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I like that set (and in turn an updated set) better with orange as a base color, but the Marlins sort of half-assedly beat them to the punch with that and to have four orange teams would be too much. I guess those are okay, too.

The '90s uniforms were neither great nor terrible, kind of charmless and empty, and had those terrible Eurostile numbers, we mustn't forget.

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I've never understood the love for those shooting-star uniforms. They look really corny (not to mention sloppy). Plus the road uniform from that era didn't even come close to matching even though it would have been relatively easy to do so.

As far as "shooting star" Astros jerseys go, nothing tops these:

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I'm with you. I thought those were great.

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In a season that's been great for returns to old looks (Blue Jays, Orioles) and not so great for other new looks (Marlins fair, Padres terrible), I really can't wait for next year's Astros reboot. I loved the rainbow guts and rainbow racing stripes, but the shooting stars were truly amazIng. Make It happen, Houston!

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The '90s uniforms were neither great nor terrible, kind of charmless and empty, and had those terrible Eurostile numbers, we mustn't forget.

Wow, perfectly put. I couldn't agree more.

Completely agree here. I've found that to be the case with most of the Astros past sets.

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It's odd seeing all these pics of Lucas Harrell. I remember seeing playing basketball against my brothers when they were in high school. He was actually kinda douchey. I knew his mom as she worked at Hammons Field, though, and she was really nice. Still odd seeing him pitch against the Cardinals. Anyway..

I liked the mid-90's set, but a cleaned up shooting star look with navy and orange just seems more appropriate, especially in that ballpark. And it's easier to fit the uniforms to the ballpark than vice versa. I hope they stick to the plain jerseys with just a single stripe of piping on the pants. They've always seemed to use that look outside of the rainbow era, even on the current roads and home white alts. The Jays tried it during their black phase, but the Astros are the only ones who have ever looked good in them.

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These uniforms are beautiful. I prefer it with orange as the base color as well, but navy still looks great. I really hope they end up going with an updated version of these in their rebrand next year.

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The '90s uniforms were neither great nor terrible, kind of charmless and empty, and had those terrible Eurostile numbers, we mustn't forget.

Wow, perfectly put. I couldn't agree more.

Completely agree here. I've found that to be the case with most of the Astros past sets.

The execution left a lot to be desired, but there's something about the combination of navy and metallic gold that just looks tremendous. And it'd be a very unique set today. We really don't need another navy and orange AL team. Let's get something that's at least kind of different.

I also wouldn't mind if the Astros took the 90s colors and swapped the metallic gold for the shade of tan they currently use. If done correctly, that could be a fantastic look.

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Or they could buck every trend in the world by going the route several of us have suggested in the past: a deep indigo/bright orange. Unless you count the Phoenix Suns, not one other major four team uses that combo...severely underrated.

And while I'm throwing out my two cents worth of an opinion...something about those '60s sets just looks like its, well, trapped in the '60s. On the other hand, the '90s set just appears too drab. If they can find a way to combine those two, I think that'd be the best route to go.

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Because I'm a whore, here's the Astros concept I did a few months ago. It's also trapped in the '60s, but in a good way, I feel; one that embraces the time-capsule, Space Age nature of the identity with the hindsight to do it right and not look quite as clunky as the original shooting star set did.

EDIT: oh wow I did this almost a year ago where ever does the time go

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If you took these uniforms, reverse the colors on the "ASTROS" and the number on the back so that it's orange with navy trim, and switch the placement so that the shooting star is under the name, that would be perfect in my book.

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BEND THE F#$%^G BILL....I wonder if he has the size sticker on the top side....Great look ruined by a modern fad..

While I agree with you about the need to curve the bill, I have to admit that I didn't even notice that -- because my eyes were drawn to those beautiful stirrups!

Also, perfect location for the cuffing. Hat notwithstanding, this is the way to wear a baseball uniform.

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If you took these uniforms, reverse the colors on the "ASTROS" and the number on the back so that it's orange with navy trim, and switch the placement so that the shooting star is under the name, that would be perfect in my book.

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The reason I prefer the old shooting star uniforms to the 90s uniforms has little to do with the uniforms themselves. It has to do with their stupid ballpark.

Everything about an Astros identity should seemingly be futuristic, but Houston went all out retro with that park and the train theme and all of it. You can only undo so much of that. The ballpark is, more or less, permanent. So it's best if they make their identity match.

That means anything super futuristic is out. It needs to be neo-retro. Go back to the 50's and 60's and do something THEY thought was futuristic. Go Jetson's on these guys.

The old shooting star uniforms aren't it, but they're a good reference point. But please don't be one of those lame teams that takes a good reference point from their history and decides it's good enough as is. It's not. It never is. Mistakes were made in the past. This is your chance to fix them and make them right.

So that's what the Astros need to do. Combine the 60s with the future. And make it look good.

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The reason I prefer the old shooting star uniforms to the 90s uniforms has little to do with the uniforms themselves. It has to do with their stupid ballpark.

Everything about an Astros identity should seemingly be futuristic, but Houston went all out retro with that park and the train theme and all of it. You can only undo so much of that. The ballpark is, more or less, permanent. So it's best if they make their identity match.

That means anything super futuristic is out. It needs to be neo-retro. Go back to the 50's and 60's and do something THEY thought was futuristic. Go Jetson's on these guys.

The old shooting star uniforms aren't it, but they're a good reference point. But please don't be one of those lame teams that takes a good reference point from their history and decides it's good enough as is. It's not. It never is. Mistakes were made in the past. This is your chance to fix them and make them right.

So that's what the Astros need to do. Combine the 60s with the future. And make it look good.

How retro is a retractible roof stadium with sliding glass panels?

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The reason I prefer the old shooting star uniforms to the 90s uniforms has little to do with the uniforms themselves. It has to do with their stupid ballpark.

Everything about an Astros identity should seemingly be futuristic, but Houston went all out retro with that park and the train theme and all of it. You can only undo so much of that. The ballpark is, more or less, permanent. So it's best if they make their identity match.

That means anything super futuristic is out. It needs to be neo-retro. Go back to the 50's and 60's and do something THEY thought was futuristic. Go Jetson's on these guys.

The old shooting star uniforms aren't it, but they're a good reference point. But please don't be one of those lame teams that takes a good reference point from their history and decides it's good enough as is. It's not. It never is. Mistakes were made in the past. This is your chance to fix them and make them right.

So that's what the Astros need to do. Combine the 60s with the future. And make it look good.

How retro is a retractible roof stadium with sliding glass panels?

It's still too retro for the 90s uniforms, but maybe it's not as retro as I often think.

I think my "vision" is still the right fit for it tho. Retro-futuristic.

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Jetsons is a good way of putting it. Now that we have a complete idea of what constituted Space Age design, it can be done really well, and they can look like a team from the 1960s that was named the Astros, the same way teams from the 1890s still keep it relatively simple. But for the Astros, neon orange, shooting stars, maybe even a primary logo with one of those Googie-architecture boomerangs in it.

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If you took these uniforms, reverse the colors on the "ASTROS" and the number on the back so that it's orange with navy trim, and switch the placement so that the shooting star is under the name, that would be perfect in my book.

Similar to the 1971-75 Uni's?

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