"Always Stay Authentic" - The Real Jersey King
There are so many reasons as to why I am missing baseball nowadays. From the sounds of the game, to the smells of the food, to the chatters of the crowd and even to the traffic leaving the ballpark after the final out is called. Now I know it may sound crazy to you; but, one of the things I miss the most are the jerseys and the exclusive patches. Since I was a little kid I have always loved seeing what uniform the away team was wearing. Or was the home team going to wear the classic white home jerseys or maybe the alternative jerseys? Or maybe even the throwback jersey?
I can honestly say that the world of collecting sports jerseys is definitely alive and healthy. Maybe not as prominent as when the hip hop artists wore a size 6XL; but, still strong nevertheless.
Now for me personally, my collection consists of all of the MLB team home and away jerseys. I even went as far as owning half of the alternative jerseys. I must admit, nothing can compare to a Majestic Athletic on field authentic jersey. Unless of course it is a Philly sewn Mitchell and Ness authentic throwback. Or an Ebbets Field Flannel sent straight from Seattle. I truly wish they had "tradeable" stock for these companies, because I would be a rich man today. But all jokes aside, these are not just jerseys to me. They are a cloth cut from history. From 2016-2019 I made sure that every ballpark I stepped foot in that I left with a MLB authenticated jersey, be it either a spring training jersey, a players weekend jersey, or a playoff jersey. I was on the hunt! In 2017 alone I visited over 15+ ballparks and every ballpark I visited I also made sure to wear the associated Mitchell and Ness throwback. It was definitely worth the price of admission. I understand that each sport has their die hard fans, but when it comes to baseball you can tell who is a student of the game just by the jersey that is on their back.
There is definitely a collective community of "Jersey Kings" , where the hierarchy and status of the jersey is ranked by the patches on the sleeve, the year of the jersey, and, of course, the ballplayer. Most importantly is the material used to make the jersey and also what happened during that season to make the jersey and the ballplayer live with us forever.
I can't wait to get back to the ballpark and get back to trading stories and laughs, but, until then leave a picture of you and your prize possessions with a short story in the comment box below!