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The lofty invention of sublimation printing technology which has only initiated with the textile industry, has currently crossed the boundaries of sports arena. Hence, the collections of uniforms for different sports like soccer and polo can get a new touch of grace and panache with the help of this technological advancement so that they can appear immensely stunning to the viewers, drawing in more sponsors as well as help the team owners create unique brand identity for promotion. But there are certain things to take into considerations if you want to get your team uniforms customized with proper sublimations prints and techniques. Take a brief look at the following guidelines.
Opt for the right fabric
It is to be noted that there are only a few choices in fabrics which can gel with the sublimation printing process. Amongst other synthetic fibers, polyester is wide favored for their great moisture-wicking and contouring qualities. Lightweight and breathable, it can pull away excess sweat and perspiration from the body and help keep the players dry and fresh all day. In fact it exudes brighter colors and prints, especially if you choose white for the base.
Enhance the appeal of the jerseys
Players in their stunning jerseys not only grab lots of eyeballs but also make the overall game exciting for the audience and the sponsors. So make sure that you get your sublimated soccer uniforms in proper colors, prints and designs. You can choose brighter shades of blue and red on white or light color base to increase the visibility of the outfits. You must also urge the manufacturer to use sublimation ink to print your team logo, players’ names and numbers. While you send these custom details, get the letters, number and other prints done in stylized fonts and contrasting shades to ensure lasting impression on the viewers.
Make a proper mishmash in clothes
For polo team owners choosing the proper structure and fit of the t-shirt with ideal pants is very important. While finding the right length and fit in asublimated polo shirt matters a lot, the choice of colors for each part, both upper and lower, makes a lot of differences. Even soccer team heads should check out the length of the jersey shorts. Whether you want them to be tight fitted or slouchy ones, make sure that they are customized well as per your color choices and prints. You can also have them with stripes or checks keeping the design of the tees bare minimum so that each part can have a good contrasting effect.
Logo embossing should be right
After sending the color and design choices, it is mandatory to send your preferred logo styles. While the manufacturer lets you choose from plenty of font styles and designs, they also help you affirm the location where you want them to be placed so that they stand out and become visually accepted by the viewers. However, with the sublimation process, you can get hold of the most stunning and appeasing outfits for your players and the team.
We get this question all the time from customers, and while we do not pretend to be Polly/Paulie Homemaker, we do know a thing or two about how to care for custom screen printed apparel after being in this business for nearly 3 decades! Of course the quality of the shirt or other apparel item is very important to its wearability over time and that’s why our custom screen printed apparel items are sourced from some of the best manufacturers in the business such as Hanes, Nike, and Adidas to name just a few! (Don’t you just hate it when you get a new t-shirt and then take it out of the dryer after the first wash and find that it will only fit your daughter’s stuffed teddy bear?) There really is an art to washing (and drying) screen printed apparel and we have a few tips to share!
First, always use cold water. There’s really no reason to wash clothes in hot water unless you’re a hospital or a hotel laundering sheets and towels. Cold water will get your clothes clean and it’s certainly gentler on the fabric.
Second, don’t use bleach or other strong detergent products. Like using hot water, there’s no good reason to use harsh cleaning products on your clothes. Use a stain remover on spots but try to stay away from bleach all together. You don’t have to use Woolite but use a mild detergent on your clothes.
Third, turn your clothes inside out before you wash and dry them. Most people already do this with t-shirts and jeans, but all of your clothes will benefit from the inside out maneuver to prevent fading and to protect printing and embellishments.
Fourth, do not put your clothes in a hot dryer. We cannot stress enough this point about hot air and your clothes. Never set the dryer on its highest heat settings when you want to dry clothes (towels don’t mind being cooked in the dryer!), and always remove them from the dryer before they are completely dry to hang up or lay out to finish drying. High heat is probably the worst enemy of custom printed apparel (and most clothes).
Fifth, wash similar clothes together and we’re not just talking about colors! We all have had the occasional “pink” socks, t-shirts, and underwear due to an errant red clothing item sneaking into the white wash, but color separation is not the real issue. You want a load of wash to have similarly textured clothes to limit the amount of rubbing each item receives. Fabric rubbing is a quick way to create pills (even if you have a cloth shaver it’s a pain to have to use it!), and custom printed items could crack and peel from too much friction. Just imagine rubbing a piece of sandpaper on your skin. That’s how a t-shirt feels when it’s washed with towels.
