid in Auburn hat at Texas prom
* The WiFi Network Names of Auburn
* Auburn’s Legend of Zelda
* Tomatoes growing at Toomer’s Corner
* That OTHER time they burned the Glom
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I love this new War Eagle Relics column… Keep it coming!!
Why hasn’t “Dam the Tide” caught on? Auburn entrepreneurs … there is a gap in the insult market here!
Thanks, trueaufan. I’m really enjoying doing it and have enough in the bank to keep it coming for a while longer.
I’m putting out an APB for an original PUNT BAMA PUNT sticker. Anybody got one they would be willing to sell?
Late 60’s or Early 70’s when AU was still using the Eagle coming through the A.
The one that was popular in mid-70’s was the take off of the Bud commercials ” When You Say War Eagle, You’ve Said It All”
Stephen (@walker_stephen) says
The “Dam The Tide” is a bumper sticker; but I wouldn’t degrade the sticker to put it on my car…
I forgot about the “First time ever at Jordan-Hare” shirt that my stepdad had. He also had a pretty swanky jacket (with the eagle flying through the A) on the left chest; that I still rock to this day and is older than I am…
Stephen, you can’t tease a jacket like that and not send in a pic for a future Relics.
Col Tom says
Last year I was going through an old briefcase that had been my father’s and that I used for several years – very unusual looking one and evidently it had been a gift to my Dad. I found a mint condition (I mean absolutely pristine) ticket from the 1989 Auburn/Alabama game. I had three tickets to the game, have one stub (remember they didn’t tear the tickets to that game) in a small frame on my desk, my brother has the other and I had no idea what ever happened to the third one until I happened to open that briefcase.
Stephen (@walker_stephen) says
I apologize to you sir. I did not mean to taunt you. I assure you I will take a picture of the jacket and send it to the appropriate people ASAP.
Van P in Illinois says
Thanks for the link to my GameDay article, guys!
I have two framed sets of (mostly) Auburn tickets from the 1980s-2009. The UGA part of it showed up in a 2010 column here. I’ll have to photograph and send you the whole things. There’s lots there to enjoy, which I do every time I stop and look at it.
Here are some of my favorite slogans from the past. I assume you guys recognize them…
AUBURN HAS A GOOD LAWYER
(That was from the late 80s and referred to Tillman; might have been even more appropriate a few years later…!)
10-0. SHUT DOWN, SHUT OUT, SHUT UP!
NOTHING STINKS LIKE A WET DAWG
NIGHTMARE IN JORDAN HARE
CATCH A BUZZ IN HOTLANTA
KICK EM IN THE VOLS
And of course the slogan that I jokingly suggested for an AU Bookstore button the week we played the NE Louisiana Indians, which they actually freakin’ printed, and then immediately confiscated and destroyed:
CANCEL THE RESERVATION!
Van P in Illinois says
Whoops my bad! I suggested that slogan as my “actual” suggestion, and they didn’t print it. Instead they printed TRAIL OF TEARS, which I never actually thought they would ever ever ever do. That’s the one that got confiscated. Aggh!