Where to buy the Astros sweater made famous by Kate Upton in 2022

Bruno Cooke October 21, 2022
Where to buy the Astros sweater made famous by Kate Upton in 2022
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Justin Verlander is back in the headlines having reclaimed the postseason strikeout record during the Houston Astros’ ALCS win yesterday (Thursday, October 20, 2022) – and those hoping to find out where to buy the sweater his wife Kate Upton made famous in 2017 may be in luck.

Verlander brought his pitching arm to Houston in 2017. The Astros pitcher went to Old Dominion University and played college baseball for the Monarchs.

He started dating model and actress Kate Upton in 2014. They became engaged two years later.

Two days after he won the World Series with the Astros in November 2017, they married in a medieval church in Tuscany, Italy.

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Tracking the availability of the Astros sweater Kate Upton made famous in 2017

Vintage-style Astros sweaters like the one Upton wore during the ALCS went on sale at the team’s store at Minute Maid Park in February 2018.

But each one cost $200.

It was apparently only available via the team’s actual store, too – not online. But it was available from the Mitchell And Ness website, where it was originally available for purchase, way back when. That’s according to KHOU11.

KPRC2 also tracked the “sweater craze,” and published an update on its availability in February 2019. EightOne was, at the time, selling the sweater on its website; the Astros Team Store was expecting a fresh shipment of them; Mitchell And Ness was no longer stocking them; and R&A Sports was expecting a shipment “in the next few months.”

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Where to buy it in 2022

Currently, there are a few places it looks like you can buy the Astros sweater, but KHOU11’s warning – “it’ll cost you” – still rings true for some of them.

A quick glance at eBay reveals the prices vendors are hoping to fetch for the famous vintage-style sweaters. One wants $315, another $334.69, a third $469.

However, it also appears to be available from at least three other clothing retailers: Ultimate Jackets, California Jacket and The USA Suits. Prices all over around $80, although there is currently a sale on at two of the stores. Alternatively, you can get one from a seller on PoshMark for $325.

The Focus cannot vouch for the authenticity or quality of the items sold from the above retailers. But if you want to get your hands on an Astros sweater like Kate Upton’s, and without losing an arm and a leg over it, that might be where to buy it.

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The sweater Kate Upton wore in 2017 is ‘part of Astros history’

“When Justin Verlander brought his legendary pitching arm to Houston,” Click 2 Houston (C2H) wrote in late 2019, “he also brought Kate Upton. She’s a supermodel, a super fan and a super trendsetter.”

But the trend she set for wearing that sweater was about more than style – there was substance. The garment is “part of Astros history.”

It became part of the team’s uniform in the late 1970s, per C2H, and continued to be into the 1980s. But it wasn’t about fashion then; “it was about function.”

Mike Acosta, who manages merchandise sales for the Astros, told the outlet it was “a little cool” in the Astrodome, making a thick jacket necessary. The air conditioning ran constantly, “even when the team wasn’t in there.”

And it’s coming back into fashion in 2022

The weather is cooling, and the Astros are heating up.

As a result, fans are breaking out their “Upton sweaters” and donning them in the stadium. 

One Twitter user even joked that the Houston Astros’ decision to open the roof for tonight’s game was part of an effort to sell more sweaters.

In other news, Timothee Chalamet recently spent $11 million for Kate Upton and husband Justin Verlander’s old Beverly Hills, LA estate.

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.