Part 3: The history of the Packers jersey

sharpe.jpg1992 Starter: 1992 was a season of big changes for the team from Green Bay. The season brought with it a new head coach named Mike Holmgren, an unheard of quarterback named Brett Favre, and a new jersey made by Starter. Five years later all three were still together. Coach Holmgren celebrated the Super Bowl XXXI victory with Favre while wearing his Starter jersey. Tagging: The Starter manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. The main Starter tag read “Designed & Tailored Exclusively for the Green Bay Packers.” The Starter logo appeared on each sleeve. Color: Home jerseys were green with white numbering; road jerseys were white with green numbering. Green base color. Numbering: Silkscreened numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with three predominate yellow stripes and two lesser white stripes. The white stripes are separated by thin green stripes. The roads sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Interesting Notes: Sterling Sharpe finished the 1992 season as the NFL’s all time single-season reception record holder and preferred his sleeves cuffs with tight elastic fit. Brett Favre Watch: Brett Favre wore open sleeves trimmed close to the bottom stripes. 1993 Starter Tagging: The Starter manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. The main Starter tag read “Designed & Tailored Exclusively for the Green Bay Packers.” This tag was found in the middle next to two additional tags. To the left, was the box “93” year tag. The size flag tag was found to the right. Starter manufactured both home and road jerseys. The Starter logo appeared on each sleeve. Patch: Issued with the Packers 75th Anniversary patch on left front chest. Color: Home jerseys were green with white numbering; road jerseys were white with green numbering. Green base color. Numbering: Silkscreened numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with three predominate yellow stripes and two lesser white stripes. The white stripes are separated by thin green stripes. The road sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Brett Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves that were found trimmed very close to the bottom of the second white stripe. 1994 Starter Tagging: The Starter manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. The size and year tag could be found on a strip tag in the neck. On the manufacturers tail tag, the size was located on a flag tag. The size flag tag matches the box size tag found in the neck. The Starter logo appears on each sleeve. Patch: Found with the 75th Anniversary NFL patch on left front chest. Color: Home jerseys were green with white numbering; road jerseys were white with green numbering. Green base color. Numbering: Silkscreened numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with three predominate yellow stripes and two lesser white stripes. The white stripes are separated by thin green stripes. The road sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the v-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Interesting Notes: On Halloween, the Packers wore a yellow and white throwback jersey. Favre Watch: Favre continued to wear open sleeves cut close to the bottom yellow stripe. Known Examples: 1994 Brett Favre throwback jersey grade MEARS A5. 1995 Starter Manufacturer: The Starter manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. The Starter tag read “Designed & Tailored Exclusively for the Green Bay Packers.” In the collar could be found a white box tag, which notes the year and size appearing as 95-48 for a size 48 jersey. Color: Home jerseys were green with white numbering; road jerseys were white with green numbering. Green base color. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. This was the first time the sewn numbers were applied in that fashion and continues to this day. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with three predominate yellow stripes and two lesser white stripes. The white stripes are separated by thin green stripes. The roads sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore cuffed sleeves during the season and his jersey contained heavy side panels. 1996 Starter Manufacturer: The Starter manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. The Starter tag read “Designed & Tailored Exclusively for the Green Bay Packers.” The flag size could be found attached on the right side of the manufacturers tag. The collar contains a white box tag, which notes the year and size appearing as 96-48 for a size 48 jersey. Color: Home jerseys were green with white numbering; road jerseys were white with green numbering. Green base color. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with three predominate yellow stripes and two lesser white stripes. The white stripes are separated by thin green stripes. The road sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves during the season with an approximate 1-inch space of green material after the final sleeve stripe. Jersey contained heavy side panels. 1997 Nike Manufacturer: During the 1997 season, the Packers switched to Nike. The trademark ‘Swoosh’ was found on both sleeves. The Nike manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. In the collar was a white box tag, which noted the year and size. It appeared as 97-48 for a size 48 jersey. The Packers repeated their trip to the Super Bowl. Nike issued these jerseys, and a Super Bowl XXXII patch appeared on the Super Bowl jerseys. Color: Home jerseys were green with white numbering; road jerseys were white with green numbering. Green base color. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with two predominate yellow stripes and one white stripe. The white stripes are separated by two thin green stripes. The roads sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves during the season with an approximate 1-inch space of green material after the final sleeve stripe. Jersey contained heavy side panels. 1998 Nike Manufacturer: The trademark ‘Swoosh’ was found on both sleeves. The Nike manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. In the collar was a white box tag, which noted the year and size. It appeared as 98-48 for a size 48 jersey. Color: Home jerseys were green with white numbering; road jerseys were white with green numbering. Green base color. