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Friday, April 10, 2020

Telling the story of the origin of NFL Throwback jerseys - Tiedman

NFL Throwbacks – In the beginning…

If you search “Throwback uniform” on Google, Wikipedia chimes in with this statement:
“The first companies to produce throwback uniforms were Tiedman & Company Sportswear (college football, basketball, hockey, NFL and World Cup soccer), Mitchell & Ness (Major League Baseball), and Ebbets Field Flannels (Negro League baseball). All three companies are still in business; Tiedman & Company relaunched in 2009 under the brand name Tiedman & Formby Vintage Athletic Co..”

Allow me to re-write this statement a bit more accurately:
“The first companies to produce league licensed throwback jerseys were:
  • MLB licensed throwback jerseys – Mitchell & Ness in 1989
  • US College football licensed throwback jerseys - Tiedman & Co in 1990
  • NFL licensed throwback jerseys - Tiedman & Co in 1991
  • NHL licensed throwback jerseys – CCM Sport Maska in 1992
As of 2020, Mitchell & Ness has been bought and sold several times but is still very much in business, ditto CCM. Tiedman & Co. and its successor Tiedman & Formby Vintage are no longer in business.”

Today I want to focus on Tiedman & Co. and the NFL’s first licensed line of throwback jerseys – launched in 1991.

In order to tell the story, I have to tell some of the story of the founder of Tiedman and Co. - Craig Tiedman.

If you’re a sports nut and if you love the history of sports, especially baseball, you may have heard the story of Moe Berg whose life story has been told in two films - 2018's The Catcher Was A Spy and 2019's Spy Behind Home Plate,  and in several books including The Catcher Was A Spy.

Moe Berg - The Catcher was a spy

Moe Berg was truly a renaissance man who played major league baseball for 16 years from 1923 to 1939 (even though he had less than average MLB talent), graduated from law school, served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, helped undermine Germany’s plans to build an atomic bomb, turned down the US Medal of Freedom, is the only person to have his baseball card on display at CIA headquarters and was known as "the brainiest guy in baseball”.

And Craig Tiedman, founder of Tiedman & Co.? He is an American apparel designer who speaks at least six languages (English, French, German, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese); started an apparel company at a young age and sold it to a conglomerate for a handsome profit two years later, then went to college (Colorado); started a consulting firm Oxford Research Associates, LLC advising the US Government; served as the Economic Development Advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense; started another apparel company; went to graduate school at Oxford and Cambridge; advised the US Naval Research Laboratory, the US Geological Survey and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; served as the NASA Lead for India, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, and negotiated over 35 space act agreements; led in the creation of a new NASA Office for "Organizational Readiness"; served as Counterterrorism Analyst at the U.S. Department of State; and is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Hawaii.

All this and yet try to find a picture of him on the internet!?! Holy smokes Craig’s life so far would also make a great book and movie - and I think he's only 50!
Craig Tiedman photo

This blog posting, believe it or not, isn’t really about Craig, it’s about the line of NFL licensed throwback jerseys he helped create that sold from 1991 - 1993. Or put another way, it's about the line of NFL throwback jerseys he produced in 1991 and that Champion Products, a division of Sara Lee, produced in 1992 and 1993 with Craig in an advisory role.

I have a little trouble separating Craig’s personal story from that of his company (the same can be said of almost all entrepreneurs), so let me list some more “facts” so you can better understand the background. Please take some of the following facts with a grain of salt – as I have often quoted my father as saying “Never let the facts ruin a good story”, and I think Craig might agree.

- Craig graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1999

- He started his business Tiedman & Co. in 1989. According to Craig, the company became the first in the world to design and sell retro jerseys for football, soccer, basketball and hockey.  It was also the first collegiate-licensed brand in the vintage category (1990). Nordstrom Department Stores “discovered” the brand in 1990 and took the brand national.

