Back in early May we posted a piece about early Bassmaster Classic patches that Stan Fagerstrom had collected over the years – 23 years to be exact. In that first post we went through the first 10 years of Classic patches, 1971 through 1980. The post got a low of views and interest, especially from BFA contributor and supporter, Harold Sharp.
Harold was really interested in the first Classic patch – from Lake Mead 1971. In an email to me the day after the post, Harold asked where Stan had gotten that patch, because he doesn’t remember a patch ever being made and distributed to the anglers and writers. He had me ask Stan if he remembered how he came about the patch. I did so and Stan didn’t remember how he got it, just assuming he got it at the Classic like he had so many other patches over time. The mystery was on.
When I relayed the information to Harold he replied with this:
“I have watched the Classic film very close and I do not see a patch in the film that looks like the one you posted in your article. I do see two painted on the scoreboard that look like it. Dave Newton was our contact in Vegas, he was the one that had this scoreboard made, so I believe that Dave designed the patch and had it painted on the scoreboard, but if so, then it was a logo at that time, not a patch. Dave passed away a few years ago so we cannot verify that. My belief is that the patch was made after the Classic and sent to the anglers and press and it was made from the logo that Dave had designed for the scoreboard.”
Harold then asked me to ask you, our readers, if anyone has knowledge on how the patch came about. So, with the power of the Internet, we’re asking, does anyone have any information on how the first Classic patch was made and distributed?
In this second part of Classic Patches, we’re going to cover the years 1981 through 1990. The patches from ’81 through ’85 are each unique and represent a nice look back on the history of the Big Show. Then in 1986, B.A.S.S. standardized the Classic patch and the design changed little throughout the rest of Classic patch history.
The only difference between any of the patches aside from the date, was the 20th Anniversary patch in 1990, which had a larger bass on the badge along with the words, 20th Anniversary World Championship.
The patch collection ends at 1994 and since theirs is no difference in the patches between 1991 and ’94, it’s kind of crazy to post them. I will be looking for any patches after this year along with years 1972, ’84, ’89 and ’93. If I find them and there’s any significance to them, I’ll make sure to post them here.
If you have any Bassmaster Classic patches from the dates mentioned and you’d like to give them a good home, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to hang on to them but would like to support this effort of cataloging the patches, simply scan the patch on a high resolution scanner and send the images to the email address above.