The first half of 2012 has been extremely busy and productive from a uniform evaluation standpoint.
All of this has enabled me to continue to purchase exemplar uniforms and references to support the
work I do in the manner that I feel it deserves to be done. When a collector is basing a purchase
decision on my work, they deserve an opinion based on something substantial and objective. When
given the choice, I think we are all more comfortable with work supported by on-hand exemplars and
contemporary references as opposed to “I saw one once” and “I looked it up on line” as the standard for
research. For the past two years, I have spent a significant amount of money buying various styles of
knit uniforms based on the increased demand that I look at jerseys from the 1970s through the 1990s.
While I won’t pretend to own one of everything, from every team, from every year; the 200+ knits I have
amassed do represent a fairly compressive collection of styles, manufacturers, and sizes that support
objective comparative analysis. Once again, not complete by any stretch of the imagination, but I know
of no one else in this industry who can work from such a library on a daily basis.
With all that in mind, I am now comfortable refocusing my efforts back on my first love; flannels. Within
the past few months, and in close cooperation with those involved with the MEARS Museum Center,
I have been able to add a number of new, rare, and exciting references to my working library. Even
more exciting, is that we are beginning to share these with collectors at events like the National and the
displays being curated at MEARS in Milwaukee.
Recently Added Exemplar Uniforms
-1932 Detroit Tigers Home Jersey
-1933 Boston Braves Road Jersey
-c1935 St Louis Cardinals Home Jersey (Palm Beach Fabric)
-1937 New York Yankees Home Jersey
-1939 Brooklyn Dodgers Home Jersey
-c1940 St Louis Browns Road Jersey
-1941 Boston Braves Road Jersey
-1945 Boston Braves Road Jersey
-1948 Boston Braves Home Jersey (Satin)
-1948 St. Louis Cardinals Home Jersey
-1949 Chicago Cubs Home Jersey
-1949 Chicago Cubs Road Jersey
-1951 Boston Braves Home Jersey (Original 1951 NL 75th Anniversary Patch) Jersey
-1956 St. Louis Cardinals Road Jersey (One Year Style)
-1956 Milwaukee Braves Home Jersey
-1964 Milwaukee Braves Road Jersey
-1967 Los Angeles Dodgers Road Jersey
Recently Added Manufacturers Fabric Sample Catalogs:
-1951 MacGregor-Goldsmith Baseball Uniforms
Recently Added Print References:
-Who’s Who in Baseball (run of 1927-1949) for contemporary sizing data. This makes my library
complete for this publication through 2000.
-Lot of 200+ assorted team yearbooks/programs (1960s-1980s)
These latest additions represent a continued investment of tens of thousands of dollars towards my
personal and professional commitment to “get it right”. They are also in line with the various tenants of
the Mission Statement of the MEARS Museum which is something I am just thrilled to be a part of.
As always, collect what you enjoy and enjoy what you collect.
MEARS Auth, LLC
For questions or comments on this article, please feel free to drop me a line at DaveGrob1@aol.com.