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New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies players unveil Signature Series apparel by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball

Five members of the World Series champion New York Yankees and five members of the runner-up Philadelphia Phillies have designed their own T-shirts, caps and jerseys as part of a new Major League Baseball clothing line unveiled last week.

Players Choice Signature Series apparel brings a slightly different take to the baseball gear we’re all pretty familiar with but with a player-centric twist on the apparel made by VF/Majestic and Twins/Banner 47 with the assistance of the MLB Players Association.

That means the Swisher Salute, Nick Swisher‘s ritual acknowledgment of the Bleacher Creatures during their pre-game roll call, can appear on his jersey. That means Shane Victorino‘s status as “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” can be celebrated and noted. That means that Jimmy Rollins, who is from Oakland, can have Athletics colors — and more — on his Phillies jersey.

Oh, and Raul Ibanez can have a jersey with that more fan-friendly name on it … “Rauuuuuul.” (Yes, with six u’s.)

It’s those touches that make the uniforms not so uniform, a move that MLB hopes can spark some sales of apparel with personality.

“We’re all different,” said the Yanks’ Mark Teixeira in an interview with MLB.com. “Everyone’s hats are different, everyone’s jerseys are different everyone’s T-shirts are different. Hopefully, they’re all going to sell and everyone’s going to have fun showing off what we made.”

The other Phillies to have Signature Series clothing are Cole Hamels and Jayson Werth, while the Yankees’ lineup is rounded out by Curtis Granderson, Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia.

The T-shirts cost $17.99 and up, while caps are $24.99. The jerseys are $119.99 — and might make interesting autograph options beyond the typical jerseys as many of them feature images of the players as part of the designs.

Some of the players’ tastes might be quite different than the typical sports fan, but it’s that same word — different — that might make these items appeal to more fans, too.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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