Sunday, March 30, 2008

Fleer Baseball Cloth Patches - New York Mets

The Mets City/Logo patch seemed to change almost every year, although sometimes in very subtle ways.

The top 2 patches in the picture below appear to be identical except for one small difference. Click on the picture to see a larger scan and see if you can spot the difference:

The patch on the top left has a solid black line around the outside of the logo instead of dashes from around what would be 8:00 to 9:00 on a clock dial while the patch on the right has dashes all the way around the logo. I believe the patch on the top left is the earliest version.

The next 2 patches in the middle of the picture have added a white outline around "Mets", a darker shade of blue for the skyline, and have white space inside the "e" and the "s", with the patch on the left a lighter share of orange and the patch on the right a darker shade of orange.

The final sticker on the bottom retains the darker orange and blue and the white outline around the name, but has blue inside the "e" and the "s".

There are a number of variations for the Cap / Team Name patches as well. The earliest patch has a lighter share of blue (just like we saw with the Logo patches above):

Just as the skyline in the logo changed to a darker shade of blue, so did the blue on the Cap / Team Name patches. The patch on the bottom left has a lighter shade of orange while the patch on the bottom right has a darker shade of orange, which is also consistent with the changes made to the logo patches.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Mets patches for Opening Day!!

Also if you look at the first patch, there is a stitch that is miscolored (looks brown)instead of its normal orange color. This in addition to the partially solid/ partially dashed circle make the patch extremely rare. I believe that this was printed very early in 1969, since the first two patches match the Mets first trivia card.

Anyways, keep up the good work as Fleer Cloth Patch Month goes into April. ;)

Mets Guy in Michigan said...

Let's Go Mets!!!!!!

Great patches. That Mets logo is my favorite.