Yes we really are writing about how to do laundry but we are because it is important to take good care of your clothes and especially your favorite custom printed apparel. If you have any other clothes-care tips you’d like to share with our readers please send them along. While we are experts in custom screen printing and embroidery we do fall a bit short as domestic divas and dudes!
Screen Printed uniforms should be washed immediately after each use if at all possible, in cold water.
The rinse cycle should also be set to cold water.
We recommend using Tide or a similar detergent in cold water.
Prior to washing, turning the garments inside out will help preserve the screen printing or pre-printed lettering. This will also help prevent the garment from prematurely fading.
Do NOT wash uniforms with other items, such as towels!
DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH!
Heavily soiled garments (grass, dirt, clay mud, or any other heavy stain) using a pretreatment is recommended.
- Spray ‘n Wash or Shout can be sprayed on the soiled areas and left for about 15 minutes before washing
- Gels can be rubbed into stains and left for overnight absorption to loosen up the stain – wash next day
- OxyClean can also be used during wash cycle in cold water
- Ink stains should be sprayed with hair spray and rubbed together until the stain is gone. Then wash garment in cold water.
DO NOT DRY UNIFORMS ON HIGH HEAT.
If you must use a dryer, us damp dry or air dry with no heat. High heat will cause shrinking, bleeding of garments, printing to crack, and twill to wrinkle.
DO NOT OVERLOAD WASHER.
Remove uniforms immediately after washing and hang garments to dry.
DO NOT OVERLOAD DRYER.
Uniforms will stick together, especially if they have been screen printed.
Remove jerseys immediately from dryer (if dried at all) and hang dry.
Uniforms placed in dryer can and will cause damage to all types of garments that are customized. This is the #1 reason a garment has issues with printing cracks or peeling.
DO NOT DRY CLEAN OR IRON.
To avoid static and lint build-up, use anti-static agent such as dryer sheets.
No single piece of sport memorabilia better defines collecting passion and team dedication than the jersey. A jersey’s colors connect the fan to their team. It also connects the team to its fanbase. Jerseys don’t do any good tucked away in a closet. There they go unseen and unappreciated. Jerseys should be preserved and displayed proudly. Also, a coat hanger isn’t the best way preserve a jersey’s value. Using jersey frames is a complicated process. They require properly folding, safely affixing the jersey to a secure surface, custom-cutting mat-board and framing in a solid wood frame that has protective UV glass or acrylic.
Undertaking this process by yourself is not advised.
So what criteria should a collector look for when selecting a professional jersey framer? First, steer clear of all traditional art framers and art supply stores. Most lack the expertise needed to protect the value of the jersey. They may damage it during the framing process.
Jersey framing should be only be done by professionals experienced in working with collectibles and archiving. Additionally, the framer should be experienced specifically with framing collectible jerseys.
Below is a list of questions you should ask and things to look for in someone’s gallery of jersey frames.
Layout and Folding
How are the jerseys folded? Is an iron used? Are the sleeves of the jersey and their patches visible?
What type of jersey frames are used? Is it flat or a shadow box? While either will work, a shadow box allows for more customization where items like balls, photos and other items can be used to create a three-dimensional display.
Look for a vendor that only uses high-quality wood, matting and moldings, and acid-free archival backing. Available options for jersey frames should include special UV-protective glass, suede, outline matting, and Plexiglass.
It is possible to mount a jersey to a backing so that the jersey material does not come into contact with any pins, staples, tape or adhesives. This can be done by fitting the jersey around a foam core, which will preserve its shape. The foam core is attached to the frame backing and not the jerse
DIY Jersey Frames
The above guidelines apply in particular to collectible jerseys that are either autographed or game-used. For information on do-it-yourself jersey framing of less expensive, store-bought jerseys or if you simply insist on doing it yourself, here are some step-by-step instructions and resources.
- Measure your jersey to pick the right sized frame. Most jerseys will fit in either a 30″ x 36″ or 32″ x 40″ frame.
- Lay the jersey out in the desired position (and orientation to the frame) on the matte backing board inside the shadow box frame or foam board if using a standard frame.
- Fold and iron the uniform so that the player name, number and sleeve patch logos are visible.
- Iron the jersey on the folds.
- Temporarily pin the uniform to backing using stainless steel framing pins. Stainless steel pins are ideal as they will not rust or discolor. They will also not damage the jersey fabric.
