Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cam Newton jersey mania


Cam Newton's NFL replica jersey can be difficult to find in stores these days.


A word to the wise if you are planning to give somebody a Cam Newton jersey for Christmas.... don't wait any longer to find it.

I had heard a number of stories from Panther fans about No.1 Newton jerseys being out of stock completely at local stores, or only available in certain sizes or colors (I'm talking about the basic jersey, in either blue, black or white, which usually retails for $85).

So I made a few calls, visits and checks to websites Wednesday and confirmed it. Some stores are out of Newton jerseys entirely and don't know when they will get more.

"We get them in," one local sales clerk told me, "and they basically sell out instantly."

The Panthers' store inside Bank of America Stadium has some jerseys for their star rookie quarterback, but only in certain sizes and colors (704-358-7158 if you want to check with them). The Panthers.com website lists only a few adult-sized jerseys for $85, and they are mostly in 4X and 5X. They do list a number of youth Newton jerseys ($60) as available.

NFLShop.com -- the league's official supplier of jerseys -- has a very limited supply of Cam jerseys and is completely out of many popular sizes. Several other national websites I checked out told a similar story.

But the Dick's Sporting Goods store in Northlake Mall -- at least as of Wednesday night -- had a surprisingly good selection when I stopped by.

I'm sure other stores around the Carolinas have some in stock -- especially the youth sizes, they seem to be a bit easier to find -- but it's very hit or miss.

Your best bet seems to be the old-fashioned way -- calling your local sporting-goods store directly before you drive out there. While websites often list the Newton jerseys as "sold out," some stores do have a few left in stock.

As I mentioned in this blog in October, Newton's jersey had already risen to No.16 in overall sales among all NFL players. After this Christmas season, I can't imagine it won't be in the Top 10 or Top 5 the next time those rankings are released.

And no, I wasn't looking for a Newton jersey for myself. The last NFL replica jersey I owned was when I was 10 years old and wore my Roger Staubach jersey every Sunday, and I'm going to keep it that way.

If you've got a story to tell about searching for a Newton jersey this Christmas -- or any other Panther-related item -- add a comment below. And please keep it clean.

16 comments:

Jason said...

By the way, this isn't necessarily due to Newton's popularity (at least not all by itself). Panther fans like myself simply want a jersey for a player that might still be on the team in a year or two. Newton's probably the only player that will.

Anonymous said...

I wear one jersey each Sunday, and that is the home Black #51 Sam Mills "Throwback" the NFL put out a few years ago. Ever since he was the first official retired number I had been looking for it. I finally was able to get one during the "Keep Pounding" years, and it has always been a special part of my life. While I agree adults probably should avoid idol worship of ~20 something year olds playing a sport, I'll hold on to my childhood hero for a little while longer

Anonymous said...

Alot of this has to do with NFL moving to Nike next year. They arent producing large quantities of Cam jerseys which will be "obsolete" as early as next season.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous DECEMBER 8, 2011 10:55 AM :: Or perhaps Cam actually is just THAT popular. The fact that stores are getting his jersey in and selling out right away has nothing to do with the NFL going to Nike next year. Good to see a Panthers player being high on the NFL jersey sales list.

Anonymous said...

I was told by a staffer at the team store that Reebok was keeping low stock because of the Nike jerseys next season. They don't want to get stuck with dead inventory when the new jerseys are released. It's the same reason they did 1/2 off custom authentics at the start of the season, they want to clear as much inventory as they can.

Archiguy said...

I just want to get a Newton shirt - doesn't have to be an "official" replica jersey - for my 9 year old nephew. Hope I can find one; this article has me a little spooked now...

Anonymous said...

another hard hitting journalistic effort by S. Fouler

Anonymous said...

Got mine on DHgate.com

Anonymous said...

cam IS that popular.....good article scott it helped me out lol. now i wont waste my gas

Anonymous said...

Most places are out of jerseys because Reebok has stopped making them. Nike takes over the jersey contract next year.

Angel said...

I got mine from NFLSHOP.com and it took almost a month for me to get it

Anonymous said...

I picked up a youth one for my son yesterday at the team store. They still had a good stock in the white and black. You won't find a blue one anywhere it seems.

John said...

ROTFL... Anonymous 10:55am, 11:17am and 1:46pm just sounds like the same guy over and over trying to prove his point!

If it sells as fast as you get it in... THAT is demand, NOT supply. Please don't become an economic advisor, we've got enough problems already!

Maria said...

I thought I had purchased one online at CarolinaPanthersStore.com - turns out it was a scam. The website is no longer available. Long story short, I had to change my bank account to avoid being charged. Be careful! There are crooks out there :(
Needless to say, I won't be giving a Cam Newton jersey for Christmas now.

Anonymous said...

Word to the wise...searched everywhere for a Cam Newton jersey ...I know better,but took a chance on what seemed legit...was very sad..burnt on Ebay!

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