- In 1991 (Scott thinks late 1990), the NFL selected Tiedman & Co. as the first licensee for NFL Throwback jerseys because, as Craig wrote, "of the company’s attention to detail in representing a team’s history".

- Craig claims that in 1992 the NHL offered his company the first NHL vintage license for hockey sweaters (a claim I can't quite agree with – Tiedman & Co. is not listed in NHL literature from that time as one of the first 7-10 NHL Heritage Collection licensees).

- Tiedman & Co. received a lot of media attention throughout the 1990’s, with full page fashion spreads in GQ, Details, USA Today, Elle, and other leading fashion and trade publications. In 1991, Sportswear International featured Craig Tiedman as one of the hot new sports fashion designers and NBC’s George Michael Sports Machine featured the company’s NFL Throwbacks line during the 1992 Superbowl.

- In 1992 Craig sold his NFL product line (but not Tiedman & Co.) to Champion Products (a division of Sara Lee Corporation) in a transaction that Craig says gaves his investors a five-fold return on their investment.

- From 1993 – 1996 he was an advisor to Champion (how active an advisor it's hard to say) to further accelerate the development of the NFL Throwbacks Collection and brand, and was part of the effort that saw Champion generate over $50M in revenues for vintage NFL Throwbacks products under the Champion brand name. His consultation included aiding the NFL in 1994 with the launch and execution of its first “Turn-Back-The-Clock” NFL season, when all 28 NFL teams at the time wore throwbacks during the NFL's 75th anniversary season in 1994.

- In the 1990’s he launched the “Vitesse Sportswear” line in time for the 1994 World Cup hosted by the U.S., becoming one of the first companies to design and sell vintage soccer shirts.

- In 1998, he worked with basketball legend Bill Russell and the NBA to develop a concept for the first vintage line for the NBA. (Note to readers – is this true? Did the NBA not have a vintage line until 1998? I would welcome any info you may be able to share.)

- Throughout the 1990’s Craig consulted with various brands including Wilson Sporting Goods, The Walt Disney Company, and the U.S. Olympic Committee in developing vintage sportswear collections.

- In 1999 it appears as it Craig shuttered Tiedman & Co. and embarked on a wild ride career-wise through the 2000’s and 2010’s.

- In 2009, alongside his wife, Louise Formby, he started a new company called Tiedman & Formby Vintage Athletic Company LLC., aka T&F Vintage Athletic Company.

- Craig wrote an elaborate story (see below in italics) about the Tiedman and Formby names creating the impression that this new company was perhaps a merger of two existing companies and brands, whereas it was simply the creation of a new company with his last name and his wife’s last name. I love it!

- In December 2011, the remarkable Paul Lukas of Uniwatch wrote an article about Tiedman & Formby that said:
“Tiedman & Formby is a comeback project of sorts for Craig Tiedman, who pioneered football, hockey, basketball, and soccer throwbacks back in 1989 under the brand name Tiedman & Co. Sportswear. This was when Jerry Cohen (Ebbets Field Flannels) and Peter Capolino (Mitchell & Ness) were creating the market for baseball throwbacks. Craig eventually sold the business to Champion and did other things with his life until 2009, when he and his wife, Louise Formby, reactivated the brand. They’re currently assembling a growing collection of NCAA licenses, so we’ll likely see more of their product in the years to come, and I hope to write about them more extensively soon. If you haven’t already checked out their stuff, I suggest taking a peek.”

- In 2013, Craig wrote about T&F Vintage on the company website that “Our goal is to re-invent the billion dollar vintage sportswear category we created in the first place. We initially focused our efforts on the collegiate licensed products industry and are now a leader in the category of “authentic” college throwbacks. The company is currently negotiating with several professional sports teams and leagues to expand back into the pro ranks, and offer sports fans a different fashion twist to ‘retro’.”

