2013 Padres Taco Bell Caps

So I said that my next post would be about the caps from Moneyball, but there has been an unforeseen delay. I should have it done in the next week or so.

This past Friday (May 17th), the Padres had a 1984 "Turn Back The Clock" game vs. the Nationals. The Nationals did not participate, which is unfortunate. I would have loved to see them wear 1984 Expos uniforms.

 The taco bell caps were identical to the 2011 1983/1984 TBTC caps. The good news is that THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE IN RETAIL. The bad news is that they will be made in China like the 2011 taco bells. MLB shop is already taking orders HERE. Oddly, if you look at the photo of the cap at MLB shop there is one missing detail: There are no eyelets on the front panels! This has been a recent issue with reproduction taco bell caps that I mentioned before. However, the caps that the players wore in the game DID have eyelets. Either the photo at MLB shop is a prototype that didn't have eyelets, or someone that works in the Padres clubhouse put eyelets on all the player's caps. I won't know until I actually get one of these in my hands. Another mystery is the material. The 2011 caps were a combination of wool and polyester. I don't know yet if these are 100% polyester or not. Hatclub.com will also be receiving some by the end of the month, but I was informed that theirs will be different (a more accurate bell shape).

In other news, the Tampa Bay Rays will be wearing their "fauxback" Padres knock-off uniforms again this season. Their version of the Taco Bell caps will also be available in retail with the correct panel instead of a full panel like last season. Like the Padres caps, they will also be made in China.


  1. I see from the Hatclub pic that the bell curves is getting closer, but it's still WAY too big in size; by at least 1/2" to 1" in places. The yellow panel meets where the eyelet would be. There should be plenty of room to put that eyelet in its proper place. The brown stitch on the yellow panels & brown squatchee on the 1970s version is still maddening. I wouldn't spend good money on it but I'd still wear it.

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