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Friday, September 16, 2011

Diamondbacks Throwback New Era Caps

All right, time to do some god damned ranting now...........

Last weekend, the Arizona Diamondbacks were having a throwback weekend back to when they wore Purple and Teal uniforms, they switched to Red, Beige, and Black back in 2007. The Diamondbacks New Era caps haven't been produced in purple since 2006 so no non-custom order caps have been produced since then.

With the upcoming throwback weekend, we all knew that New Era was going to produce the caps for the team, so everyone anticipated the upcoming Polyester version of the purple dbacks hat. Turns out, New Era's competency can't expand THAT far. We all know they've fucked up before on throwbacks such as with the Orioles from the 70s and what not, but not on a cap that they discontinued under 5 years ago.

Here is a picture of two Diamondbacks hats next to each other, the left is the authentic dbacks New Era and the right is the version that New Era made for the throwbacks which were sold in the Diamondbacks Official Team Shop.



Here we can see there are some huge differences right off of the bat. The first error is the immense size of the “A” on the front of the cap, it's a good 130% larger than the original caps and the embroidery is mainly flat instead of raised as it should be. The central part of the “A” is also incorrect, as you can see the piece is supposed to be black instead of turquoise.

Many New Era customers were extremely disappointed with the way that they handled this cap, one customer who was disappointed was the team itself! The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't even wear these caps on the field, instead they wore caps they had in stock which dated back to 2006, at least they knew then they would be getting the correct cap to give the throwback uniforms some justice.

Here is a screencap of manager Kirk Gibson the September 9th game vs. the Padres, wearing the correct throwback caps.

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About the only plus about the cap was the fact that it was made in the USA, I was extremely disappointed because I've been an Arizona Diamondbacks fan since their formation in 1998 and I was looking forward to getting a modern throwback hat which is made out of the modern Performance Polyester material, I was so irritated with New Era that I didn't even buy the cap, which is amazing due to the fact that I normally can't let anything Dbacks go.

23 comments:

  1. thats a nice new era hat, and yes the fact its made in Good ol USA makes it that much better. Quality hat

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  2. Quality hat, I would definitely wear it, purple is my colour ha ;-)

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  3. Just went to a dbacks game less than a week ago. Awesome to see them doing so well. Although, this news saddens me. Good for the team, though, to show their disgust at the hat design.

    Loving the blog, by the way. Looking forward to new posts. +1 Follower

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  4. Not really a big fan of this kind of sport, but, good post, anyway.
    Keep working. :)

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  5. I like hats but I don't wear it much unless I grow my hair :P

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  6. went thru a mad phase of wearing new era caps, but they dont really suit me soo i gave up on them :( love them thoo

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  7. Damn, I want all of these hats so bad.

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  8. Well Im a big fan of caps, but I kinda dont like these, dont know why, not my style.

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  9. That's a dope cap. Might have to cop that one.

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  10. i dont get what the big deal with authentic sports hats are last time i checked you can buy stickers for cents!

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  11. Its always about style and the money.

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  12. What thquagmire said.

    Nice blog though. +followed.

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  13. A little attention to detail could go a long damn way. It's not even like that attention to detail could have cost the manufacturers more.

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  14. Not a diamondbacks fan but I actually like those hats.

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  16. @John Koder

    Cranium Fitteds always has a crappy selection for my Diamondbacks though :(

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