- Stitch the jersey to the mat board with needle and thread. Stitching areas include; below the neckline, at the start of each sleeve, and at the bottom hem. Be sure the thread goes through the back of the jersey so it doesn’t show. Knot the ends of the thread behind the backboard and tape them down to the back of the matte to hold them securely.
- Close the shadow box and hang proudly. If you are using a traditional frame follow these additional steps before hanging:
- Remove the protective film from one side of the Plexiglass. Lay that side down firmly on top of the jersey. Once it is aligned straight, peel the film from the other side of the Plexiglass.
- Attach the sides of the frame. Many frames will simply click together, you may have to use special mounting brackets and clips to properly secure the frame.
Ever wondered why ice hockey jerseys, after all these years, are still so highly popular, even among the non-fans? Well, because they are super causal and stylish, duh. This makes it quite a no-brainer for small clothing businesses to stock wholesale ice hockey jerseys- even during non-NHL season. Here are 7 tips to help you bag the best wholesale of these jerseys
- Be considerate of different types of consumers. There are professional players, amateurs, fans and then non-fans. They all have diverse needs and preferences. Plus the amount they will be ready to spend on these jerseys will also vary.
- Also, for whatever reasons, many bulk buyers overlook women consumers. Don’t do that.
- You don’t necessarily have to go with print jerseys all the time. Sometimes the blank ones are just as good choice- especially for the non-fans, who don’t have any clue about teams and players and wear these jerseys as causal and style wear.
- Talking about casual and style, you should, if needed, customize yourwholesale ice hockey jerseys to make them more appealing. Play with different color combinations, designs, and texts.
- About size, you don’t always have to look for moderate or perfect fit. Many people look for baggy jerseys. Of course these are non-players.
- When targeting the players, be highly considerate of the quality of these wears. Ensure that they are made using dri-fitted fabrics, have high ventilating properties and are light in weight.
- To play it safe, wholesale custom ice hockey jerseys Australia, USA, Canada of teams and players that are most popular at the time and people are backing them.
If you play ultimate, you probably have an opinion about sublimated jerseys. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that they are an integral part of our sport.
For our part, we’ve seen great designs and terrible ones, and the pattern is not random. Here’s a quick list of tips to help you design a truly great sub jersey!
PSST Do you have the graphic design chops to make your own sub gear? Download the photoshop sub templates to get started!
1. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUBLIMATION & SCREEN PRINTING
Designing screen printed ultimate gear is kind of like directing an indie movie. Costs are relatively low, but restrictions abound.
You, as director, are often forced to come up with creative ways to get your point across without shelling out for fancy camera effects or insane computer graphics.
Designing sub jerseys on the other hand, is more like directing a multi-million dollar superhero flick. It costs a lot more to produce, but the “cool factor” is a much higher, and there are very, very few restrictions.
As director of a film of this magnitude, you will rarely, if ever, be constrained by anything but your imagination.
“Sublimation” is actually a technical term for the transition of a substance directly from a solid to a gas, without becoming a liquid in between. (more here if you want to really nerd out)
Here’s a graphic of how we use sublimation to design a sublimated jersey. You can find a depiction of how we screen print on gear by heading to our previous post 3 Things Every College Captain Should Know About Screen Printing.
With a sub jersey, you quite literally start with a blank sheet of paper. Anything that can be printed by a color printer can be applied to a sub jersey.
Yeah, it’s pretty darn cool, but having unlimited options and lots of space to fill can be overwhelming for captains.
Unfortunately some of them fall into the trap of the blockbuster director, shouting random words like “more explosions!” and “throw a dinosaur riding a pink-bearded mountain-man on there!”.
Don’t get me wrong: our designers aim to please, and they won’t stop you from adding a third leprechaun to your fleet of six unicorns puking rainbow lightning. But they will certainly have opinions about how your jersey looks on the whole. If you ever want their opinion, all you have to do is ask.
2. START WITH A VISION
We offer unlimited free art assistance here at Five, but you’re going to have a better outcome if you start the process with SOME idea of what you want the final product to look like.
In or post on getting custom gear as quickly as possible, we laid out a short process for how to brainstorm a ballin’ jersey. The same elements apply here:
If you don’t have a good idea of what you want your gear to look like, we recommend the following brainstorming process:
- Take 20 minutes and imagine your ideal sub jersey. Does it have a ton of color? Is it a parody of your favorite throwback NBA shirt? Write these ideas down as they occur to you. Even broad themes are helpful at this stage.
