Old Baseball Jerseys – Authentic or Replica?

Seeing your favorite baseball team reach the finals is a very exciting phase but are you ready for it? Do you have a baseball jersey that you can wear to the game? Do you prefer old baseball jerseys, authentic or replica?

Of course each year, all teams along with the players and their multitude of fans are really hoping that each season their own team will win the most coveted championship title.

As a baseball fanatic, nothing can really beat the feeling of excitement when you see your baseball team land in the finals. But did you prepare a checklist for this year’s baseball season? Are all those checklists are already completed before the season had started? Or have you not bought any baseball merchandise and realize that the mid season is already finished?

It is advisable that you prepare a checklist that will help you prepare and enjoy this year’s season. The number one baseball merchandise in your checklist should be old baseball jersey or throwback jersey.

In old baseball jersey, you can either buy replica or authentic. What are their differences? Replica jerseys carry printed names and numbers of players while the authentic, the names and numbers are embroidered.

Authentic jerseys often come with double padded shoulders and elbows to survive the rudiments of the game but the replicas do not have that same kind of durability.

Meanwhile, the colors and designs of authentic and replica are also somewhat different because replica do not capture the exact color of the jersey while authentic captures the real color of the jersey as they are fashioned in a way like the actual jerseys used by players in the field.

Old baseball jerseys are the most popular baseball merchandise today for several reasons. Teens and adults alike are really fond of collecting old baseball jerseys. The older the design of the jersey is, the more it is expensive and the more the team or player history is colorful, the higher old baseball jerseys are sold in higher prices.

Replica jerseys are affordable especially for teens as you can already bought a piece of this at around a hundred bucks while authentic jerseys are priced at minimum of two hundred dollars and max of three hundred dollars.

At first glance, you may not actually see the difference as they may look similar but the durability of authentic jerseys are consider to be more reliable than the replica.

Though if you want to support your team and staying on a friendly budget, replica of old baseball jersey is highly recommended as this will also achieve the same goal of publicly showing your support to your team while staying reasonably price.

But if you are a serious collector of old baseball jersey and you really want to make a fashion statement that will surely get attention, authentic old baseball jerseys is the one for you.

It is also important for you to know that authentic old baseball jerseys are can be sold with a higher value particularly if a popular baseball player affix his signature into it.

The Art of Enrollment, Part VI – Internalize!

Continuing the 2013 series on The Art of Enrollment, Part VI is Internalize. You will remember that “enrollment” is:

A way of supporting another person by offering a product, a service, or simply a solution; a way of communicating with another person that inspires them to move forward with something they want by using something you have. Enrollment is a way to interact with others so that they want to work with you. (As always, I am indebted to Source Point Training Co. for introducing me to this concept.)

You may want to read parts I through V of the REALITY model of enrollment as described below:

R apport – Create rapport; build trust.

E ngage — Be genuinely interested and focused on the other person.

A sk — Ask questions to clarify the other person’s desired outcomes.

L isten – Listen closely for what is important to him or her.

I nternalize – Understand the other person and what she wants and needs before you explain what you have. Be sure what you are offering fits the need.

T each – Show the other person that what you are offering will lead to the outcome they desire.

Y es! – Gain commitment and action.

To review, the first step even before engaging in the enrollment process is to ask yourself, “WHAT do I want to enroll this person IN?” It is important to know this and be intentional about your efforts.

Then you must gain RAPPORT with the other person. You must ENGAGE with them so you are focused on the other person and they feel that you are present. You must ASK curious questions to find out what is important to the other person. And you must truly LISTEN. This week, we move on to the step called INTERNALIZE.

What does this mean?

Internalize

Internalize means, “understand the other person and what she wants and needs before you explain what you have; be sure what you are offering fits the need.”

This is a simple, but important step. The first part of it – understanding what the other person needs – should arise from the “ask” and “listen” steps. If you are asking curious questions and reflecting back what you hear, you will come to an understanding of what the other person wants.

The second part of this step is to ask yourself, “Do I have what this person needs?” This step will differentiate you from traditional salespeople who continue trying to sell you a vacuum cleaner after you tell them you don’t have a rug. Remember we said that what is important in enrollment is your commitment to the other person’s agenda? The other person’s agenda is what they really want and what is important to them. To be a successful enroller, your agenda (ex: to make a sale) must fit within their agenda. If your agenda does fit within their agenda, then your goal is to help them get what they want. Most people respond favorably to this type of approach. Internalizing is the distinguishing feature of this approach where you become “enroller” rather than “salesman.” The enroller can honestly say, “I hear you want X, and I don’t think what we have is the best fit for you. But you might try going to talk to Joe Smith because I think he can help you get what you need.” This may be your answer if you are honestly looking out for what the other person wants. You will also build trust with that person if you tell them the truth about whether your product/service will fit their need.

