In early 2011 (just after the 2010 season), OIL managers Adam Duffy and Justin C. Cliburn ordered custom jerseys from HopcoSports. Three years later, they are still happy with their purchases. Cliburn caught up with HopcoSports to discuss the recent OIL team uniform designs. Here is how Duffy and Cliburn's jerseys turned out:
HopcoSports.com is owned by Earl Hopson.
Where are you located?
Hobson: Fountain, Colorado.
How long have you been in business?
Hobson: Nine years.
How did you get started?
Hobson: I got started by designing jerseys for local fantasy leagues, and it grew from there.
How many jerseys a year do you typically manufacture?
Hobson: Between 800 and 1,500 jerseys and custom sport apparel and equipment for all different sports and office casual wear too.
Do you have a jersey for your own FF team? Yes If so, what is your team name?
Hobson: Yes. It's the Red River Bandits.
Do you have a day job? What is it?
Hobson: Yes. I work for the U.S. Air Force as a civil servant. I'm retired Air Force.
Can you replicate the jerseys recently unveiled by the OIL?
Hobson: Yes. Although the jerseys for Dirty Hippies and DominationStation will need to be sublimated. The railroad tracks over the numbers and sleeve pattern would all need to be sublimated (a process where the ink is dyed directly into the fabric). This process is better than screenprint where paint is applied on the top of jerseys. The sublimated print will never crack and does not add noticeable weight to the jersey as sewn-on tackle twill does. Pretty much that would be the only way to do those two jerseys and the Seattle-style Lucky Enuf jersey is by sublimation.
How much would it cost to recreate one of these jerseys?
Hobson: Refer your league to my email address, and the price will be $90.00 each, which is a discounted price. If you can get them to submit one big order that is shipped to the same address, the cost will only be $85.00 each. If I sublimate the jerseys I can get them done in three to four weeks.
These designs are based on NFL teams the Patriots, Raiders, Packers, Seahawks, and Bengals, as well as entirely original designs based on no NFL team. Which is your favorite?