Kit Collection

I just recently started to get the itch to collect soccer jerseys (or football kits, depending on where you are from). Admittedly, this is all in its infancy, but there is just something awesome about a fresh soccer jersey.

As you will be able to deduct, I am an Everton fan first, so many of my shirts are of the mighty Toffees. I’m hoping to grow it as much as possibly in the coming years and for as cheap as possible.

Being on a budget, I would love to hear any tips or tricks you all have for getting the best bang for your buck.

Also, what is your opinion on names, numbers and badges on jerseys? Should you always get them or are there only certain instances? I would love your feedback in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter @_TyYoung

The shirts are in order from my most recent purchase to my first buy. Remember, I’m a newbie…so be gentle.

Enjoy!

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6.) Everton 2014/15 Home Kit LS
-Blue/Black
-Umbro
-“Besic 17” on the back
-Europa League and Respect badges on arms
-Price paid: $44 + $10.52 shipping = $54.52
-Bought from Everton Direct in May 2015

everton-2014-15-home

Two words: LONG SLEEVES! Or is it long-sleeved? Because that would be one word. Whatever. The things you put your arms through are longer than normal, and I am pumped about it.

Getting Muhammed Besic’s name and number with patches actually cost the same as a shirt that was blank so I had to go for it. Who knows when EFC will be back in a big European competition? Surely not me, so I snatched it up. Not to mention, the club revealed next season’s new home strip shortly after I ordered this bad boy, and I am not digging the white collar. And I needed a blue shirt so I can support the BLUES! This is all kinds of awesomeness right here!

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5.) Everton 2014/15 Third Kit SS
-White/Blackberry
-Umbro
-Price paid: $40 + $10.68 shipping = $50.68 total
-Bought from Everton Direct in March 2015

Everton-2014-15-Third-JerseyEverton is in the middle of their annual 50% sale for their kits and I had to swoop in and get something. I really wish this was long-sleeved. That version has cuffs at the wrist and would make me feel like Romelu Lukaku in it. Alas, the short-sleeved version will have to do.

This is pretty much the most I like to spend on jereys. I find $50 to be a reasonable price. Living in America, you can’t find an NFL or MLB jersey for less than $80 brand new. So to have the newest shirt from your favorite team for a fraction of that price, I can’t complain.

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4.) Everton 2010-11 Away Kit SS
-Pink/Navy
-Le Coq Sportif
-Price paid: $14.36 + $10.58 shipping =  $24.94
-Bought from Ebay in February 2015

everton-2010-11-awayI have had my eyes on this one for a WHILE! I always liked soccer growing up, and I thought it was awesome seeing Americans like Landon Donovan and Tim Howard play for Everton. But seeing this jersey in FIFA 11 was the final push to make me a supporter for life. I realize that is an absolutely lame reason, but I was probably a 17-year-old when I saw it and dumb things like that make a difference.

It would have been nice to get this from someone in the States to save on shipping, but otherwise this was a great bargain, and it is easily my favorite shirt that I own at the moment.

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3.) Brazil 2014-15 Away Kit SS
-Blue (stripped)
-Nike
-Price paid: $1.50
-Bought from Dick’s Sporting Goods in January 2015

brazil-2014-15-awayAnother clearance special at the good old DSG. I suppose I am a bit deceptive in the above price. It rang up for $11.50, BUT I had a $10 coupon for being a valued customer and applied it to get this thing for less than two doll hairs. You really can’t beat that. A jersey from the World Cup host that year? BaDing!

The crappy thing about this is that it is an XL. I’m 6’1″ but slender. This bad boy really does not fit me so I have left the tags on, and perhaps I will one day resell it. But then again, I may just get humongous one day. Rather than having to re-buy every single shirt I own, I will already have one to wear. Score! It even has a V-neck for my double chin to dangle in.

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2.) France 2014-15 Training Shirt SS
-Red
-Nike
-Price paid: $6
-Bought from Dick’s Sporting Goods in January 2015

france-2014-trainingI worked at Dick’s Sporting Goods for about a little less than two years. Therefore, we tended to get first dibs on most stuff, including clearance. Following the 2014 World Cup, in which France had a nice showing, this little number was just hanging in the soccer section. I took the initiative to look up the price. It came up $23.97: a clearance price. We just so happened to have a sale at the time; 75% off clearance merchandise.

Merci, monsieur Dick. Le jersey est moi…or something.

I’ve got my eyes peeled for more World Cup stuff. I’m talking to you red, white and blue USA jersey! Because the new blue/white thingy is just god awful! Although I do like the socks. Why am I still typing? Buh bye.

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1.) Everton 2012-13 Away Kit SS
-Black/Yellow
-Nike
-Price paid: $49.99
-Bought from Ebay in February 2014

everton-2012-13-awayThis was part of the whole issue Everton supporters had with Nike as a jersey supplier. They made kits for multiple teams and they all look very similar. Honestly, I really don’t care either way. The black and yellow look nice together and it has an Everton crest on it, so I’m on board.

My first jersey was a birthday present for the day I turned 21 years old. I know, I’m a late bloomer, but better late than never. I’m not much of a drinker so buying jerseys can be my vice. And once you go black, you…buy more shirts.

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