- In 2013 Craig also wrote “We invented ‘Throwbacks’ - a multi-billion dollar sports fashion category - in the 1990’s. We were the NFL's first licensee for throwback jerseys and sold our license (were bought out) to a major sports apparel brand, achieving a 5x return for our investors in 2 years. We relaunched the brand in 2009, and now offer men’s and women’s vintage sports jerseys, and own 100% market share of the Collegiate-licensed industry. Our products are Made in USA of historically accurate vintage fabrics.”

- In 2015 Craig wrote "In 1989, I created the first sports fashion brand to offer vintage sports uniforms ("Throwbacks") to the market. In 1990, the company obtained the first college licenses in the "vintage" category, and in 1991, we were awarded the first NFL Throwbacks license by the National Football League. By the end of the 1990’s, our NFL line had achieved over $45M in sales, and we spearheaded and developed the first vintage lines for the NBA, the NHL and World Cup Soccer.”

- In 2015 Craig wrote “T&F is a follow-on brand to Tiedman & Co. Sportswear - the first NFL Throwbacks licensee in the 1990's, and the first brand to introduce vintage football, basketball, hockey and soccer jerseys to the apparel retail market. Our brand achieved over $50M in sales in the 1990’s, and we sold the rights to our NFL line to Champion.”

- In 2015 Craig wrote “In 2009, my business partners and I relaunched my brand to focus on under-serviced markets in the vintage jersey category, such as US colleges and professional soccer clubs. We are a recognized leader in these niche licensed markets."

- In 2015 Craig wrote “In 2009, Louise Formby and I relaunched the former throwbacks brand to address an under-serviced category in the sports apparel market: collegiate-licensed throwbacks, and women's vintage sports fashion apparel. We now own over 60 college licenses -- and 100% market share -- to reproduce college throwbacks and we are also in discussions with several professional sports leagues to pursue new licensing opportunities."

- In 2015 T&F closed their doors. As of 2020, the company’s Facebook page is frozen in time, as is Craig’s Twitter account.
Craig Tiedman Facebook page circa 2015

Craig Tiedman Twitter account

- In 2017, Craig summarized his 1990-1999 sports apparel history as:
  • 1990-1999, As President and CEO of Tiedman & Company Sportswear, Ltd., created the popular nostalgic retail collection called "The NFL Throwbacks;"
  • The category of "Throwbacks" (nostalgic sportswear) is the #2 selling category on eBay, and the NFL Throwbacks have sold over $200m at retail since 1991;
  • In 1992, Mr. Tiedman sold the NFL Throwbacks collection to Sara Lee Corporation and their Champion Products Division, and from 1992-1996, consulted for Sara Lee's personal products company, Champion Products, in licensed products, Champion's branded collection, and other specialty lines;
  • In 1993, Mr. Tiedman served as Senior Designer for the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping create a Team USA Collection (1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, and 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, U.S.A.);
  • From 1996-1999, Mr. Tiedman consulted for various firms in the apparel industry (including Wilson Sporting Goods, U.S.O.C., and the Walt Disney Co., etc.), creating end-to-end value chain solutions;
  • Work for clients included securing international factory relationships, and the creation of collections for licenses with the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and major U.S. colleges.
- In 2017, Craig summarized his 2009-2015 sports apparel history as:
  • T&F Vintage Athletic Company
  • Partnered with Asian factories to create a fast-growing sports apparel brand: Production Manager for China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan
  • Managed relationships with over 25 factories in Asia
  • Planned production cycles, product development, and communications
  • Lowered costs by 40% over a five year period achieving margins 20% higher than industry standards for American sports brand, leading to exit and 5x ROI.

Scott’s summary? When Craig Tiedman writes about himself that he is a "Sports junkie who invented Throwbacks - awarded the first ever NFL Throwbacks license in 1991", he is basically correct, but let’s re-write the statement to “Sports junkie who invented NFL throwback jerseys – was one of the NFL’s first seven Throwback licensees for the 1991 NFL season.”

