The "Jannelli Jersey Journal" part two

April 25, 2012 2 Comments

Editor's Note: Longtime uniform industry expert at Mitchell & Ness with former M&N president Peter Capolino, and current Pro League Authentics president, Ray Jannelli shares his personal, inside story on the creation of the nostalgia NHL uniforms, which eventually led to Ray developing the "Vintage Hockey" series honoring the Original Six NHL clubs.  In part one April 10, convinced there was a market for 1970s era shiny knit hockey jerseys with lace-up fronts, Ray leads us up to the phone call he made to an employee named Robin at Casey's Hockey in St. Louis...

By Ray Jannelli

Much to my surprise Casey's Hockey did indeed have the cotton/rayon ice hockey jerseys in stock - in the warehouse. As Robin from Casey's pointed out, these particular jerseys were from the early to mid 1970s and in very limited quantity.  Robin,surprised by my inquiry regarding the vintage jerseys, was even more surprised that I wanted to purchase them, and she began to read off to me the teams in stock (all blank):  Kansas City Scouts, California Seals, Atlanta Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, and Montreal Canadiens.

Robin had me at Scouts.  About three dozen total, various sizes, home and away, manufactured by Sandow and Bauer. I purchased all of them. I also took a mental note that this rare selection must have been from 1973-74 because there wasn't any Colorado Rockies or Cleveland Barons, plus the Seals jerseys were kelly/gold, not the aqua they wore their last year as the Golden Seals.  

In addition, Robin had located another dusty corrugated box containing NHL crests!  Eureka!  

I received the jerseys and crests shipment from Casey's the following week, and I certainly was not disappointed.  All of the "old material" jerseys were in great shape, a perfect 1975 fold, these gems were brand new just in storage for 13 years.  Applying the appropriate and accompanying crests, researching the number, lettering styles and colors, plus selecting the players was a labor of love  Making hockey jerseys of my NHL heroes from that time period was the catalyst and inspiration to work full-time in the sporting goods business after college.

From a truly business perspective, the finished nostalgia NHL jerseys were priced, tagged, set on metal hangers, ready to be released on the Mitchell & Ness retail sales floor at the 1229 Walnut St. location (still the best location,by the way) providing instant market validation. 

In two months all 36 jerseys were sold.  Interestingly, sales were generated from a previous non-existent category at that time (take note future MBA's).  I kept one jersey for myself, a Bruins home beauty by Bauer circa 1974, which I numbered and lettered as a "Gilles Gilbert" (fastest glove hand in the East). 

Hockey jersey collectors and former Mitchell & Ness customers of mine, Jordan Yuter and Kevin Rogers, have a Flyers and a Seals from this original shipment, my guess a "Clarke" and a "Meloche," respectively. 

This was the very beginning of the nostalgia hockey jersey business and I was there on the cutting edge.  Was there a market for vintage/nostalgia NHL jerseys on a national and/or world-wide level? 

It was 1989.  I would re-visit the pursuit of nostalgia NHL jerseys one year later, but there was another league that peaked my interest pertaining to 1970s hockey jerseys.  In fact, it was a professional ice hockey league that played in my N.J. backyard.

In our next installment: Zen and the Art of.....WHA Jerseys?  When "Jannelli's Jersey Journal" returns on the May 9, 2012 edition of Authentically Speaking.

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Coming up (1): Tomorrow on Authentically Speaking, author and baseball uniform expert Morris Levin takes a look at Majestic's Cool Base jerseys, spotlighting his hometown Philadelphia Phillies.

Coming up (2): Mark Thursday, May 10 as the next date of Pro League Authentics four-part exhibition series "The Jersey As Art."  The second installment features former Mitchell & Ness president and throwback uniform expert Peter Capolino discussing and exhibiting jerseys going back decades to the all-flannel era, and a collector's look and presentation of virtually all of the commemorative jersey patches ever worn by the current 30 major league clubs.  The event begins at 6:00 pm at our Center City store location (137 S. 13th St - between Walnut/Sansom), with refreshments provided and in-store discounts on all authentic MLB products.  Hope to you see you there. 




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Size Charts

Select your brand and style to read more about how your purchase will fit:

American Needle fitted hats | '47 Brand hats | '47 Brand apparel | Majestic apparel | Majestic jerseys | Red Jacket apparel | Junk Food apparel | Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

Use these tips as a general guide when finding your measurements:

 

American Needle Fitted Hats

If you do not know your size, first determine where on your head you want to wear your hat. Usually it is worn about a half-inch to an inch above the eyebrows and/or just above the ears. Have a friend hold the tape measure (cloth, plastic, or download a printable version here) at the point where you want the hat to rest on your head.  Insert the tip of your little finger between the tape and your head.  Record the measurement and find your Fitted Hat size using the chart below.  This should provide you with a comfortable fit.

