#1Centtuesday; Penny Hardaway’s NBA Uniform History

Hardway's 1999-2000 Black alternate Phoenix suns jersey

Over the past year, the spike in social media’s popularity has given rise to daily trending hashtags. From #throwbackthursday to #mjmondays to #wutangwednesdays, every day gives you a new reason to celebrate your favorite sports or pop culture icon. One of our favorites at Rare VNTG is #1centtuesday; a day dedicated to legendary NBA Star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

Many use the hashtag to showcase their¬†favorite pair of foamposites or another pair of Penny’s sneakers; Rare VNTG likes to focus more on Hardaway’s jerseys. On this Tuesday, we take a look back at all the uniforms Penny Hardaway wore on the court during the regular season (excluding All Star Games!) starting in 1993 with his rookie year in Orlando.

Penny's Orlando Magic Alternate jersey from 1994-1998

Penny’s Orlando Magic Alternate jersey from 1994-1998

Penny's Magic Road uniform from 1993-1998

Penny’s Magic Road uniform from 1993-1998

Penny's White Orlando Magic home jersey from 1993-1998

Penny’s White Orlando Magic home jersey from 1993-1998

During his final year with Orlando, the Magic updated their uniforms to the silky blue “shining stars” edition. These jerseys are extremely rare and hard to find with Hardaway on the back!

Penny's final road blue uniform with Orlando in 1998-1999

Penny’s final road blue uniform with Orlando in 1998-1999

Penny's final white home uniform with the Magic in 1998-1999

Penny’s final white home uniform with the Magic in 1998-1999

After the 1999 NBA season, Penny Hardaway joined the Phoenix Suns in a sign and trade deal, linking up with fellow NBA All Star Jason Kidd. Penny wore the infamous “rising sun” Phoenix jersey for only one season before Phoenix updated to a more modern uniform.

Penny Hardway's 1999-2000 Phoenix Suns White Home jersey

Penny Hardway’s 1999-2000 Phoenix Suns White Home jersey

Hardway's 1999-2000 Black alternate Phoenix suns jersey

Hardway’s 1999-2000 Black alternate Phoenix suns jersey

Hardaway's 1999-2000 Suns purple road jersey

Hardaway’s 1999-2000 Suns purple road jersey

The Suns update their uniforms for the 2001 NBA Season.

Penny in the updated 2001 Phoenix Suns Purple Road jersey

Penny in the updated 2001 Phoenix Suns Purple Road jersey

Hardaway alongside Starbury & The Matrix in the 2001 Phoenix Suns White jersey

Hardaway alongside Starbury & The Matrix in the 2001 Phoenix Suns White jersey

Penny joined the New York Knicks in 2004 along with former Suns star, Stephon Marbury. The duo lead the Knicks to a playoff birth during their first season in the Big Apple, eventually losing in the first round to the Nets.

Penny sporting the New York Knicks Blue road jersey from 2004-2006

Penny sporting the New York Knicks Blue road jersey from 2004-2006

Hardway wearing the Knicks white home uniform in 2004

Hardway wearing the Knicks white home uniform in 2004

Before the 2006 NBA Trade Deadline, Penny was traded from the New York Knicks back to his first team, the Orlando Magic. The Magic would waive Hardaway 5 days later to save money on his expiring contract. The following summer, he signed with the Miami Heat for the veterans minimum salary.

Penny Hardaway in the 2007 Miami Heat white home uniform

Penny Hardaway in the 2007 Miami Heat white home uniform

Penny sporting the Miami Heat 2007 Black road jersey

Penny sporting the Miami Heat 2007 Black road jersey

Hardaway would wear jersey #7 for Miami, the only time in his career when he did not wear #1. After 16 games, the Heat waived Hardaway marking the end of his NBA Career.

Thanks to the AP and Getty Images for providing us with these quality pictures!

 

Nike Celebrates Kobe Bryant’s Sneaker History With ‘Prelude Pack’

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With 5 NBA Championship rings to his name, Kobe Bryant will go down in history as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The Philadelphia native has come a long way since being drafted and traded by the Charlotte Hornets to Los Angeles for Vlade Divac. After Countless MVP’s, All Star Game selections, and timeless moments, Nike will honor the Black Mamba with the “Predlude Pack”. The pack will include a retro model of every single Nike Zoom Kobe sneaker from 1-8. Through art, the special pack honors the history of Nike’s Kobe Bryant line. Starting 12/7, Nike will release one sneaker each weekend from the pack in order from Kobe 1 to Kobe 8. Each sneaker will retail for $200, and we expect it to be EXTREMELY LIMITED! Check out the entire Prelude Pack Below! My favorite is the Kobe 4.

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Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 2 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 3 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 5 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 6 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 7 Prelude Pack

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Nike Zoom Kobe 8 Prelude Pack

 

Nike Halloween Sneaker History Lesson

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Happy Halloween from Rare Vintage Wear and Sneakerglossary.com! In honor of the special holiday, we would like to give you a brief history lesson on Nike’s vast history of Halloween inspired sneakers.

It all began in 1998 with the first pair of Halloween inspired Nike Air Force One Sneakers, a jewel edition to be exact! The Halloween black/saftey orange released in fall 1998 as a General Release.

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It took Nike 7 years to release another Halloween Sneaker; In fall 2005, Nike released their second Halloween inspired Air Force One sneaker. This time the kicks were decked out in all patent leather and featured a pondering skeleton on the side. Personally, these are my favorite in the collection and were very hard to come by. They released as a quickstrike in 2005.

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As the popularity of Air Force One’s reached an all-time high in 2006, Nike took advantage of the oppurtunity and released three Halloween inspired AF1’s that year, two for men and one for women! They stole a page from the 05′ design and released a pair of half orange half black patent leather sneakers featuring the same skull design on the side.

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Nike also released the Frankenstein Air Force one’s in October 2006, another personal favorite of mine!

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And for the female sneakerheads out there, Nike dropped a pair of women’s Halloween AF1’s in 2006.

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Finally, in October of 2009, Nike released another quickstrike Air Force one in honor of Halloween. The Savage Beast edition. The kicks were Made up of faux horse hair slightly resembling a pumpkin or monster? Who knows!

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Out of all the Nike Halloween Air Force One’s, which one is your favorite?