In an effort to expand not only into new regions of the United States, but also into other countries, the National Basketball Association in 1995 agreed to bring a basketball franchise to the Canadian city of Toronto. Eventually known as the Toronto Raptors, the team became something of a "punching bag" in its earliest season. As has become the tradition of expansion teams, the first few seasons saw the Raptors struggle to win new fans, build attendance, and cultivate a winning record. Their eventual selection of Vince Carter during the 1998 NBA Draft changed their fortunes for the better, however, and the team eventually made its way to its first post-season appearance and eventually its first post-season win.
Despite this period of success, Carter soon made his way to the Nets and the Raptors returned to their old ways. Despite building a solid new fan base and turning around game attendance, the Raptors were soon reduced to their old ways and once again found themselves struggling to reach the post-season. Thanks to another round of smart trades, though, the Raptors did return to the playoffs in the 2013-2014 season and have once again made themselves into a resurgent part of the broader NBA.
Celebrate Newfound Toronto Raptors Success with Official Jerseys
The best way to show support for Toronto's fledgling NBA franchise is to pick up at least one of the organization's officially licensed NBA jerseys. They look great at the game, and they're versatile enough to be worn in several other, dress-down situations as well. Each of these jerseys is made from the same materials as those worn on the court, and they can be customized with one of the Raptors' player names and numbers.
Each fan can combine their choice of player with their choice of a home, away, or alternate jersey as well. Sizing is no problem at FansEdge.com, where jerseys are available in men's sizes, women's cuts and sizes, and youth sizes.
Pick Up some Raptors Apparel Items, Too
Jerseys are a good start but they're certainly not the end of our great Raptors items. Apparel is a logical next step, and we've got everything from team t-shirts to jackets, gym shorts, polo shirts, socks, sweatshirts, and more. Each item is officially licensed, just like our jerseys, and can help fans wear their Raptors colors all year long. Like our jerseys, adult and youth sizes are available. We've even got official team apparel sizes for newborns, toddlers, and pets!
Accessorize with Unique Toronto Raptors Collectibles
With apparel in the bag, it's time to think about accessorizing. For those with an eye for utility, consider our glassware, key chains, bags, hats, iPhone cases, and jewelry. Those considering an accessory purchase because of its collectible value will want to check out our bedding, framed portraits, posters, and other unique selections.
Either way, however, our accessories are sure to blend perfectly with our apparel for the best possible Raptors purchase. Visit FansEdge.com to get started today with great items that will help support this growing expansion team.