- Use Google image search to find design elements that are similar to your vision. If you can’t find what you want, try drawing it by hand. A black marker on white paper is the best option for drawings, and if you can get your hands on a scanner that’s preferable to a smart phone pic.
- Email us with your vision and examples. We’ll take it all in and make it into a ballin’ design for free!
3. GIVE YOURSELF SOME PARAMETERS
You’d think that unlimited options would result in better blockbuster movies AND better sublimated jersey designs. But it turns out that the opposite is true.
In our experience, having some restrictions actually helps you to create a better outcome, because it forces you to find smarter, cleaner, more interesting ways to get your point across. Check out the jerseys we’ve got in the works for Tron for example. Less is definitely more here:
You should try to act like a low-budget indie director when you approach your sublimated design, even though your “budget” for what is possible, is limited only to your imagination.
Tips number 4 & 5 below offer some ideas for parameters you might give yourself.
4. MAKE FRIENDS WITH SUBTLE PATTERNS
Fill your negative space with one of these babies and your jersey will come out with a texture that adds depth from afar and visual intricacy up-close.
Scandal’s 2016 jerseys do an excellent job incorporating a subtle pattern, and their jerseys are better for it.
Unintended bonus: your defenders will be too busy staring at your shirt to realize you’re about to blow by them up-line!
5. WHEN IN DOUBT, CENTER THE DESIGN AROUND YOUR PRIMARY LOGO
Let’s look at my own team, Birdfruit, as an example here.
We could ditch our two-color logo, which has identified our team from its inception, in favor of a photorealistic pile of fruit with a macaw thrown into the mix, but that doesn’t mean we should.
… I dont really want to play in this.
Instead, we’d be better off finding a way to spruce up our logo for a sublimated design. A good way to do this is byadding texture or a gradient to a classic logo. These elements are impossible to create using screen printing, and can help bring your old logo to life without obscuring its identity.
6. ASK US WHAT WE THINK
Hey, here’s a radical idea: you can always ask what our designers think of a change you’re imagining!
They’ve seen it all, and they know what looks good. Trust them when they tell you that you probably shouldn’t add a third Maryland flag, or a Seattle skyline to your jersey.
Replica jerseys are so prevalent that teams are changing their uniform designs and wearing alternate tops simply to sell them and squeeze more money from fans. This widespread popularity, however, necessitates some NFL-like rules about when, where and how to wear your jersey.
Here, then, are the Fashion Dos and Don’ts for replica jerseys …
1. Beware where you wear. Replica jerseys are always appropriate at the ballpark or softball field. They are fine for the living room or the backyard, as well, though your spouse might not always agree. Sports bars, taverns and pizza joints work, too, depending on your demographics. (See Rule No. 2.) But notevery venue and situation is acceptable.
Do not wear a replica jersey on a date (unless you don’t want to go on another one). Do not wear a replica jersey to a nice restaurant (i.e., one that doesn’t offer unlimited waffle fries). Do not wear a replica jersey to a church, mosque or synagogue. (Ballparks are the only appropriate cathedrals for jerseys.) And never wear a replica jersey to a wedding, unless, of course, that wedding is at a ballpark.
2. Fans of a certain age … Hey, I’m not telling you not to show your support for your favorite team. I’m just saying that when you reach your 30s, your spouse just might be right: You run the risk of looking like a literal closet case when you wear a replica jersey anywhere other than an athletic event. It’s a bit like wearing your old high school letterman’s jacket.
But don’t throw the jerseys away, either, no matter what your spouse says. Given enough decades — say, sometime after you reach 60 — you won’t look like a sad sack in a replica jersey anymore. Instead, you’ll appear refreshingly passionate, hip and years younger.
3. Get the look right. They’re called replicas for a reason: They’re supposed to replicate the actual jerseys that players wear. It’s bad enough having to stare at all those Yankees fans wearing replica jerseys. But for goodness’ sakes, don’t make the rest of us look at Yankees jerseys that aren’t even accurate. The Yankees do not have names on the back of their jerseys! Same goes for old Red Sox road jerseys. There is nothing that makes a fan look more clueless than wearing a jersey with Jeter, Sabathia or Yastrzemski written across the back.