 

'47 Brand Hats

 

47 Brand Adjustable Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Adjustable Hats Men's 6 7/8 - 7 5/8 55 - 61
Women's 6 5/8 - 7 1/4 53 - 58
Youth 6 5/8 - 7 1/8 53 - 57

 

47 Brand Fitted Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Fitted Hats XX Small 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
X Small 6 3/4 54
Small 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium 7 - 7 1/8 56 - 57
Large 7 1/4 58
X Large 7 3/8 - 7 5/8 59 - 61
XX Large 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 61 - 62
XXX Large 7 7/8 63
XXXX Large 8 64
XXXXX Large 8 1/8 65

 

47 Brand Stretch Fit Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Stretch Fit Fitted Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
Small / Medium 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium / Large 7 1/8 - 7 3/8 57 - 59
Large / X Large 7 1/2 - 7 5/8 60 - 61
One Size Fits All 7 - 7 1/2 56 - 60

 

47 Brand Knit Hats Size Chart Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Knit Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 3/4 52 - 54
One Size Fits All 6 7/8 - 7 1/2 55 - 60

 

'47 Brand Apparel

 

 
47 Brand Men's Size Chart S M L XL XXL
Neck 14"-14.5" 15"-15.5" 16"-16.5" 17"-17.5" 18"-18.5"
Shoulder 21" 22" 23" 24" 25"
Chest 36"-38" 39"-41" 42"-44" 45"-47" 48"-50"
Waist 28"-30" 31"-33" 34"-36" 37"-39" 40"-42"

 

47 Brand Women's Size Chart S M L XL
Size 2-4 6-8 8-10 10-12
Shoulder 14.25" 15.25" 16.25" 17.25"
Bust 32"-34" 35"-36" 37"-38" 39"-42"
Waist 26"-27" 28"-29" 30"-31" 32"-33"

 

 

Majestic apparel

Men's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL 4XL
Chest 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 52-52 54-56 58-60
Waist 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 52-54
Hip 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60
Sleeve 32-33 33-34 34-35 35-36 36-36 1/2 36 1/2-37 37-37 1/2
Neck 14-14 1/2 15-15 1/2 16-16 1/2 17-17 1/2 18-18 1/2 19-19 1/2 20-20 1/2

 

Women's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  XS S M L XL 1X 2X
Size 0-2 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 16W-18W 20W-22W
Chest 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-40 41 1/2-43 1/2 43-45 47-49
Waist 24-25 26-27 28-29 30-32 33 1/2-35 1/2 36-38 39-41
Hip 34 1/2-35 1/2 36 1/2-37 1/2 38 1/2-39 1/2 40 1/2-42 1/2 44-46 46-48 49-51
Sleeve 29 1/4 30 30 3/4 31 1/2 32 32 1/2 33

 

Youth Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL
Size 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 20 22
Chest 24-26 28-30 32-34 36-38    
Waist 21-23 25-27 29-31 33-35 37-39 40-42

 

 

 

Majestic Jerseys

Adult Men's Replica Jersey Sizing  
Jersey Size Small Medium Large X Large XX Large
Neck (diameter of neck) 6.5 6.75 7 7.25 7.5
Chest (underarm to underarm) 20 1/2 22 1/2 24 1/2 26 1/2 28 1/2
Sleeve (back of inside neck to end of middle sleeve) 8 1/2 8 3/4 9 9 1/4 9 1/2

 

Apparel Sizing Tips:

Use these tips as a general guide when finding your measurements:

Chest/Bust: With your arms at your sides, measure around the fullest part of your chest, across shoulder blades and under arms.

Waist: To measure your natural waistline, wrap the tape so it intersects your navel. Keep tape flat, but comfortably loose.

Hips: Stand with your heels together and measure the fullest part of your hips. Make sure the measuring tape is level all the way around your body.

Inseam: Stand up straight, and start the tape measure high in your crotch. Straighten the tape down the inside of your leg to the bottom of your ankle.

 

 

Red Jacket apparel

 

 

Junk Food apparel

 

Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

General Size Neck
(in inches)
Chest
(in inches)
Waist
(in inches)
Arm
(in inches)
Small 14-14.5 34-36 28-30 31.5-32
Medium 15-15.5 38-40 32-34 32.5-33
Large 16-16.5 42-44 36-38 33.5-34
X-Large 17-17.5 46-48 40-42 34.5-35
XX-Large 18 – 18.5 50-52 44-46 35.5-36