If you’re getting a game together and need some gear, Brett Lowman is one guy who can probably help. He never runs out of sports equipment. Of course, you probably should be prepared to play the old fashioned way. Leather helmets for football. Flat gloves with small pockets for baseball. Lowman runs Play OK Antiques, a business that specializes in antique sports equipment.
This year, some of his stuff made the big screen.
Lowman was one of a few dealers in vintage equipment who got a call from the props department at a Hollywood movie studio and supplied them with the tools of the trade for a big-time production. It’s Lowman’s 1940’s era gloves that you’ll see in some of the scenes.
Inside his booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention, he talked with us about being a supplier to the stars.
Chris Childers of Atlanta also provided items that were used in the movie.
“In addition to handling lots of sports and other types of auctions. I also provide props for many different movies and television shows filming in the Atlanta area,” he stated.
“Prior to the beginning of the filming of the Jackie Robinson biopic. I was contacted, and ask to provide lapel pins, buttons, badges and other items for the movie. One of the most interesting items, was a gold ‘Ike’ lapel pin, that had a bust of the former president, along with the letters IKE underneath. The items that I provided, can be seen throughout the movie. It was truly an honor to play a small part, in such a great film.”
Childers also scours the country for items for his auction business. You can see some of them on his Facebook page.