Sheesh, you might as well wear a pink cap with it. (Note: Pink caps are acceptable only when they are part of baseball’s breast cancer awareness initiative, as we saw on Mother’s Day.)
4. Players only. The only thing worse than seeing a player’s name on the back of a Yankees jersey is seeing a fan with his own name on the back of a jersey, as if the wearer is actually eligible for a postseason share. It might be a well-intentioned gesture to give a family member a jersey with the recipient’s name on the back, but to actually wear it in public can make you look like a dork. Just don’t do it. You’re a fan, not a player.
The only time your name should be on the back of a replica jersey is if the last name on your driver’s license is Mauer, Verlander, Cabrera, Ichiro or the name of some other actual player who wears that jersey.
5. Real men wear buttons. Stay classy. Only wear authentic, button-up jerseys. Do not go cheap with a polyester pullover jersey unless you’re buying a Turn Back the Clock jersey from the 1970s and early ’80s. (And if you’re doingthat, why?)
And finally …
6. Know when to say when. Replica jerseys are great, but pairing them with replica pants is going too far. And definitely don’t wear white home pants after Labor Day.
With their bright colors and patterns, women’s cycling jerseys and tops are definitely stylish, fashionable and visible (making you safer in traffic). What makes them truly special, though, is that they’re actually technical clothing pieces with fabrics engineered for specific functions, like wicking, breathing, and sometimes, even blocking the sun’s UV rays.
This makes them much more comfortable and useful than even designer T-shirts. And, they’re way better to ride in than a basic cotton tee that can catch the wind slowing you down like a parachute. Or, get damp and stay damp making you feel uncomfortable.
To help you select the right tops to be ready for all your riding, here are some tips:
Women’s and men’s cuts in jerseys and tops vary. Women’s come in at the waist and flare at the hips for a more natural, flattering fit. Men’s have a box shape, often with a slight taper to the waist. As with all clothing, you’ll want to find the best fit by trying things on.
Most manufacturers offer multiple fits geared toward the different types of riding, so if you can think of how you ride, you can select the right top. There’s casual, relaxed, pro and even urban, club, and race.
The pro fit is contoured and fitted so women who like to ride at speed do not have flapping fabric slowing them down. The sleeves usually have elastic at the hem to keep them in place and the back of the jersey is longer than the front to provide coverage when you’re in an aggressive riding position.
The relaxed fit is often just a roomier version of the pro fit for women who do not like a skin-hugging look or need a little more room. And the casual fit is often similar to a women’s tee and typically lacks the elastic in the sleeves and hem. Designed for a more upright riding position, the front and back are close to, if not the same length. There are also casual jerseys with a crew neck or V-neck style.
All jerseys are made from fabrics that wick moisture to keep you dry, comfy and cooler on warm days. Many tops incorporate different materials in different places to speed cooling, such as mesh sides. There are new specially-treated fabrics that actually increase the cooling sensation (a xylitol treatment is one such technology). Though less common in women’s styles, compression technology is also available for greater muscle support, often in strategic panels but not a full jersey.
Sleeves are another consideration. Fitted jerseys often have raglan sleeves (think baseball jersey) for a nicer fit in motion. A raglan sleeve is shaped like a triangle that starts at the neck and wraps around the shoulder and upper arm. Set-in sleeves are like those of a traditional T-shirt. They start at the shoulder and cover the upperarm. More casual designs might use a cap sleeve, a small, short sleeve that starts at the shoulder and provides coverage to the shoulder but not much more.
Except for the more casual fits, most jerseys have elastic at the waist to help keep it in place and prevent wind blowing beneath. Some also add a gripper to keep the jersey from sliding up over your hips as you change positions, stand to climb, etc.
Women’s jerseys and tops have zippers that make it easy to get them on/off and allow convenient ventilation. Longer zippers let you let in more air, which is handy in warm weather and if you ride in hilly terrain and constantly heat up and cool off over the ups and downs.
A full zip is especially convenient if you wear bib shorts because it means not having to remove your helmet to pull the jersey over your head to take it off. There are also “invisible” zippers that are sewn into the jersey in such a way that they hide when up. This way they don’t interfere with the jersey’s print design.
Many women’s race-style jerseys will have three pockets across the back just like traditional men’s jerseys. However, since women have smaller backs and narrower waists, many manufacturers are putting only two pockets across the back for a better fit, which you may or may not like, since that’s one less pocket to carry your essentials.