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with two predominate yellow stripes and one white stripe. The white stripes are separated by two thin green stripes. The road sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves during the season with an approximate 1-inch space of green material after the final sleeve stripe. Jersey contained heavy side panels. 1999 Nike Manufacturer: The trademark ‘swoosh’ was found on both sleeves. The Nike manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. In the collar was a white box tag, which noted the year and size appearing as 99-48 for a size 48 jersey. Color: Home jerseys were green with white numbering; road jerseys were white with green numbering. Green base color. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with two predominate yellow stripes and one white stripe. The white stripes are separated by two thin green stripes. The road sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves during the season with an approximate 1-inch space of green material after the final sleeve stripe. Jersey contained heavy side panels. 2000 Nike Manufacturer: The trademark ‘swoosh’ was found on both sleeves. The Nike manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. The size and NFL logo was printed as part of the manufacturers label. In the collar was a white box tag, which noted the year and size appearing as 00-48 for a size 48 jersey. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with two predominate yellow stripes and one white stripe. The white stripes are separated by two thin green stripes. The roads sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves during the season with an approximate 1-inch space of green material after the final sleeve stripe. Jersey contained heavy side panels. 2001 Reebok Manufacturer: 2001 was another season of change. Reebok supplied the Green & Gold with their gridiron garb for the 2001 season. The Reebok logo was found on both sleeves. The Reebok manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. In the collar was a white box tag, which noted the year and size appearing as 01-48 for a size 48 jersey. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with two predominate yellow stripes and one white stripe. The white stripes are separated by two thin green stripes. The road sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves during the season with an approximate 1-inch space of green material after the final sleeve stripe. Jersey contained heavy side panels. A special all white throwback jersey was worn during the Packers appearance on Thanksgiving Day. Many extras of this style were produced and have found their way onto the market. 2002 Reebok Manufacturer: The Reebok logo is found on both sleeves. The Reebok manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. Attached on the right edge of the tag was flag size tag. Sometimes customizations such as extra length apeared. In the collar was a white box tag, which noted the year and size appearing as 02-48 for a size 48 jersey. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with two predominate yellow stripes and one white stripe. The white stripes are separated by two thin green stripes. The roads sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL Apparel shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves during the season with an approximate 1-inch space of green material after the final sleeve stripe. Jersey contained heavy side panels. 2003 Reebok Manufacturer: The Reebok logo was found on both sleeves. The Reebok manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. Attached on the right edge of the tag was the flag size tag. Sometimes customizations such as extra length appeared. In the collar was a white box tag, which noted the year and size appearing as 03-48 for a size 48 jersey. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with two predominate yellow stripes and one white stripe. The white stripes are separated by two thin green stripes. The road sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL Apparel shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves during the season with an approximate 1-inch space of green material after the final sleeve stripe. Jersey contained heavy side panels. 2004 Reebok Manufacturer: The Reebok logo was found on both sleeves. The Reebok manufacturers tag was located on the outer left tail. In the collar was a white box tag, which noted the year and size appearing as 04-48 for a size 48 jersey. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves were striped with two predominate yellow stripes and one white stripe. The white stripes are separated by two thin green stripes. The road sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL Apparel shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves during the season with an approximate 1-inch space of green material after the final sleeve stripe. Jersey contained heavy side panels. 2005 Reebok Manufacturer: The Reebok logo is found on both sleeves. The Reebok manufacturers tag is located on the outer left tail. In the collar is a white box tag, which notes the year and size appearing as 04-48 for a size 48 jersey. Numbering: Sewn numbers appeared on the sleeve, front and back. Striping: Home sleeves are striped with two predominate yellow stripes and one white stripe. The white stripes are separated by two thin green stripes. The road sleeves were reversed in color with no separating stripes. Neckline: The home jersey V-neckline was trimmed in green, gold and white and the road V-neck had “green-gold-green” trim. The NFL Apparel shield appeared uniformly sewn at the bottom point of the V-neck. NOB: Packers continued with names on the back of their jerseys. Block lettering was applied to a nameplate. Material: A combination of dazzle cloth and mesh material continued to be used. Favre Watch: Favre wore open sleeves during the season with an approximate 1-inch space of green material after the final sleeve stripe. Jersey contained heavy side panels. Note of Interest Tom Murphy of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame has invited me to research the game-worn jerseys currently housed in the museum. MEARS will study and document the jerseys, sideline capes, and helmets representing the years 1921 to 58. Currently, the earliest jersey we have examined was late 1930’s knit blue and gold pull over of player No. 18. The manufacturers tag was found in the collar and read “April 8, 1924 Patent Date, Shea Knitting Mills, Chicago.” The box size tag 48 was found sewn in the crotch piece.

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