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1980-1992 Reading Phillies

I've finally run out of classic Eastern League caps, y'all. The last few weeks have been fun but I'm really excited to share a recent pick-up that has a timely meaning to me. I'll be in Philadelphia this weekend celebrating a good friend's birthday and because "R" is her last initial, I'll be wearing a Reading Phillies snapback in her honor.

Like the Albany-Colonie Yankees logo, this one reminds me of fond memories collecting baseball cards as a youngster.

As far as I can tell from the old photos in my research, this is the logo that Reading stuck with from around 1980 until 1991. The following year was when the caps went from maroon to MAGA-tized red and the serifs went from pointy to bubbly:

I tried finding a card from a recognizable player from that 1992 season but there really were none. The closest I could find was Mike Lieberthal.
The maroon crown with the green underbrim is such a legendary combination. Don't fight it, Fightins!

The New Era tag here is identical to the Tidewater Tides hat that I wrote about a while back. It's worth a read, so check it out!

As a New Yorker, I love giving my Philadelphia friends a hard time about the antics of their city's sports fans but it's all in good fun. I enjoy Philly immensely and I wish I could get there more often, especially considering how close it is to New York City. I can't believe the last time I wrote about a hat affiliated with the Phillies was just over three years ago. 

I spend a lot of time complaining about how my favorite caps don't get enough love in the retro department but I'm happy to say that the Reading Fightin Phils have a release planned for this one in 2018 so check out their team store for more info. From the looks of it, I like what they did and I'm hoping the logo measures closely to the 4.5cm x 5cm on this retro.

Thanks for coming to check out the last installment of the Eastern League celebration. I hope you enjoyed reading about this classic hat. This cap isn't for sale or trade however don't hesitate to reach out if there's something you like on the Trading Block and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.

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