Some designers incorporate a hidden rear pocket for an MP3 player, phone or keys. Casual and mountain styles will often have just one hidden zip back pocket that doesn’t scream “biker!” when you stop for some ice cream or wear it to Spin class.
Some jerseys with pockets for MP3 players incorporate a method of headphone cord management. Even more common are reflective accents for safety.
For those who do not want tan lines or are looking more for fashion than function, check out these styles:
Sleeveless Jerseys have the same fit and features as sleeved models but without sleeves.
Halter Tops have completely open backs with no shoulder straps and a built-in shelf bra. You get the fewest tan lines. They’re fitted with a loose hem.
Camis have narrow, sometimes adjustable shoulder straps and a built-in shelf bra. They’re fitted.
Tanks have wide shoulder straps like a traditional sports bra, and may incorporate a built-in shelf bra. They’re fitted in the top and a little looser at the waist. They may have a pocket or two. This is the common style used for triathlon-specific tops.
Shelf Bras are built-in bras that eliminate extra tan lines. These are usually best for small to medium cup sizes. Women with larger busts may still want to wear a sports bra underneath for better support.
Long-Sleeve Jersey Styles
While they’re practical, long-sleeve jerseys for women aren’t all that common. This is because they’re usually too warm for nice-weather riding so they don’t typically get that much use. And, because you can simply wear arm warmers to turn any short-sleeve jersey into a long-sleeve one. A lot of women also wear base layers beneath their short sleeves to get a little extra comfort. Layering means it’s easy to change for the conditions too.
When it comes to identifying teams and fans, few things are more iconic than a baseball jersey. They’re a timeless piece of clothing that combines fashion and team allegiances. But when it comes to buying an MLB jersey, there are a lot of options. These choices can be confusing and, for some, overwhelming.
What’s the difference between an authentic jersey and a replica? Why do some jerseys cost less than $50 while others are cost hundreds? How can you spot a fake? These are some of the questions you should be asking when you consider the jersey you’re going to buy.
Below we highlight some of the most popular types of baseball jerseys and what to look for. If you’re shopping for a specific team, we’ve included some handy links at the end of the article.
Authentic Baseball Jerseys
Presently, authentic baseball jerseys are made by Majestic in the USA. These are just like the ones players wear in MLB games. Made of polyester double-knit material, authentic jerseys are more durable than replica jerseys.
Patches, locker tags and lettering are all sewn directly onto the jersey. Unlike replica jerseys, they also come with sleeve patches and other team-specific patches.
A quick way to identify an authentic jersey versus a replica can be found on the back. Authentic jerseys have an MLB logo sewn on the top-center, just below the neck line.
The latest MLB jerseys use something called Cool Base technology, which is meant to help keep players cool in the summer. It makes the material lighter and offers venting under the armpits. Authentic MLB jerseys have a Cool Base tag.
Knockoff counterfeit jerseys often do not have all the tags. Knockoffs are not licensed by MLB. They can be found much cheaper but aren’t the real thing. It’s similar to buying a faux Gucci bag or a fake Rolex — they have some of the same features but not the prestige.
Authentic MLB jerseys generally cost $175 and up. Sometimes deals can be found when a player is traded. If you see a current player advertised for significantly less, it could be a sign that it’s fake.
Jerseys aren’t sized by the traditional S, M and L and labels. Rather, they’re sized numerically. Here’s what they roughly translate into:
- M – 40
- L – 44
- XL – 48
- XXL – 52
Replica MLB Jerseys
If authentic jerseys are too expensive, replicas are the next best thing. Still fully licensed, they cost a lot less. However, they’re not quite the same quality. Here are some things to expect with replica MLB jerseys
- They are made of less durable fabric.
- Patches and letters are ironed on instead of sewn on.
- They don’t have the MLB logo on the back like authentic jerseys do.
Replica baseball jerseys still let fans show their allegiance. Unless you look closely, there’s really not that much difference. However, replica jerseys cost about half the price.
Batting Practice Jerseys
Batting practice jerseys are worn while players practice their hitting. They’re much plainer than authentic game jerseys, but they’re still fully licensed. Made of lightweight polyester, they have a team logo on the front, the latest versions have Cool Base technology like authentic jerseys do.
Throwback Baseball Jerseys
Throwback baseball jerseys are designed to look like the ones players used to wear. Covering the history of the game, Mitchell & Ness is the exclusive manufacturer of vintage-style jerseys. Each is designed to the exact specifications of the original jerseys, including patches. They’re noted with a Cooperstown Collection tag sewn on to the front.
