Showing posts from August, 2010

Collector's Corner

While I am waiting to finish my current Ballcap Blog projects, I will be featuring collectors and their collections. I'm sure some of you are curious about my collection, so I will go first.

Name / Age / Occupation: Paul Carr, 23. Teacher’s Aide, Student, and Drummer (

How I began collecting: When I was a kid I in the mid-90s, I loved baseball. I always wanted to wear the caps the pros wore, my first pro cap was a Chicago Cubs road cap I got when I was 9 years-old in 1995. Around that time, I received a bunch of 70s baseball cards from my grandparents as a gift. I was fascinated by all the bright-colored caps and odd-looking logos I had never seen before. I went to a local flea market and someone was selling a few old caps. For some reason I ended up with an 80s Angels cap made by New Era which I still have in mint condition today. I also had some kind of sports magazine that advertised the remakes made by Roman and I had my parents order me a few of those. I s…

The San Diego Padres "Taco Bell" Caps (Part 2)

The “Taco Bell” cap saga continues.

After my blog about the Padres 70s & 80s "taco bell" caps I received several emails regarding versions of the caps I never knew existed. There have also been some recent happenings regarding the Padres this season and the bell caps. Let’s discuss.

At some point, the 70s-style bell caps had overlapped “SD” logos instead of interlocked ones. I’m guessing it was the earlier ones. I thought I had noticed one before, but a Ballcap Blog reader sent me pictures of several examples. Here is one below.

It turns out that Roman did make a 70s-style bell cap, but it appears to have been under Mitchell & Ness. I received an email with a picture and I was told that they were made for a “Turn Back the Clock Game” about eight or so years ago. There is no manufacturers tag and the cap was leftover from the lot sent to the team. After some research, I found that Mitchell & Ness did indeed sell these in retail, which I confused with American Needle.…

The Chronology of New Era Cap Tags

The history of the New Era Cap Company has been well documented, so we won’t get into that right now. New Era has been the dominant cap maker in Major League Baseball and anything baseball-related for decades, steam-rolling the competition, and now has been the exclusive cap maker for Major League Baseball since 1994 (what monopoly?), after beating out final competitor Sports Specialties Corp.

The oldest New Era cap in my collection is a St. Louis Browns cap circa 1946 to 1949. Don’t ask me how much I paid for it! Anyway, New Era basically used the same tags inside their caps from the early days all the way until 1984. Since then they have changed rapidly, usually about every two years. Now, by tags I mean their manufacturers’ label on the back-center of the sweatband inside the cap, as well as the size tags and what-not.

Let's take a look at the evolution of New Era’s tags from the beginning to the present day. All years are approximate as it’s hard to tell exactly what years they …

Classic Roman Pro Cap Company Advertisement

Please enjoy this classic Roman Pro Cap Company advertisement a fellow collector sent to me. It was scanned out of an old catalog. It shows 50 samples of what Roman had to offer. I have a poster version of this ad. I'm sure at one time or another Roman had hundreds of styles to choose from. Just click to enlarge it!

By the way, I made a few updates to the "Holy Grails" blog below, so please check it out again. I already have more blogs written and waiting to be published to stay posted and keep checking back!

Holy Grails

Updated 8/4/10

Here we will discuss the “holy grails” for baseball cap collectors. These are caps that were prototypes, or only used for spring training, a special occasion, or otherwise anything that was not likely mass-produced or for some reason are very hard to find.

Let’s take a look:

1957 San Francisco Giants Prototype (1): Willie Mays is shown at a late 1957 press conference wearing this cap.

1957 San Francisco Giants Prototype (2): This cap design showed up on baseball cards before the official designs came out. They were never real (the logo was airbrushed onto the cap), and I doubt if any were made.

196? Chicago Cubs “Thin C”: The Cubs used this “thin C” variation at some point during the 60s. It’s not my cup of tea, that’s for sure! It was made by McAuliffe/KM Pro Cap Company. The Cubs rarely used their caps and I’m sure this one didn’t do them any favors. However, I have seen McAuliffe/KM Cubs caps with a correct logo.

1967 Washington Senators White Cap: This cap was worn along …