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Jerseys 1:8 hobby packs

(not in retail)

     A note about this jersey set - there are both jerseys and patches. The jerseys take the form of forewards facing (outside facing out) and backwards facing (outwards facing in) as a result of Topps cutting up the jersey, putting it in a bucket and then assembling these cards. In most cases, dark pieces recieved a white plastic ring and visa versa for the light jersey pieces. Some pieces (red, blue, multicolor, patch, etc) come in both black and white plastic varieties. I like that the plastic circle is melted into the jersey/patch piece - take that Kenny. I suppose someone could rip the plastic disk off and glue it to a different card - beware of strange looking, oddly colored or ripped cards. I have seen the odd card that has its plastic circle glued slightly off centre (2 or 3 mm max). 

     Patches are rare, but not impossible to find. I would suggest that for every 30 to 50 jerseys, there is one patch. Not all jerseys have shown patches (Moog, Bobby Smith, and Gartner). Multicolor jerseys are hard to get as well... at about the same odds as patches. Some jersey colors are rarer than others. For the showcase purpose here, I will show both the front and back varieties for jerseys, including black and white rings when seen. I will also show the nicest example of each type of patch (ie, shoulder numbers, crest, nameplate, etc). 

Pete Mahovlich - 1973 Montreal Canadiens White Jersey

 

     I have concluded that the 1973 Montreal Canadiens jersey Topps used to make this card was a white (home) jersey. The great majority of all pieces observed are white and patches observed have confirmed this assertion. This jersey is a beutifull 'old school' dureen home model.

 




Possible Jersey Colors:

White, Red, Blue

White/Red, White/Blue

Patch: crest, shoulder numbers, back numbers

Bottom Deatail from a 72/73 Montreal Canadiens' Lafleur White Jersey.

All three color bands run into eachother. Thos is the classic Dureen Knitted surface (outside of jersey shown).

Bottom Inside Deatail from a 72/73 Montreal Canadiens' Lafleur White Jersey.

Inside of the bottom (fight strap). Notice the Smooth woven fabric and the joints of colors.

Patch - From the Crest

Patch - from the Shoulder Numbers

Patch - From the Numbers on the Back

Alex Delvecchio - 1974 Detroit Red Wings White Jersey

     I have concluded that the 1974 Detroit Red Wings jersey Topps used to make this card was a white (home) jersey. Several patches from the nameplate have been observed; something that only occurs on a white (home) jersey. The nameplate was a different type of material - a much brighter and thicker weave than seen in the rest of the jersey. This is a wonderfull 'old school' dureen home jersey. This was an autographed jersey (see below).

  




Possible Jersey Colors:

White, Red

Red/White

Patch - Crest, Shoulder Numbers, Namplate, Back Numbers

Mid 1970's Jean Hammill Detroit Red Wings' White Jersey.

Notice how the white of the name bar is a bit brighter than the white of the rest of the jersey.

I guess part of the jersey had an autograph! 

It matches the "DEL" of Delvecchio!

Bottom of the "D" in Delvecchio perhaps?

Patch - From the Crest

Patch - Fron the Shoulder Numbers

Patch - Fron the nameplate

Notice the very white knitted jersey

Patch - from the Numbers on the Back

Billy Smith - "1974" New York Islanders White Jersey

Likely a 1984/85 New York Islanders Jersely... read on...

I have concluded that the "1974" New York Islanders jersey Topps used to make this card was a white (home) jersey.  The great majority of all pieces observed were white. Would this jersey have been a dark jersey, white would have been a relatively rare color.

 I have my doubts that this jerey is from "1974".... after much sloothing, I determined that the jersey material (an early CCM type) was used by the Islanders from 1984/85 through 1986/87. Of those years (which Smith played all) only one year features a crest the has orange layered on top of blue - 1984/85. The discovery of a "M" from "SMITH" patch only furthers to confirm this assertion.



Possible Jersey Colors:

White, Orange, Blue

Blue/White, Orange/White

Patch  - Crest, Shoulder Numbers, Namplate, Back Numbers

Perhaps this is what it should look like!

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This is what an 1984/85 jersey looks like. Functionally (in terms of possible jersey colors) it is the same as the one pictured above, with the exception of the nameplate. I suppose that a patch featuring the "CCM" logo is possible (see the Brian Mullen Jersey Below)... but I haven't seen it... and I don't think the entire jersey was used to make the card.  I believe this because orange and blue pieces are really REALLY hard to get from this jersey... and they shouldn't be.

