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  1. First let me start by saying this thread is being started based on post #29 on this thread here (post #29 by sdix00) http://umpire-empire.com/index.php/topic/12205-favorite-brand-of-shirts/ Secondly, ...based on what I learned from sdix's post, and looking at Terry's ebay auctions, I ordered a couple of these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-Baseball-Softball-Umpire-Shirt-MLB-Black-AWESOME-Free-Shipping-/270977216585?pt=US_Men_s_Athletic_Apparel&var=&hash=item3f17803049 I'm going to start with the negative: First, the picture Terry has on this auction is actually the Smitty MLB replica, not the one he's selling. But, no big deal really. Second, the white stripe on Terry's shirt is almost 2x as wide as the Smitty and/or Majestic MLB shirt. Is this bad? Only if other umpires are watching and would notice. And if you and your partner have the same shirt, it goes virtually un-noticed. Still, it's not accurate. Third, the buttons are a pearlescent white, not black. Ok, now the good stuff: 1) The fabric is light, soft, and stretchy! 2) They launder and come out of the dryer (gentle cycle) very nicely! 3) The difference in cut as described by sdix00 in his post is true. The sleeve opening is a little larger, and the sleeve is a touch longer. 4) The tails, both front and back are long! This makes for a simple tuck that stays there, period! I'm a belt/pant fidget-meister, and last night I barely (if any) bothered with it! It was nice! 5) The buttons, although a pearly white actually provide a decent contrast to an all-black shirt. I thought they'd look bad, but they don't. 6) The stripe doesn't look bad as discussed. Unless you KNOW, or can compare w/ another MLB replica like Smitty, or the Majestic original, you probaby wouldn't know. AND, if you're both wearing one, it disappears.. We wore this shirt last Sunday in 75 degrees and about 25mph winds. VERY COMFY. I also wore it last night in about 72 degrees (both plates) ..again ...light, soft , comfy...nice! I've reported back to Terry with my concerns as noted in this post. I suggested that in order for the shirts to be real replicas, the stripe and buttons should be changed. However, ... for $22 shipped, ...this is a no brainer guys! This is a great value! Terry is very interested in making a great product and openly listened to my suggestions via email and phone. This is a nice piece guys! Pics to follow :D
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