How ace are these caps? They’re part of New Era‘s on-going Heritage Series which celebrates key moments in the brand’s 96 years of authentic sporting heritage. The six-piece, 1980 collection replicates every detail of the caps worn by the chosen teams’ baseball players during a highly significant year in baseball history when several world records were broken. That year the World Series welcomed two teams who had never competed in the final before with the Philadelphia Phillies claiming victory against the Kansas City Royals during a televised game that attracted over 54 million viewers – a record that has never since been broken. With the remaining teams – Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics – all competing in the semi-final rounds of that year.
The headwear features every detail seen on the field during that game and have been re-mastered with traditional team colours, flat stitch embroidery, 100% wool fabric, blank white taping on the inside panels and sweatband, lot numbers for sizing and inner labelling with historic New Era branding from that era. The Heritage Series sticker on the visor is also a special reference to the year and unique offering of this highly limited Heritage Series collection. Though personally I’d keep it proper eighties by taking the sticker off and putting it onto the side of a ghetto-blaster.