Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fleer Baseball Cloth Patches - San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants have 4 City / Logo variations due to the changing color of the baseball in the logo. The earliest version has a white baseball as seen on the top left. The baseball then turned pink as seen on the top right:

The baseball then turned orange as seen in the bottom 2 pictures. As we've seen with other teams that had orange in their logos, these can be found with a darker and lighter shade of orange. Finally, the ball returned back to white for the last release of the patches, but as far as I can tell, there is no variation between that patch and the first version pictured on the top left of the picture above.

For the Cap / Team Name patches, you have to look very closely to see the variation between the patch on the top of the picture below, and the 2 patches below it (other than the color variations):

If you take a close look at the "S", you will notice the patch on the top has a slightly more rounded "S" whereas the 2 patches on the bottom have more pointed curves. In addition the black space is wider where the "S" & "F" interlock on the top vs the patches on the bottom. The patch on the top is the earliest version of the patch. As with the logo patches, there is a lighter / darker color of orange variation on the bottom two patches.

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