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Capshot: San Diego Padres Tony Gwynn Cooperstown 59Fifty

This is a special cap.

I don’t have much to preface this particular cap with other than the fact that it’s an awesome piece of my collection. This cap was a fortunate score on eBay, and you’ll see why:

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Brown brim, front and rear panels
Yellow side panels
Orange piping detail, New Era logo, eyelets, and squatcho
1980-84 Padres wordmark in yellow and orange

The front of the cap is rather unassuming; you’ll find the classic Padres wordmark across the front panels. Otherwise the cap has an interesting motif of colors. Every color of the 1980-1984 colorway is represented.

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On the wearer’s left you’ll find the classic New Era logo in lieu of the usual New Era flag. This logo isn’t used commonly on caps; it’s reserved for special caps as you’ll soon find out.

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That’s right: this is a Tony Gwynn Cooperstown Collection cap. The wearer’s right side of the cap is embroidered with this patch detailing Mr. Padres’ tenure with the team from 1982-2001.

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Tony’s last name and number as it appeared on his jersey is displayed on the rear of the cap in lieu of the usual MLB Batterman logo.

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Underneath the cap features an awesome detail among the many others featured on this cap: an embroidered version of Tony’s signature right on the green underbrim. It also appears that the Gwynn 19 embroidery was an after-production afterthought as it’s embroidered straight through the New Era taping.

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Here’s a closer look at Tony’s signature embroidered on the underbrim.

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In addition to the usual brand, size, and collection tags you’ll find the National Baseball Hall Of Fame tag added to the sweatband.

Cap Availability Status: Grail

This is the first cap I’ve written about that I would consider a grail. A grail in the cap collecting world is a cap that is both a rarity and a must-own for a collector. Some grails are considered universal; others are considered grails only to certain collectors. I definitely consider this cap a grail.

The first time I’ve ever seen this cap was the time I bought it, and I suggest you do the same should you ever come across one of your own. Unfortunately for me, I’ll never be able to wear this cap (it’s a size 7). All the same, I’m fortunate to have this particular Tony Gwynn cap in my collection.

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