Throwback jerseys have timeless appeal as they often highlight past greats and fan favorites.
Spotting Fake MLB Jerseys
Collectors should be careful with bootleg or fake MLB jerseys. These are not licensed or official in any way, even if they look legit at first glance. Here are some signs that can help tip you off that a jersey might be fake:
- Poor stitching or materials.
- Lack of proper tags. All authentic jerseys have a tag sewn on the front, normally at the bottom. If there’s no tag, it’s definitely fake.
- The seller is saying the jersey is factory sealed. MLB does not wrap individual jerseys.
- A ridiculously low price.
- If the images provided aren’t very good, ask for higher resolution shots. If the seller doesn’t provide them or dances around the fact, it could mean that they’re hiding something.
- It may sound basic, but sometimes fakes can have major giveaways like spelling mistakes or player names for a team that only uses numbers.
Sometimes people choose to buy bootleg jerseys because of the lower prices. The important thing is that you’re aware of exactly what you’re buying.
What they say: Unable to sell capes at least until we find a way to fly, TENSPEED HERO works up a sweat crafting gear for you to sweat in. We picture steep cliffs, hot tarmac, and breezy coasts as we design with primary colours and other ones, too. Always considering a cyclist’s swiftness and deft determination, if our small friend-based company had a board of directors it would be called the wheel of directors. Together in vibrant regalia, we aim to keep you awake and dreaming.
MACHINES FOR FREEDOM
What they say: “As my passion for cycling grows, the rides get longer, hills get steeper, and the clothes continue to pinch – rub – sag – squeeze – bunch in all the wrong places. I know they can be better. The cycling community has so many intangible qualities to offer women – fitness, community, accomplishment, adventure – we believe women need the right clothes to make those things possible. We’re here to bring women high-quality, high-performance, well thought-out apparel; and in the process, hopefully inspire a few more ladies to join us for a ride.
When I started to get serious about cycling, I became increasingly frustrated by how difficult it was to find great clothes. I’d pack for long riding weekends with my husband and while he was deciding which kits to bring from his vast cycling wardrobe, I was left scrambling to find enough to get me through several continuous days of riding. Then I finally reached my breaking point after 120+ miles and over 10k of climbing left me with several ‘issues’ that required me to take an extended break from my bike. And after talking to women in the cycling community it seemed these problems weren’t ‘just me’,
What they say: “Rapha creates the finest cycling clothing and accessories in the world. Designed without compromise for the most discerning rider, Rapha products blend optimum performance, the finest fabrics and modern style.
A passion for road racing means Rapha is more than just a product company. It is an online emporium of performance roadwear, accessories, publications and events, all celebrating the glory and suffering of road riding.
Everything Rapha does is informed by its passion for the glory and suffering that lie at the heart of the sport. From rides to events, from exhibitions to products, Rapha brings riders together to share this passion. We know that every ride can be an adventure, its own epic story. The compelling features and striking photography on the Rapha website help reaffirm the relationship our customers have with the sport they love.”
What they say: “Ride hard. Have fun. Do good.Nothing makes us happier than riding bikes with friends. Be it the freedom of the open road or the mystery hiding around the next turn on the trail, we are hooked on the possibilities that two wheels brings. We started this company out of the 2 wheeled (pun intended) desire to make jerseys that we wanted to wear and give back to the world we live in.
We hope that you feel proud to wear Forward goods out on your ride, not just because you look great wearing them, but because by buying our gear you are supporting sustainable manufacturing practices and charities working to make the world better.With every purchase, 10% goes towards a great cause and helps make the world a better place.”
The Specialized Ambassador kit is an awesome mix of pattern and colour. You can’t buy this one (gotta earn it!), but you can buy their other great kits here.
What they say: “Is your style all-out and race-ready? If so, you’ll find our SL collection to be just as obsessive as you. But what if you prefer to ride against the landscape, challenging yourself to long, epic days in the saddle? Well, that would be a perfect match for our RBX collection of cycling jerseys and bib shorts. You see, no matter how you ride, we have the clothing to compliment your needs. Whether it’s a fit that’s engineered for comfort or fabrics and cuts designed to make you go faster, our road bike clothing enhances your passions. Suit up. It’s time to ride.”