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Glossary of Terms
March 6 2005 at 6:50 AM Dave Grob (Login davegrob1)
The Guide I am working on that is designed to let folks do their own evaluation/authentication work for baseball uniforms. It will include a glossary of terms. This is designed to establish some common language and help new collectors learn the ropes.
For the experienced collectors..Please take a look at what I have and let me know if you think these are on track..
For new and old alike, please let me know what terms are missing that folks might find useful. I have already realized "Laundry Instructions" are missing and will work on the language for that..
Appendix A: Glossary Of Terms
Alternation: A change from the original. Most often used to describe team name or number changes as well as modifications to accommodate a player preference.
Chain Stitched: Phrase used to describe the style of sewing used to make annotations on flannel era jerseys for players names, years, size, and or numbers. This is much different than today’s modern machine embroidery.
Cotton Twill: Cotton based fabric used for lettering and numbering. This fabric has an almost canvas feel and quality to it.
Double Knit: Common name used to describe jerseys manufactured after 1972.
Flannel: Common term used to describe pre knit jerseys (circa 1971). It is important to understand that this generic term for a fabric, does not reflect the fact that the materials used in “flannels” have changed over the years from a predominately wool based, to those including cotton and or synthetic (nylon or rayon) fabrics as well.
Flag Tag: Small tag used to denote year and or set. These seem to begin to appear around 1948 with some manufacturers.
Gathering: Term used to describe the crumpled look of lettering, numbers, and patches that comes with repeated laundering.
Repair: Different from an alteration in that nothing has been changed, only fixed. This includes sewing of holes or tears, resewing lettering or numbering that have come loose, and replacing buttons or zippers. If repairs have be made, an attempt should be made to discern if they are vintage to the period of original wear.
Square Tail: Describes the non-tapered appearance of the early double knit uniforms. Very common in Rawlings jerseys from 1971- circa 1974.
Name on Back Removed (NOBR): Common abbreviation used to indicate that a name has been removed.
Name in Collar (NIC): Term used to describe the location of a player name stitched in collar. May have been done in chain stitch over felt.
Name In Tail (NIT): Term used to describe the location of a player name stitched in collar. May have been done in chain stitch directly into the jersey.
Restoration: Returning a jersey to as close to its original condition. Reapplying a number, name or patch are common forms of restoration. These are different than alterations and repairs as they are not vintage to that period. In the case of patches or crests, an attempt should be made to discern if they are vintage to the period of original wear.
Tackle Twill: Nylon based fabric used for lettering and numbering.
Team Name/Number Change: Phrase used to describe an alteration made by the team to make the jersey available for another player or season, but it vintage to the period of wear.