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As mentioned above, here (in italics) is the brilliant piece he wrote about the "Formby" part of Tiedman & Formby - it's just too good not to include.

1889 – The Name “Formby”

The “FORMBY” brand began in the 1880s, when James Booth of Lancashire, England began performing slapstick comedy on the British Edwardian music hall circuit under the stage name “George Formby.” Booth adopted the name George Formby when he was sitting on the platform and saw a goods train on its way to Formby, a seaside town north of Liverpool. He decided that the name George would go well with Formby, because it was a common name at the time. George Formby became the hit of the circuit by developing a slapstick routine while dressed in a bowler hat, oversized shoes, and a walking cane – an act, which influenced a young up-and-coming English performer, Charlie Chaplin.

George Formby, Sr. had a philanthropic side to him as well – he was active in the recruiting campaign for the British Army at the beginning of the First World War, and spoke at recruitment rallies. By the 1920s, the “Formby” brand name was established in the British entertainment industry.

The eldest son, George Formby, Jr., followed in his father’s footsteps, and became Britain’s highest paid entertainer spanning the decades of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. George developed a new comic act with a ukulele, and starred in British blockbuster films with Gracie Fields and other top actresses. Continuing the Formby family commitment to philanthropy, George served in ENSA (the British version of the American USO) and entertained several million British and Allied troops in North Africa and France during WWII (Click here and here to view some of the YouTube clips).

A European phenomenon, Formby’s movies are now considered classics (click here to view). Any British football (er, soccer…) fan would know the Formby name well, and indeed, some fans sing Formby songs at matches.

The Brand Today = Tiedman & Formby Vintage Athletic Company

In 2009, one hundred and twenty years since the building of the “Formby” brand name, and twenty years — almost to the day — after starting the first throwbacks brand in history, we merged the “Tiedman” brand with the “Formby” brand, and reincorporated as “Tiedman & Formby Vintage Athletic Company, LLC.”  Our goal is to re-invent the billion dollar vintage sportswear category we created in the first place. We initially focused our efforts on the collegiate licensed products industry and are now a leader in the category of “authentic” college throwbacks. The company is currently negotiating with several professional sports teams and leagues to expand back into the pro ranks, and offer sports fans a different fashion twist to “retro.”

We have built upon our legacy, and are absolutely committed to designing and producing the highest quality, meticulously researched, authentic reproductions of vintage jerseys and apparel. We are committed to our corporate slogan: “Anti-Sweatshop/Pro Opportunity” and are members of the Fair Labor Association.

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Now with that background in mind, let's get back to the NFL Throwbacks Collection of jerseys.
Throwbacks - The NFL Vintage Collection logo

Here are what I call the Characteristics and Features of the 1991 - 1993 NFL Throwbacks Collection of jerseys.

1. I cannot find a single NFL Throwback jersey anywhere on the internet that says “Tiedman & Co.” – none. The Tiedman & Co. name on an NFL jersey is essentially invisible. If anyone reading this has other information, I would love your input!

2. That being said, I have identified 44 NFL Throwbacks Collection jerseys (thus far) that I believe were released from 1991 – 1993. (Many thanks to reader Geoff Pomeranz who has identified at least 4 jerseys that I didn't know about previously.)

3. I think the “Tiedman” jerseys were always made by Champion, even in Year 1 (1991) before the 1992 sale to Champion. Craig must have contracted with Champion in 1991 for Champion to be the manufacturer of the jerseys and that’s why all the photos of jerseys have a Champion logo in the neck/collar (see below) and the Throwback label on the front also incorporates the Champion name/logo (see further below). So to me it becomes clear why Champion bought the line – it just made sense to eliminate the middle man (Tiedman). And I’ll bet there was pressure from the NFL to eliminate the middle man as well – the NFL would sooner have had a brand name like Champion as the licensee than Tiedman & Co., and when it became apparent to everyone, especially the NFL, that the jerseys were identified as Champion, that likely sealed the deal. I realize that’s speculation, but speculation based on experience. Once again, if anyone reading this has additional or contrary information, please share! 
Champion Neck/collar label from the Throwbacks Collection
Champion neck/collar label

4. I have come across three different “styles” of 1991 – 1993 era Throwbacks Collection jerseys.

A. One style has a single label on the lower front hem (a “Throwback Collection” label) plus a “made-up” patch on the chest or sleeve of the jersey - more on the made-up patch below. With the help of great readers like Geoff Pomeranz, I have identified 27 such jerseys thus far.