Example: One of my clients is a real estate investor. When we began working together, he was transitioning from being a real estate agent and just selling property, to getting involved in real estate development and investment transactions. He decided this was where his new business would be. Here is the conversation he shared with me.

Potential Client [PC]: I am looking for a piece of property to buy.

Owner of Investment Co: [Ask] That’s great. I’m wondering what you want the property for?

PC: I want to use it to make money, as an investment vehicle.

Owner: Well that is what we do, but let me get more information from you. How do you see this being an investment vehicle?

PC: Well, I would buy the property and then I would rent it out and in 25 years, it would be paid off and I would own it free and clear.

Owner: [Reflecting] So you are looking to buy a rental property to hold onto for the long term so that ideally your renter pays the mortgage and you ultimately own the property outright when you retire. Do I have that right?

PC: Yes; that’s exactly what I want to do.

Owner: [Internalizing] That seems like a great plan. That’s not really what I do, but I know a great guy who works in this area. I suggest you go see Joe Smith. He is a very competent real estate agent and can help you to find the perfect property for your needs.

Note: This owner got enough information to discover that the PC was not looking for the type of investment/development property that he worked with. Another option, however, could have been for Owner to have worked on enrolling PC into investing in Owner’s properties. If he wanted to do that, he would have asked more questions about the purpose of investing and made sure that what PC wanted in terms of investment opportunity would be met by changing from buying a piece of property outright to hold for the long term to investing in properties that Owner had for development.

Hopefully you have had an opportunity to practice the steps separately. At this point you should practice enrollment as a whole, over the next few weeks. See if you can integrate the 5 steps covered so far. See where you are proficient and where you need help.

Why Sports Jerseys?

Have you ever wondered why so many sport jerseys are being worn? Sports jerseys can be seen everywhere you go! Some of the most common appearances are shopping malls, grocery stores, the local post office, and of course at every sporting event you attend or watch on television. Can we assume the participants take pride in their favorite team or just want to look the part?

Sports jerseys have long been a part of sporting events. The National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA) and all college teams from the ACC to the PAC 10 are all well represented by their loyal fans. The sports jersey is so much more than showing support of your favorite team. Jerseys are worn for comfort and sometimes even status.
Some rabid sports fans even enjoy wearing their jerseys to bed. Whatever the reason, sports jerseys have become a part of our nation’s need for the sporting world.

Sports jerseys come in all colors, shapes and sizes. You can purchase your favorite team’s jersey with your favorite player’s number and name on it. You are also able to customize your jersey with your own name on it as well. Jerseys can be purchased in the local mega discount stores as well as the high-end retail chains in shopping malls and also at most sports complexes.

One of the easiest ways to browse for a sports jersey is on the internet. You can find all you ever wanted to purchase to show your team pride. You can take all the time you need to look for that perfect jersey for yourself or looking for just the right gift for the sports fan that seems to have it all. The purchases made online are usually secure. Make sure that the small lock icon is located at the bottom of the page when ordering.

Get that jersey on and have a fun time with it!

Proudly Wearing Your Throwback Baseball Jerseys

America’s national pastime – baseball. Way back when, baseball was a gentlemen’s game, and the players were devoted to it. They were paid very little money and even less attention. Today, of course, people who love baseball have had their illusions shattered with controversy over steroid use, home run records, and so many other scandals. But if you really and truly just love the game of baseball and miss the days when it was pure sport, what to do? The answer is simple – proudly wear a classic baseball throwbacks. These great items celebrate the sport back when it was just that – a sport. When the players earned their records through practice and skill, and maybe just a bit of luck, but not with “juicing” and other dangerous shortcuts. Wearing a throwback baseball jersey is a great way to honor the legacies of the sport and to show that you will never give up on the game, no matter who tries to taint it.

If you’re going to choose a throwback baseball jersey for yourself or as a gift, start by considering their hometown or favorite team. Are they from Chicago? Then of course you’ll get the Cubs. If it’s New York, are they Yankees or Mets fans? A throwback baseball jersey is a personal statement, so be sure you know exactly which team or player they’ll be rooting for – a Yankees fan wearing a Mets jersey is going to get a lot of strange looks at the sports bar!

Maybe you’re not sure which team or which player you want to honor with a throwback baseball jersey. Do not fret, there are many that are made up that are not any one particular team but that closely resemble uniforms of days past. No matter which you will choose, you’ll be proud to show off your genuine love for a genuine game with your own throwback baseball jersey.