But a lot of times in the modern sports world, individuals trump teams, and that's how I ended up with TWO Deion Sanders Cowboys jerseys. The first was a relatively inexpensive replica, but the second was this high-end Wilson double star model, which I picked up on clearance from Eastbay in 1996.
The jersey was advertised as an authentic, but really it's a predecessor to the Reebok EQT jerseys that are currently available. The numbers and the double stars on the shoulders are all sewn on, but the layering on them is a screen-print effect. Still, back in '96, this was easily the most high-end jersey I owned, and it was frustrating that it barely fit me then (since it was a clearance item, there wasn't exactly a lot of size option available).
Despite the fact that I didn't like the Cowboys then, and my disdain for them has grown in the years since, I still think this is one of the cooler jerseys in my collection, to the point that if Mitchell and Ness offered a throwback of this jersey (whether this blue version or the white version with the blue sleeves), I'd get it, like I did with my Deion 49ers jersey. And yes, I'm aware that they offer Emmitt, Michael and Troy in this style, but I don't care about those guys, I care about Deion.
Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile. Next week will wrap up the Deion Sanders collection.