Champion lower hem label from the Throwbacks Collection
Lower front hem label

Some made up Throwback Collection jersey patches
Jersey Patches on front or sleeve

B. A second style has a single label on the lower front hem (a “Throwback Collection” label) but no “made-up” patch on the chest or sleeve of the jersey. I have found 12 such jerseys, several of which overlap Style A above.

Champion lower hem label from the Throwbacks Collection
Lower front hem label

C. A third style has two stacked labels on the lower front hem - a “Throwback Collection” label) plus a team-specific label either above or below the other patch. And there is no “made-up” patch on the chest or sleeve of the jersey. I have found 5 such jerseys, two of which (Joe Namath and Deacon Jones) also came in Style B.

Champion lower hem labels from the circa 1993 Throwbacks Collection


5. If I had to bet, I’d say that in Year 1 of the license (1991), the jerseys were Style A with the single label on the front plus the “made-up” patch. I’m guessing the next season they were Style B – with only the single front label and no made-up patch. And in 1993, I’m guessing they had a double label (Style C) – the Throwback label + a specially made team label. And by 1994 they (Champion, or Champion and the NFL) had largely dropped “Throwback Collection” as the NFL shifted to the Vintage Collection (aka Throwback Vintage Collection), and the jerseys had a single standard Champion label on the lower front hem of the jerseys and no on-jersey references to the “Throwbacks Collection”.
Note: When I say the NFL had largely dropped the Throwback Collection name by 1994, I realize it comes and goes in subsequent years, but the NFL never pushes the brand like they did from 1991-1993. See the 1993-ish ads below that the NFL created to support the brand. But by 1994, I have a copy of the NFL's magnificent 260+ page 1994 NFL Merchandise Catalog and it scarcely mentions the Throwbacks brand or any products.
NFL Throwbacks Collection - Ad #1

NFL Throwbacks Collection - Ad #2

NFL Throwbacks Collection - Ad #3

6. In the 1980’s and until 1990, Sand-Knit and then MacGregor Sand-Knit was the supplier of NFL jerseys. From 1991 to 2000 it was Sand-Knit and Russell Athletic, but also Champion, Starter, Logo Athletic, Wilson, Puma, Nike, Reebok, adidas and Apex. So it makes sense that Champion was a new supplier to the NFL and Craig Tiedman would have gravitated to a new supplier keen to make their mark.

7. I think the jerseys (Style A, B and C) all had the vintage NFL logo on the back as seen below. That is also one way to know it’s a 1991-1993 era Tiedman/Champion product and not another manufacturer.
NFL Throwbacks Collection - Logo on back of jersey

NFL Throwbacks Collection - Logo placement on back of jersey


8. Unlike what Mitchell & Ness and Ebbets Field Flannels were trying to do with their throwback jerseys (primarily for baseball), when Tiedman began in 1991, he wasn’t suggesting that his jerseys were meant to be true reproductions of previously worn jerseys. Instead, his concept was more that the jerseys were comfortable wool jerseys that could be worn much like a sweatshirt. If my guess in #4 above is correct, then In the inaugural Throwbacks season – 1991 – he added a “made-up” patch to each jersey. By “made-up” I don’t mean to be disparaging, I simply mean it was a patch that was never worn on an actual NFL in-game jersey, it was just something Tiedman the designer made up to add flair to each jersey. Remember that NFL jerseys are much more plain looking than NHL and MLB jerseys because football requires a big bold uniform number on the front of the jersey and there is no room on the jersey for a logo (that’s why helmets were invented ha ha). I believe Tiedman came up with the patch as a way to add some color and flair to his jerseys and I applaud the idea.

