I have chosen the Nets, my favorite team and the one I am the most knowledgeable about to kick off this look at all the different jerseys worn by the teams- or at least those that appear on trading cards in my collection.
Current Logo: (All team logos shown in this series have been cropped off of the backs of 2015-16 Complete base cards)
For the 1968-69 season, the team was rebranded as the New York Nets, after a move to Long Island, and would remain the New York Nets for the remainder of the ABA's history.
The first Nets cards would appear in the 1971-72 Topps set, but the jerseys are poorly shown at best. These jerseys worn in this set would not appear again. In fact, I have no clue what the road uniform looks like beyond what appears on the card shown.
|1971-72 Topps #199|
|1971-72 Topps #182|
I suspect they may have looked like the second New Jersey era road jersey, only red instead of blue. I looked on YouTube but was not able to find any footage of any Nets games before 1974.
With the 1972-73 season, the Nets debuted the jerseys they would wear for the longest time in franchise history- with only minor changes these would be the primary Nets uniform up to and including 1989-90! In fact, the Home Whites did not change at all. They were worn in the ABA as the New York Nets, in the NBA as the New York Nets, and in the NBA as the New Jersey Nets!
|1984-85 Star #93|
|1977-78 Topps #127|
But in 1977 the Nets moved back to New Jersey, which meant the uniform had to be changed. The New York wording was replaced with "Nets" and New Jersey was added vertically in the red stripe. The Nets would wear these uniforms from 1977-78 through 1989-90. The white Home jersey has also been worn several times as a Throwback.
|1989-90 Fleer #95|
|1984-85 Star #93|
|2003-04 Finite #114|
|1996-97 Skybox Star Ruby #171|
|1991 Starting Lineup|
|1995-96 Topps Gallery #106|
|1999-00 Impact #40|
|2003-04 SP Authentic #53|
|2001-02 Fleer Platinum Name Plates|
The first version, with blue numbers, was used in 1998-99 and 1999-00.
|1999-00 Ultra #9|
|2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection #65|
|2011-12 Hoops #147|
|2014-15 Hoops #63|
|2013-14 Panini Prizm Greem Prizm #139|
The Nets have also added several alternates to the lineup- all of which are sleeved.
Beginning in 2013-14 and still in use, the main alternate is gray with blue lettering.
|2015-16 Gold Standard #59|
The second alternate, which debuted in 2014-15 and is also still in use, is somewhat modeled on the design worn from 1972-89. Barely visible in this photo is the black stripe that runs down under the left sleeve with three large white stars on it. This jersey is starting to appear on more cards than in my original post, but none that clearly show the stars down the side. You can see portions of them on this card, though. (This set did not yet exist when I made the original post!)
|2015-16 Black Gold Uncommon #16|
In addition to the standard alternates, the Nets also played on Christmas 2013, where every team wore special uniforms. These jerseys were sleeved and did not feature a number on the front- highly unusual. The basketball design behind the B was actually a metallic silver.
|2013-14 Select #121|