Detail from the inside of a 1984/85 gamer. Note that material looks a lot like that found in the cards 

rather than the Dureen woven material found in the 1970's.

Patch - from the Crest (bottom of the island)

Patch - from the Shoulder Numbers

Patch - possibly from the top of the "M" in "SMITH"

Patch - from the numbers on the back

Closer examination shows Blue ontop of

Orange through the white ring in the upper left

Ed Westfall - 1975 New York Islanders Blue Jersey

I have concluded that the 1975 New York Islanders jersey Topps used to make this card was a blue (away) jersey. The great majority of all pieces observed are blue. Would this jersey have been a white jersey, blue would have been a relatively rare color. This has been supported by patches observed.





Possible Jersey Colors:

White, Orange, Blue

Blue/White, Orange/Blue

Patch  - Crest, Shoulder Numbers, Back Numbers

Jersey - Blue and White

Patch - Crest

Patch - from the Numbers on the Shoulder

Notice how there are 2 rows of white thin stitching.

Patch - from the Numbers on the Back

Notice the thicker white section of patch...

Stan Mikita - 1980 Chicago Blackhawks' White Jersey

I have concluded that the 1980 Chicago Blackhawks' jersey Topps used to make this card was a white (home) jersey. The great majority of all pieces observed were white. Would this jersey have been a dark jersey, white would have been a relatively rare color. This assertion is supported by patches observed.




Possible Jersey Colors:

White, Black, Red

Black/White, Red/White

Patch  - Crest, Shoulder Crest, Shoulder Numbers, Namplate,     

             Back Numbers

This is a Pat Stapleton 3 color Chicago jersey overlayed with a topps archives jersey window.

Note that it is impossible to have a jersey that includes red, black and white.

Threads from a seam or reinforcements

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Patch - From the Crest (yellow feathers in the Blackhawk's hair)

Patch - From the Shoulder Crest (the yellow ring)

Patch - from the numbers on the arm

Patch - from the Nameplate

Patch - from the big numbers on the back

Bobby Clarke - 1981 Philadelphia Flyers Orange Jersey

I have concluded that the 1981 Philadelphia Flyers' jersey Topps used to make this card was an orange (away) jersey. The great majority of all pieces observed were orange. Would this jersey have been a white jersey, orange would have been a relatively rare color and white would have been common.

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Colors were layered on this jersey and as such there are no lulticolored jerseys (aside from white thread on black possibly found on the wrists). The black material is not the same sort of "Air Knitt" as the white and orange materials.

There may be patches that feature "Shadow SK"... but I haven't seen anything of the like.


Possible Jersey Colors:

Orange, White, Black

Patch  - Crest, Shoulder Numbers, Namplate, Back Numbers

Patch - from the Crest

Patch - from the Shoulder Numbers

Patch - from the Nameplate ("K" in "CLARKE").

Patch - from the numbers on the back

Larry Robinson - 1988 Montreal Canadiens Red Jersey

I have concluded that the 1988 Montreal Canadiens' jersey Topps used to make this card was a red (away) jersey. The great majority of all pieces observed were red. Would this jersey have been a white jersey, red would have been a relatively rare color. This assertion is supported by patches observed.





Possible Jersey Colors:

Red, Blue, White

Red/White, Blue/White, Red/Blue

Patch  - Crest, Shoulder Numbers, Namplate, Back Numbers

Patch - from the Crest

Patch - from the Shoulder Numbers

Patch - from the Nameplate

Patch - from the Numbers on the Back
Blue and white from the crest has much wider stitching.

Brian Mullen - 1991 New York Rangers' Blue Jersey

 

I have concluded that the 1991 New York Rangers' Jersey Topps used to make this card was a blue (away) jersey. The great majority of all pieces observed are blue. Would this jersey have been a white jersey, blue would have been a relatively rare color.

     There are no multicolor jersey pieces - the jersey colors were layered very thick.




Possible Jersey Colors:

Blue, White, Red

Patch  - Crest, Shoulder Numbers, Namplate, Back Numbers,       

             CCM Logo

Arm Detail from a 91/92 James Patrick NY Rangers Blue Jersey.