9. Also, and interestingly, Tiedman & Co. never made a big deal of the jerseys paying tribute to a particular season – almost none of the jerseys have any reference to a specific season. This is very different from almost all other throwbacks – all other throwbacks (NFL, MLB, NHL) paid tribute to a particular season. Instead Tiedman’s focus was almost entirely on the player whose number was being honoured. For instance, Tiedman & Co. would say it’s the Cleveland Browns Jim Brown Throwback jersey, not the Cleveland Browns 1958 jersey.


With all that being said, here are the 44 "different" jerseys that I have come up with so far - I say "different" because I count a Style A Chicago Bears Dick Butkus and a Style B Chicago bears Dick Butkus as two different jerseys. And keep in mind that my Style A = 1991, Style B = 1992 and Style C = 1993 is pure speculation on my part – so if I have the facts wrong, please straighten me out!



Year 1 – 1991 – Style A – This jersey has a single label on the lower front hem (a “Throwback Collection” label) plus a “made-up” patch on the chest or sleeve of the jersey. I have found 27 such jerseys. (July 2020: Thanks to reader Geoff Pomeranz who has helped find at least 4 jerseys that I hadn't known about when I first posted this blog in April.)

Chicago Bears – Dick Butkus
Chicago Bears Dick Butkus Champion Throwbacks jersey

Chicago Bears – Gale Sayers
Chicago Bears Gale Sayers Champion Throwbacks jersey

Chicago Bears – Walter Payton
Chicago Bears Walter Payton Champion Throwbacks jersey

Cleveland Browns – Jim Brown
Cleveland Browns Jim Brown Champion Throwbacks jersey

Dallas Cowboys – Roger Staubach
Dallas Cowboys Roger Staubach Champion Throwbacks jersey

Green Bay Packers – No player’s name
Green Bay Packers Champion Throwbacks jersey

Green Bay Packers – Bart Starr
Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Champion Throwbacks jersey

Green Bay Packers – Paul Hornung
Green Bay Packers Paul Hornung Champion Throwbacks jersey

Green Bay Packers – Ray Nitschke
Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Champion Throwbacks jersey

Kansas City Chiefs – Len Dawson
Len Dawson Kansas City Chiefs Champion Throwbacks jersey

Miami Dolphins – Bob Griese
Bob Griese Miami Dolphins Champion Throwbacks jersey

Miami Dolphins - Earl Morrall
Earl Morrall Miami Dolphins Champion Throwbacks jersey

Miami Dolphins – Larry Csonka
Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins Champion Throwbacks jersey

Miami Dolphins – Paul Warfield
Paul Warfield Miami Dolphins Champion Throwbacks jersey

New York Giants – No player’s name
New York Giants Champion Throwbacks jersey

New York Giants – Frank Gifford
New York Giants Frank Gifford Champion Throwbacks jersey

New York Giants - Sam Huff

New York Giants – YA Tittle
New York Giants YA Tittle Champion Throwbacks jersey

Oakland Raiders – Ken Stabler
Oakland Raiders Ken Stabler Champion Throwbacks jersey

Philadelphia Eagles – No player’s name
Philadelphia Eagles Champion Throwbacks jersey

Pittsburgh Steelers - Jack Lambert
Pittsburgh Steelers Jack Lambert Champion Throwbacks jersey

Pittsburgh Steelers – Joe Greene
Pittsburgh Steelers Joe Greene Champion Throwbacks jersey

Pittsburgh Steelers – Terry Bradshaw
Pittsburgh Steelers Terry Bradshaw Champion Throwbacks jersey

San Francisco 49ers – Joe Montana
San Francisco 49ers Joe Montana Champion Throwbacks jersey

