This series is inspired by the must-read book “All Caps, Stories That Justify an Outrageous Hat Collection” by Craig Colby. Craig wrote this book about the many caps he has and the stories behind it. Anyhow, this series will be about the caps I own and the stories behind them.
In today’s (short) episode of “Personal Stories About Ballcaps,” we pay attention to a sample cap that was given to me by one of the sponsors of this blog.
Since 2019, the Dutch Baseball Hangout has an agreement with Belgium’s only baseball store, The Cage, located in Borgerhout, a neighbourhood of Antwerp. As a regular visitor of this store, I bought many caps. Through the years, I managed to extend my collection with almost the complete lineup of Belgian Division One clubs, thanks to this shop. But next to these caps, I acquired plenty of caps of second, third, and even fourth-tier teams from Belgium.
During one of the trips to the store in 2022, one of the owners offered me a sample cap. It was made by Maxim, the uniform provider in an attempt to win them over to buy their caps with them. But since Richardson, their main cap provider, produces caps of better quality, they decided to stick with that brand.
Since they were doing nothing with that cap, they asked me if I wanted it. They said, that as an avid cap collector, likely I would appreciate it. And they were right. This cap is just an example of what Maxim can produce. And even though the name at the back says Cats, it isn’t a referral to any club at all.
Although the quality of this cap ain’t great, the material is pure synthetic stuff and is pretty much unstructured, I like this cap. The flamboyant C on the front, pops out thanks to the thin white outline. Also, the word Cats on the back is an eyecatcher.
For sure it is nice to know that no one else in Belgium or the Netherlands has this cap. It is really unique.
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