Hipsters want your old NBA jerseys

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 8 years ago '08        #1
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Hipsters want your old NBA jerseys
 

 


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AM HAAVISTO lays his Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf jersey on an ottoman, carefully smoothing the mesh fabric like it’s an ancient relic. The jersey was purchased on eBay for $7, but for Mr. Haavisto, who began collecting N.B.A. replica jerseys when he was 8, the rarity and historical significance of Mr. Abdul-Rauf’s make it an invaluable collector’s item.

During the 1995-96 season, Mr. Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for the national anthem, which Mr. Haavisto called “a bold, fascinating statement for somebody whose job was to play basketball.”

Mr. Haavisto, a 22-year-old aspiring filmmaker in Manhattan who wears tortoiseshell glasses and Vans sneakers, is among an unexpected breed of memorabilia collectors: 20-somethings with limited finances and unlimited nostalgia for the N.B.A. players — often obscure — of their childhoods.

Walk Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on a sunny Sunday, and you’ll spy any number of young men in vintage N.B.A. jerseys. It’s a safe bet none are headed to the basketball court.

Among those to document this fashion/nostalgia trend was the blogger Jeff Sutelman, writing for TheFasterTimes.com, where I am an editor. While attending the Pitchfork Music Festival in July in Chicago, Mr. Sutelman, who was wearing a Mark Price Cleveland Cavaliers jersey, noticed he couldn’t go five minutes without seeing others wearing jerseys representing forgotten players like Ed O’Bannon, Glen Rice and Isaiah Rider.

Later, after Mr. Sutelman wrote about these jerseys, the sports blog Deadspin.com asked readers to submit photos of themselves in their favorite jerseys for an online feature. A 75-photograph series from Lollapalooza had over 52,000 page views.

Some of these hoopsters — as Deadspin, in an obvious play on “hipster,” calls them — wear them as commentaries on their youth. Others are truly nostalgic. “I actually did love Ed O’Bannon growing up,” Matthew Keegan, an owner of that player’s Nets jersey, wrote in an e-mail, adding that he once dreamed of having a home locker room filled with jerseys for friends to wear while playing basketball in the neighborhood.

Both Mr. Keegan and Mr. Haavisto say they resent the new-found popularity of these jerseys among the fashion-conscious who are not basketball fans, and lament the rising prices for used and replica jerseys. Mr. Haavisto refused to name his favorite vintage store for fear of word getting around.

David Matthews, a contributing editor to Deadspin, sees a possible psycho-social imperative behind the trend. “A friend of mine thinks that wearing an N.B.A. jersey is a way of showcasing your masculinity after years of figurative castration brought on by skinny jeans and the like,” he said. “She has a point, but at the same time, it could just be an ironic response to that idea.”

There’s a practical aspect, too. Many 20-somethings still have the jerseys they bought as children. Because they are made to fit loosely, and today’s Williamsburg crowd tends toward the slim-shouldered and slim-fitting, the child-size jerseys still fit.

But others, like James Yeh, a Williamsburg resident and owner of both a Jerry Stackhouse and a Michael Jordan (No. 45) jersey, still don’t fit into them. “They were too big for me then, and they’re too big for me now.”



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this s**t is kinda disturbing for some reason

54 comments for "Hipsters want your old NBA jerseys"

 09-18-2010, 12:49 AM         #2
Got Cheeve? 
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Dirty fkin Hipsters
and now...
superheros as hipsters


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 8 years ago '08        #3
RustyLorcin 12 heat pts12
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the trend was bound to come back... now they are just going to be worn tight instead of 3XL
 8 years ago '05        #4
Hold That 104 heat pts104
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white folks won.. When they do it, they purchase the cheap a.ss champion jersey's.. When black folks do it they rip themselves off by purchasing 300-500 dollar jersey's that wont be worn 2 years to date.
 8 years ago '08        #5
Dee Grande 1269 heat pts1269 OP
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this s**t aint even fly
 09-18-2010, 02:07 AM         #6
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 hold that said:
white folks won.. When they do it, they purchase the cheap a.ss champion jersey's.. When black folks do it they rip themselves off by purchasing 300-500 dollar jersey's that wont be worn 2 years to date.

bingo!
 8 years ago '08        #7
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 Got Cheeve? said:

Spider-Man's fggt a.ss


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:rofl :
 09-18-2010, 02:27 AM         #8
iThink 
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 Got Cheeve? said:
Dirty fkin Hipsters
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superheros as hipsters


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i bought a 3 from buffalo exchange on a thrift/vintage kick for 6 bucks each
 8 years ago '04        #9
franchise 60 heat pts60
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so my rookie stackhouse sixers jersey is worth 6 bucks to a hipster?


i'd rather destroy it for no reason
 8 years ago '07        #10
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C'mon dawg... forreal now??
 8 years ago '10        #11
Delbert Mengel 28 heat pts28
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f**king hate hipsters
 8 years ago '09        #12
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 DelbertMengel said:
f**king hate hipsters
This.....i really f**kin hate hipsters..and they really think theyr cool too...like they wearin old jerseys and drinking 40's....i f**kin hate that s**t man
 8 years ago '10        #13
Nautilus O 18 heat pts18
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This aint nothing new, white boys been rocking tight replica since Seinfield days
 09-18-2010, 09:49 AM         #14
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 Hold That said:
white folks won.. When they do it, they purchase the cheap a.ss champion jersey's.. When black folks do it they rip themselves off by purchasing 300-500 dollar jersey's that wont be worn 2 years to date.
Lol too late for some of those hardcore jersey collectors who bought a new one every week.
 8 years ago '05        #15
Junior G 116 heat pts116
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first off what's a hipster?

second off that Kittles jersey >
 09-18-2010, 10:14 AM         #16
Got Cheeve? 
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black hipsters are effectively known as Blipsters (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Pharrell, Will.i.am etc.) These folks are usually viewed within the white community as "not really being black" etc. just givin yall a peek in to white world.
 09-18-2010, 10:16 AM         #17
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Reading the comments page on the site: "These are pretty bad, but I think the guy with the full Rodney Rogers uniform in #3 is just in poor taste."

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 8 years ago '04        #18
notoriousthugzz 51 heat pts51
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Nothing new.

I been seeing dudes rock these all summer down in Sea Isle
 8 years ago '04        #19
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too bad all my jerseys are authentics and like 2xls...
 09-18-2010, 11:19 AM         #20
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 TeflonDon said:
too bad all my jerseys are authentics and like 2xls...
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