One of the latest trends for New Era is to collaborate with other companies in the creation of a 59Fifty cap. This Lids offering is a collaboration between New Era (MLB) and Wilson, best known for their baseball gloves and various other sports goods. Once upon a time Wilson also supplied jerseys for MLB and did so for the Padres of the 70s and 80s.
Black crown, button and squatcho
Leather brim and interlocking SD
Metallic gold border stitching and New Era logo
There are 3 different cap versions of the Wilson collaboration with various levels of leather application; this is probably the cap with the second-most usage of leather. There is a version with full-leather front crown panels (though not a Padres version, much to my own chagrin). A notable material used for the crown of this cap is melton wool. Melton wool provides for a soft, fuzzy feel reminiscent of a vintage/retro cap.
Here’s a closer look at the leather brim and interlocking SD logo. Of particular note is that the interlocking SD is layered correctly; a nice detail often missed in many caps.
On the wearer’s right (cap left) is a Wilson pin bolted to the cap.
The MLB Batterman logo is done up in the same metallic gold as the rest of the cap.
The underbrim is an interesting dark green which is equal parts throwback-esque and custom. Another notable detail is the interior taping done up in gold. A black sweatband finishes off the cap.
Added to the usual array of interior branding/label patches is a Wilson strip indicating the cap is part of the New Era/Wilson collaboration.
Cap Availability Status: Common
This cap is still generally available at Lids. A word of warning, though…this collaboration and use of leather has bumped the cap’s price up to $50. I’ll also leave it up to you if you want to oil up and break in the brim like your favorite ball glove*.