San Francisco 49ers – Jim Brodie (I could use a better pic if anyone has one!)
San Francisco 49ers John Brodie Champion Throwbacks jersey

Washington Redskins – No player’s name
Washington Redskins Champion Throwbacks jersey

Washington Redskins – Sonny Jurgensen
Washington Redskins Sonny Jurgensen Champion Throwbacks jersey


Year 2 – 1992 – Style B – This jersey has a single label on the lower front hem (a “Throwback Collection” label) but no “made-up” patch on the chest or sleeve of the jersey. I have found 12 such jerseys, several of which overlap Style A above.

Chicago Bears – Dick Butkus
Chicago Bears Dick Butkus Champion Throwbacks jersey

Chicago Bears – Gale Sayers
Chicago Bears Gale Sayers Champion Throwbacks jersey

Cleveland Browns – Jim Brown
Cleveland Browns Jim Brown Champion Throwbacks jersey

Dallas Cowboys – Roger Staubach
Dallas Cowboys Roger Staubach Champion Throwbacks jersey

Green Bay Packers – Bart Starr
Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Champion Throwbacks jersey

Green Bay Packers – Ray Nitschke
Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Champion Throwbacks jersey

Kansas City Chiefs – Len Dawson
Kansas City Chiefs Len Dawson Champion Throwbacks jersey

Los Angeles Rams – Deacon Jones
Los Angeles Rams Deacon Jones Champion Throwbacks jersey

New York Jets – Joe Namath
New York Jets Joe Namath Champion Throwbacks jersey

New York Giants – Frank Gifford
New York Giants Frank Gifford Champion Throwbacks jersey

Oakland Raiders – Ken Stabler
Oakland Raiders Ken Stabler Champion Throwbacks jersey

Pittsburgh Steelers – Terry Bradshaw
Pittsburgh Steelers Terry Bradshaw Champion Throwbacks jersey


Year 3 – 1993 – Style C – This jersey has two stacked labels on the lower front hem - a “Throwback Collection” label) plus a team-specific label either above or below the other patch. And there is no “made-up” patch on the chest or sleeve of the jersey. I have found 5 such jerseys, two of which (Joe Namath and Deacon Jones) also came in Style B.

Baltimore Colts – Johnny Unitas
Baltimore Colts Johnny Unitas Champion Throwbacks jersey

Buffalo Bills – Jack Kemp
Buffalo Bills Jack Kemp Champion Throwbacks jersey
Jack Kemp Version 1 - See the sleeve stripes

Buffalo Bills Jack Kemp Champion Throwbacks jersey
Jack Kemp Version 2 - See the sleeve stripes

Los Angeles Rams – Deacon Jones
Los Angeles Rams Deacon Jones Champion Throwbacks jersey

Minnesota Vikings – Alan Page
Minnesota Vikings Alan Page Champion Throwbacks jersey

New York Jets – Joe Namath
New York Jets Joe Namath Champion Throwbacks jersey


And with that, let's call it a day - that's a heavy blast of info!

As mentioned numerous times above, fire any questions or additional info at me - I'd really appreciate the feedback, especially if it's polite!

Thanks -
Scott


2 comments:

  1. Hi,

    Love this. Thanks! I can tell you you're missing at least two from the first Champion series. I personally own a Jack Lambert jersey that's just like the Bradshaw and Green (I own this too). They also made a Lions version, similar to the Eagles one, i.e. no number, just a lion. Honestly, it's not a very good looking jersey.

    I would also add that there are sleeve variations. For example, I used to own the Butkus jersey where the stripes on the sleeve were sewed on, but the current version I own, the stripes are part of the weave. This seems to be the case with several of the jerseys.

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    1. I should have also noted a third NY Giants, series one version. This jersey, which I own, has the same patch and style of the YA Tittle jersey, but instead of a number, it has a large, interlocked, "NY" on the front.

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