Portland Trailblazers – Champion Jersey

Although Champion began producing jerseys for all NBA teams for the 1990-1991 season, they didn’t start producing replica jerseys for resale until 1991-1992 (most likely the summer of 1991, prior to the start of the season). Evidence of this can be seen in the Portland Trailblazers jersey design. For the 1990-1991 season, the Trailblazers had the “lower case” Blazers logo.

6 thoughts on “Portland Trailblazers – Champion Jersey

  • December 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm
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    hi sir..what year champion stop making jerseys?.and can you give info about champion europe and laser print champion jerseys..coz i have some ..and i want yout to check it if it is legit thank you

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    • January 27, 2016 at 6:17 pm
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      Thanks for checking out the site. Champion stopped making jerseys after the 2001-2002 season. During the 2001-2002 season they were still producing replica jerseys for all teams, and authentics for 8 teams (Atlanta, Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Utah and Vancouver). Starting in the 2002-2003 season and moving forward, Champion was completely out of the picture when it came to NBA jerseys. EXCEPT for in Europe, where they continued to produce replica jerseys until 2006 when Adidas signed there current deal with the NBA.

      And Champion European jerseys were always higher quality than the replicas in the USA. They had better production capability for these jerseys, using dye sublimation printing which gave them full coverage on the jerseys to include all the details such as pinstriping and full-width chest graphics. In addition, they used 100% polyester and not 100% Nylon like here in the states. The jerseys incorporated side panels in Europe, whereas in the USA the jerseys were just solid, one-color nylon construct. In the USA, the graphics were applied by heat transfer, so you have “rubbery” numbers/letters/logos. In Europe, because of the dye sublimation technique, the graphics feel like they are part of the fabric…they are not rubbery.

      In addition, European sizing was S, M, L, XL….whereas in the USA they used the chest size measurement on the jock tags 36, 40, 44, 48. So you can easily tell a European jersey just by the jock tag, but most times you can tell a European jersey by the more intricate detailing like pin stripes or side panels. Hope this helps!

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  • February 25, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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    Trying to identify a Porter number 30 jersey. It appears to be a 92-97 small blaze stripe

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  • March 23, 2020 at 2:25 pm
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    I have a Blazers Drexler jersey by Champion, but it does have the full stripes across the front of the jersey. Obviously this jersey was made after he left the Blazers, but do you know anything about it? Is it a sample that was dumped at the outlets? Or was it a special commemorative jersey that was sold in the team shop? Portland did retire his number in 2001, so maybe they made them for a limited time for this event? Or maybe made special for people involved in the event and weren’t ever for sale at retail? Any info you can give me would be awesome. I can send photos, just let me know.

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  • May 19, 2020 at 3:22 am
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    I have a Clyde Drexler Portland Trailblazers Replica jersey but it has the full stripes that go across the front of the whole jersey, not a partial or empty like the ones shown on the site. This printing technology wasn’t available until well after he left Portland, so could this jersey be a one-off for his jersey retirement ceremony or something? I have seen the same jersey a few other times online in different sizes, so there are a few out there. Any info you have would be awesome!

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    • August 7, 2020 at 9:40 am
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      I’ve also seen the full stripe Drexler jerseys and haven’t posted it in the gallery for the reason you point out (that full stripe design was implemented well after Drexler left the Blazers for the Rockets). Also, all of the neck tags on those jerseys I have seen are cut, meaning they were relegated to be sold in the factory stores. Drexler didn’t have his number retired by the Blazers until January 2001, so maybe Champion produced these around that time. But again, since I have never seen one without the neck tag cut, I believe they were printed in error. You’ll also see Sebastian Telfair Blazers Champion jerseys as well…and he didn’t come into the league until 2004-2005, two seasons after Champion stopped making jerseys.

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