Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Starter Strapbacks

A lot of people are looking for Starter strapbacks these days. Unfortunately for them though, only a fraction of 90s Starter hats featured the leather strap, as opposed to the plastic snap. So you've got to be pretty lucky to get hold of a LA Kings Starter Strapback like this...

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

American Needle Cartoon Snapbacks

More American Needle Blockhead snapbacks in. In the early 90s, American Needle made a number of runs of cartoon character hats, commissioned by Marvel, Hanna Barbera and more.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

American Needle Blockhead Snapbacks. Re-up

Advocated by 2pac, on screen and off, the Blockhead cap was American Needle's greatest accomplishment. This batch, manufactured in '92 shows off the series' best colorways. The red crown Georgetown snapback is as good as they come.

We have Mighty Ducks, Sharks, Kings and Georgetown. We also have Oakland A's in the sister range "Colorz."

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Pendleton Big Lebowski Sweaters


This particular 70s Pendleton sweater is one of the most sought after pieces of knitwear around today. The sweater, with its unique aztec weave was available in a few different colorways.

The style was really made popular by "the dude" from the Coen brothers' cult movie The Big Lebowski. We have the original brown sweater in men's small - click the image above to be taken to the listing.

 
The style has become so popular that Pendleton recently released a revised version, pictured below.  Its not half as dope as the original, which is obviously a good thing - vintage prevails again.


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Fake Vintage Snapback Hats - What to Avoid

The number one source of true vintage snapback hats will always be ebay. The number of different sellers and the competition between traders means that the website will always offer the most diverse stock at the most competitive prices. Unfortunately though eBay also happens to be the number one source of counterfeit merchandise as well.

Ebay has always been full of fake snapback hats, but until recently there has never been fake deadstock hats available. Now its not just sellers in China but all over the US that sell cheap copies of "Sports Specialties" and even "Starter" hats.

The trend began when a flood of Mighty Ducks fake snapbacks hit ebay, fresh from some sketchy Chinese alibaba.com trader. Since Disney still owns the copyright to the Mighty Ducks logo, you can't even buy Mighty Ducks retro snapbacks, hence why the vintage ones are worth so much. Some Chinese dude obviously saw the price tags on real vintage Ducks hats and started up his own Eastern basement project. Now you can buy fake Sports Specialties hats in just about any team. They're cheap as hell but they aren't even worth $5.

The whole concept of selling fake deadstock is pretty dumb. Its the vintage heads who want real Sports Specialties and Starter hats, and they are the dudes that know a thing or two about hats. Anyone with any knowledge of vintage can tell right away these hats are fake.

Here's a few examples:

The "Sports Specialties" Script
 
















































Notice how the label is stitched into the band at the top and bottom. This particular Sports Specialties tag should hang loose at the bottom. There's also not a single other tag on the hat. Every real sports specialties tag has the pro team logo on the band as well as the hat material and country of manufacture. Also, none of the fake hats ever have a hang tag. The scripture on the front is stretched way too high and the logo on the side is double the size it should be. The crown also slopes at the wrong angle and the sweatband should not be white not black. See this real hat for a comparison:



This hat is too funny. Manufactured by the same rogues, its a rip off of the Logo Athletic Spike hat. But it has the same sports specialties tag inside! Surely no one falls for this?


Here's another from the same seller. A fake starter hat this time. All these hats are a cotton twill material, despite the fact that a lot of the designs would likely be on a wool hat. The general quality of the stitching is the giveaway here. The Star of the Starter logo isn't fully formed and the S is too thick and chunky. The inside tags are better this time, but of course there is no hang tag. The stitching on the underside of the brim is a giveaway too. Its so sloppy the red cotton of the top side is completely uneven when its comes into contact with the green underbrim.


Things to watch out for to avoid fake Sports Specialties and Starter hats:

1. Has the hat been photographed inside a towel?
2. Is the price much lower than industry standard? There is usually a reason.
3. Is there a hang tag?
4. What else is the seller selling? Do they have a lot of sketchy looking shit?
5. What is their feedback like? Negatives?
6. Does the stitching and quality look good? A 20 year old hat still beats any modern fake on quality.
7. Are there sellers all over ebay with the same hat? There's a reason why a Script heather Sports Specialties Bulls hat is worth so much - its rare!