The vintage football uniforms the Baylor Bears debuted for the final game of the season proved to be a popular look both on and off the field.
Baylor opted to retire and sell the throwback uniforms after the team’s decisive win over the University of Texas to recover the costs of purchasing the special-ordered attire.
The 100 uniforms — dark green jerseys, a gold helmet with a green stripe down the center, and white pants with green and gold stripes down the side — were available to fans for $750 apiece.
They sold out the day after the game.
“People from all across the board bought them,” said Jeff Barlow, the football team’s equipment manager. “Donors bought them, regular fans bought them.
“It didn’t surprise me, once they won the Texas game, that they went as fast as they did.”
The uniforms were replicas of the gameday attire players wore in 1950 when Floyd Casey Stadium opened as Baylor Stadum. The football program will move to the $260 million on-campus McLane Stadium set to open for the 2014 season.
Nick Joos, executive associate athletic director, said the $75,000 generated by the sale will be added to the equipment budget for the football program to be used for future needs.
The throwback set wasn’t the only nontraditional uniform players wore this season. The Bears suited up in black for Big 12 conference games against West Virginia University and the University of Oklahoma, as well as the Fiesta Bowl.
“What made this uniform combination unique was that it was only for one game and one time, whereas for our other uniforms, for the most part, we’ll use for a couple of seasons,” Joos said.
Baylor has sold jerseys before, usually older ones that are worn out or feature a different design style the team no longer uses, to free up space for new inventory. But this is the first time complete sets were sold.
Barlow said old jerseys have sold for $50 to $100 each in the past. Baylor plans to sell some 2011-12 era jerseys in the near future, but Barlow didn’t know when those would be available for purchase.