Notice how the three colors don't run together - I don't think Topps would have used a seam in their cards.

Bottom Detail from a 91/92 James Patrick NY Rangers Blue Jersey.

Notice how the three colors don't run together - I don't think Topps would have used a seam in their cards.

Back Detail from a 91/92 James Patrick NY Rangers Blue Jersey.

Several patches come out as single color red or white pieces.

Patch - from the Crest

Patch - from the Shoulder Numbers

Patch - from the Nameplate

Patch - from the Numbers on the Back

Patch - from the "CCM" on the back bottom of the jersey

Bobby Smith - 1993 Minnesota North Stars' Black Jersey

I have concluded that the 1993 Minnesota North Stars' Jersey Topps used to make this card was a black (away) jersey. The great majority of all pieces observed are black. Would this jersey have been a white jersey, black would have been a relatively rare color. As of yet, no patches have been observed. Green material is only observed in a multi color piece (black/green or white/black/green) as the green band is too small to make an entire jersey window.

     The jersey window is big enough to fit the black/green/black and the black/green/black/white jerseys... but I have not seen them so they are *IN THEORY*. Topps may have cut this jersey in strips (and pieces) based on a pattern, so all of the 3 colored pieces may be the same.

  

Possible Jersey Colors:

Black, White

Black/Green, White/Black, Green/Black/White, Black/Green/Black*, Black/Green/Black/White*

Patch NOT CURRENTLY OBSERVED

A 91/92 Courtnall Minnesota North Star's Black Jersey (used in preseason of 92/93).

Bottom Outside and Inside 91/92 Courtnall Minnesota North Star's Black Jersey (used in preseason of 92/93).

Notice how the bottom of the color bar is sewn as 2 seperate layers. All 3 color pieces come from the upper part (or the arms)

Grant Fuhr - 1987 Buffalo Sabres Blue Jersey

Likely a 1994 Buffalo Sabres Jersey

Grant Fuhr didn't play in Buffalo in 1987 (Edmonton), but he did play from 1992/93 through 1994/95 with the Sabres. The pattern with the cards so far (save the Billy Smith) seems to show a card from the year the jersey was used. I would softly conclude that this jersey is from 1993/94. To be fair, 1992/93 is almost equally as likely. 1995/96 is unlikely as Grant only played 3 games for the Sabres.

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I have concluded that the 1994(?) Buffalo Sabres' jersey Topps used to make this card was a blue (away) jersey. The great majority of all pieces observed are blue. Would this jersey have been a white jersey, blue would have been a relatively rare color. No white jersey pieces have been observed (although white patches have been seen). This assertion is supported by patches observed. The CCM logo is possible... but not yet observed. 

I do not believe that a blue/yellow/blue jersey piece is possible... as the smalles band is about the same size as the CCM logo. 

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Possible Jersey Colors:

Blue, Yellow

Blue/Yellow 

Patch  - Crest, Shoulder Numbers, Shoulder Crest, Namplate, Back Numbers

Patch - from the Crest (sabre hilt)

Patch - from the Shoulder Numbers

Patch - from the Shoulder Patch (rapier hilt)

Patch - from the Nameplate

Patch - from the Numbers on the Back

Mike Gartner - 1995 Toronto Maple Leafs Blue Jersey

I have concluded that the 1995 Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey Topps used to make this card was a blue (away) jersey. The great majority of all pieces observed are blue. Would this jersey have been a white jersey, blue would have been a relatively rare color. As of yet, no patches have been observed.


I do not believe, based on the relative size of the CCM logo, that a blue/white/blue jersey piece is possible.

 


Possible Jersey Colors:

Blue, White

Blue/White

Patch NOT CURRENTLY OBSERVED

Andy Moog - 1996 Dallas Stars Black Jersey

I have concluded that the 1996 Dallas Stars Jersey Topps used to make this card was a black (away) jersey. The great majority of all pieces observed are black. Would this jersey have been a white jersey, black would have been a relatively rare color. As of yet, no patches have been observed.

The jersey window is big enough to fit a solid green piece, but not large enough to fir a black/green/black or green/black/white pieces.


Possible Jersey Colors:

Black, White, Green

Black/Green, White/Black

Patch NOT CURRENTLY OBSERVED

A 95/96 Gilchrist Dallas Stars Black Jersey.

Sold for $37.78 on Mar 14, 2013 on eBay

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