Tuesday, August 24, 2004
This gallery highlights the fabric patches that Activision offered for achieving high scores on their games. Contestants were instructed to photograph their TV with the high score showing and mail it in, and Activision would send back a patch.I earned a Starmaster patch when I was a kid. I think Activision was going through some tough times, presumably related to the video game "crash" that had taken place a couple of years before, because my patch came with a letter written with a blue ballpoint pen on notebook paper. Both this letter and the patch would probably be worth something on Ebay, but I have no idea where either of them are today.
The last I saw the patch, it was still on the v-neck velour shirt that I had asked my mother to sew it onto. I loved wearing those kinds of shirts because they looked (to me, at least) a lot like a Star Trek uniform. I also used to buy all kinds of NASA patches for those shirts.
When I was in college in the mid-90's I briefly decided to start wearing the v-neck velour shirts again. Unfortunately no one at that time seemed to be making such a thing for men. A female friend suggested I try shopping at a "big woman's" store. A few years later they came back "in" and you could get them at Old Navy, but of course the novelty was gone by then.