Seldom have I been as excited about announcing a new collection as I am with this one.
As you may know, the classic wool historically accurate EFF cap has never been available in MLB teams – until now. Partnering with our colleagues at ’47, the sports lifestyle and premium headwear and apparel brand, we have created a very special collection that features the original 16 National and American League teams from the first half of the 20th Century, before franchise moves and expansion (and stiff-crown cap construction!).
Each hat was chosen with a variety of criteria in mind: rarity, color, style (we’re including a couple of 8-panel caps). Since we could only pick one hat per team, the choices were difficult, as you can imagine, but we tried to include famous caps as well as some extremely rare ones. Each ballcap will tell a story, from the first decade of the modern era, to the early 1950s when both leagues celebrated their 50th anniversaries.
As you have come to expect from Ebbets, these fitted caps are made in the USA and were meticulously researched – in most cases we had access to color photographs of the original game-worn versions – and we endeavored to create each cap with the highest standard of authenticity. In some cases we used rare wool, which we had in our archives in only a limited supply.
Presale: Monday 4/10 at 11am ET for collectors who wish to purchase the 8 National League and/or the 8 American League caps as a package
16 individual caps: Available Tuesday 4/11 at 1pm ET
Our friends at ’47 will be offering their own distinct concept on these teams, and the two companies will be releasing their respective collections simultaneously. I first became aware of '47 back when I founded Ebbets in the 1980s when visiting their Twins Enterpises souvenir store outside Fenway Park. They were pioneers in sports licensing, and it was a real privilege to work with their creative team on this project.
We will share more information with you about this exciting collection in the coming days.
Founder, Ebbets Field Flannels