When the Toronto Raptors made the re-signing of Fred VanVleet, they did so by sharing a slick mock-up of VanVleet wearing a previously never-before-seen uniform.
We're all in on @FredVanVleet. #BetOnYourself pic.twitter.com/Ecry0XTNDy- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 24, 2020
Look closely, and you'll recognize that this announcement serves as the first reveal of the Raptors' October's Very Own (OVO) "City Edition" uniforms for the upcoming season. The team would later continue the slow digital roll out, with a 360° look at the jersey.
"We look forward to the coming years with Fred as one of the voices and hearts of our team. We bet on Fred." - Masai Ujiri- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 24, 2020
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As part of the "Welcome Toronto" initiative in collaboration with the franchise's global ambassador and multiplatinum recording artist Drake, the uniforms are part of a complete visual refresh the Raptors have undergone this offseason, as they previously revealed new "Icon," "Association," and "Statement" edition uniforms.
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Now, fans have gotten their first look at the "City" edition, initially teased in the far left of the above image as the gold shaded silhouette.
The black uniforms, adorned with the classic gold OVO accents, feature the "Toronto" wordmark made popular on the team's first-ever uniforms as well as claw-mark motifs on the jersey and shorts.
One claw mark serves as an underline of the "Toronto" wordmark while the shorts feature three claw marks on the left leg, an addition that makes this uniform especially unique to the Raptors, while also differentiating this set from four previous iterations of the OVO uniforms.
With four uniforms revealed, the final unseen jersey is the "Earned Edition," which Nike collaborates to release for the 16 teams that qualified for the postseason the previous year. As seen above, Toronto's "Earned" uniforms will feature at least some purple elements, throwing things back to when purple was a dominant part of the club's identity.
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