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(3) 1980s-1990s Baltimore Orioles Game-Used Hats

Lot Number 1989

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Birds of a feather flock together, with this trio of 1980s-1990s Baltimore Orioles game-used hats. These vintage gamers are all adorned with the Orioles "Bird" mascot logo on the front. (2) Caps are attributed to players who have signed them, with Mike Young and Dave Schmidt, while use of the third hat remains a mystery. All three hats show abundant signs of authentic use/wear, including staining and soiling, and all retain pleasing shapes. 

Both the Young and Schmidt hats have white panels at front, and black panels on the sides and at rear. Dating from the period 1982-1987, the Young hat is signed ("8-9") on the top of the orange bill, and Young's uniform number "43" is written on the underside of the bill. An MLB logo label is affixed to the interior sweatband, and though the factory label has been removed, the maker is positively identified as a New Era. The Schmidt hat is signed ("8-9") on one of the white panels, and saw duty in 1987-1988. The underside of the bill bears Schmidt's number "24", along with a second autograph, which suffers from ink migration, but still registers as a ("5") strength example. This hat is labeled with an MLB Diamond Collection tag and a New Era Major League Pro Model factory tag. 

The third hat has all black panels, and the only identifiers of any type, are a New Era Pro Model tag on the interior sweatband, an a boldly written letter "T" on the underside of the bill, with the faint letters "OF" above the T. The accompanying LOA from Phil Wood for all (3) hats, indicates this black hat may have been worn in a 1991 Orioles "Turn Back the Clock" game, or it may have been a 1980s mail order type, but the specific origin is unknown and no opinion is given. 


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