I recall the first time I ever went to a Mitchell & Ness store. It was in Philly, and my friends and I spent a whole day on South Street shopping until we literally dropped. We decided to go into the Mitchell & Ness store, mainly because I just bought at least 2 pairs of sneakers, and like 5 hats, so I wanted a Throwback to go with it. There it was.. the 1987 Atlanta Hawks Spud Webb jersey! Since it was an authentic store, these Jerseys were like $250+, and I am just as much into financial trends as I am fashion trends, so I decided not to buy one. Instead I bought a Swingman jersey, and just window shopped and picked the Throwback I would buy “once my money got right”
….. This was back in 2002.
Now its 2008, and though my money is right, buying a Throwback is WRONG! I understand that it was such a necessity to buy Jordans and a throwback together, but its time to ween yourself off of this! Honestly, when was the last time you saw anyone on TV, except for old school clips of the week on 106 and Park, wearing a Jersey? I can’t believe that clubs still have to say “No Jerseys” as part of their dress code! Let me share with you the times that its safe to have a Throwback, or any type of Jersey:
1. You want to frame it, aspire for an autograph, and keep it as a collector’s item
2. You are actually at the game in which the home team is the jersey you are wearing
3. You are hosting a party at home in which you want people to show spirit for their favorite sports team
4. You are 4 years old and full of tantrums, so your parents let you wear whatever you want
Boy, am I glad I bought a Paul Pierce Celtics Swingman Jersey (couldn’t afford the Vintage Larry Bird Mitchell & Ness) back in the day! He still plays with them after all these years, and I was able to follow rule #3!