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Fake Vintage Snapback Hats – What to Avoid

The number one source of true vintage snapback hats will always be ebay. The number of different sellers and the competition between traders means that the website will always offer the most diverse stock at the most competitive prices. Unfortunately though eBay also happens to be the number one source of counterfeit merchandise as well.

Ebay has always been full of fake snapback hats, but until recently there has never been fake deadstock hats available. Now its not just sellers in China but all over the US that sell cheap copies of “Sports Specialties” and even “Starter” hats.

The trend began when a flood of Mighty Ducks fake snapbacks hit ebay, fresh from some sketchy Chinese trader. Since Disney still owns the copyright to the Mighty Ducks logo, you can’t even buy Mighty Ducks retro snapbacks, hence why the vintage ones are worth so much. Some Chinese dude obviously saw the price tags on real vintage Ducks hats and started up his own Eastern basement project. Now you can buy fake Sports Specialties hats in just about any team. They’re cheap as hell but they aren’t even worth $5.

The whole concept of selling fake deadstock is pretty dumb. Its the vintage heads who want real Sports Specialties and Starter hats, and they are the dudes that know a thing or two about hats. Anyone with any knowledge of vintage can tell right away these hats are fake.

Here’s a few examples:

The “Sports Specialties” Script

Notice how the label is stitched into the band at the top and bottom. This particular Sports Specialties tag should hang loose at the bottom. There’s also not a single other tag on the hat. Every real sports specialties tag has the pro team logo on the band as well as the hat material and country of manufacture. Also, none of the fake hats ever have a hang tag. The scripture on the front is stretched way too high and the logo on the side is double the size it should be. The crown also slopes at the wrong angle and the sweatband should not be white not black. See this real hat for a comparison:

This hat is too funny. Manufactured by the same rogues, its a rip off of the Logo Athletic Spike hat. But it has the same sports specialties tag inside! Surely no one falls for this?

Here’s another from the same seller. A fake starter hat this time. All these hats are a cotton twill material, despite the fact that a lot of the designs would likely be on a wool hat. The general quality of the stitching is the giveaway here. The Star of the Starter logo isn’t fully formed and the S is too thick and chunky. The inside tags are better this time, but of course there is no hang tag. The stitching on the underside of the brim is a giveaway too. Its so sloppy the red cotton of the top side is completely uneven when its comes into contact with the green underbrim.

Things to watch out for to avoid fake Sports Specialties and Starter hats:

1. Has the hat been photographed inside a towel?
2. Is the price much lower than industry standard? There is usually a reason.
3. Is there a hang tag?
4. What else is the seller selling? Do they have a lot of sketchy looking shit?
5. What is their feedback like? Negatives?
6. Does the stitching and quality look good? A 20 year old hat still beats any modern fake on quality.
7. Are there sellers all over ebay with the same hat? There’s a reason why a Script heather Sports Specialties Bulls hat is worth so much – its rare!

New Sports Specialties Hockey Snapbacks

Agora Vintage has the largest selection of quality vintage hockey snapbacks in the world.  We just re-affirmed this by adding a ton of premium sports specialties joints to our inventory. We have Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Montreal Quebec script, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottowa Senators, Detroit Red Wings, Philly Flyers and more. We also got some one of kind logo 7 pieces in. Check out the Sharks….

A little G never thought, that I could change the world

N.W.A. helped popularize the Raiders Starter jacket to the point that people were stealing — and in a few cases, even killing — to get their hands on one. What’s your reaction to the social cost of your success?
America is caught up in materialism. People will fight over anything. When a man comes and robs a man for a bag full of groceries, we don’t say we should ban groceries. People are always going to take things from each other. When something like that happens, I’m not like, “Aw, maybe we need to tone it down, maybe we need to wear purple and gold.” You’ve got to chalk that up to the sick materialism we’re all caught up in.

Yeah I realise its a chalkline jacket…but the point stands. Dope!

This is how we flip the script

Sports Specialties should have done this more often. Starter were the brand that realised dudes were wearing their hats backwards, and put their distinctive logo smack bang in the middle for all to see – but Sports Specialties have some flipped up shit too. These Magic hats look like a regular cotton two tone from the front, but spin the hat backwards and you’ve got Sports Specialties’ trophy line right there. We also have some Phoenix Suns in this style somewhere…

Toronto Blue Jays Script Snapback Hat

The Blue Jays may be up there with the least popular MLB teams around today, but that won’t stop this vintage script hat from being one of the most sought after pieces on the market today.

For a little history on Sports Specialties and the script hat, read our blog post from last week.

Sports Specialties MLB script hats are the hardest hats to find. Many may never even have been made. Has anyone seen Sports Specialties script hats for the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers or Baltimore Orioles? ‘Till we got this hat in, we’d never even heard of a Blue Jays script before. This one was bought from a souvenir shop in Toronto in ’93 by a visiting European tourist. You can’t really tell from the pictures, but the front panel is a slight shade of creme, in contrast to the rest of the crown which is a pearly white. It isn’t discoloration – the hat was actually made like that.

Here’s a few hidden MLB gems Agora Vintage has unearthed of late