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Cleveland Indians 1997 World Series Cap - Fresh Fitted Friday

If you've been coming around here the past few weeks, you know that I've been on a crazy Tim Raines tear but I'm going to pause on covering his former teams to talk about this Cleveland Indians 1997 World Series cap. The differences between its tags and last week's Florida Marlins cap from the very same year got my head spinning so here we are! 

Of course, it's important to remember that there were no hard and fast rules — only guidelines — when it came to which tags New Era would use on its caps. The main reason for this differential probably has as much to do with available supply as anything else. Hopefully you enjoy taking a look at this one!

The Cleveland Indians primarily used this version of the ever-controversial "Chief Wahoo" cap logo during the 1997 World Series. This one is considerably larger than the logo seen on their 2016 World Series cap.

Just like with last week's Florida Marlins 1997 World Series cap, this patch is a bit brighter than the New York Yankees 1996 World Series cap.

The New Era flag began to appear on tags in 1997 however last week's Marlins cap did not feature it nor the updated size tag. My guess is they applied the World Series patch to caps on hand. I also believe 1997 was the last year this version of the "Authentic Diamond Collection" tag was used.

I don't have many caps that only have the 59Fifty satin taping on only part of the crown's inside. New Era might have still been testing out the look but it's interesting that they didn't use it on this New York Yankees 1998 World Series cap but it is featured in full on this Calgary Cannons cap from 1998.
Thanks for reading along and I hope you come back next week for more cap shenanigans!

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