When people think about "Starter Jackets" they're often thinking of that classic shiny jacket like Magic is wearing to the left. Its official name was the Pro Jacket. It reached its pinnacle in the late 1980's/early 1990's and at that time the typical retail price you'd pay for one of these was around $95 to $105 for sizes up to an XL. XXL and larger would put you back around $125.

Baseball seemed to be the only sport that really used these as standard issue to all players. Other leagues kind of used them here and there, but under no official team function. You wouldn't see a hockey team sitting on the bench in a bunch of Pro Jackets (perhaps a coach at practice). There were a few NFL coaches that wore them on the sidelines, but of course only the classiest of coaches.

NCAA also had their jackets, and I have seen many college baseball teams using the jackets back in the day. However, they weren't worn by every single team like MLB did. You could get them in two versions, one with a smaller logo sewn on the left chest, and one with lettering across the front. When more than one version exists for a single school, the lettered version usually is easier to find than the ones with the small logo on the left chest. The biggest schools with a national following are the easiest NCAA jackets to find because they were produced in larger quantites, to a broader audience. In these lettered versions made for bigger schools, the lettering was generally all the same font style, in a vertical arch, and in school colors. Smaller schools do exist, but they were mostly sold regionally, and can be very hard to find. By the way, since NCAA Pro Jacket sounds kind of awkward, they are instead called "NCAA Starter Jacket". Everything but the Pro Jacket name is the same as the Pro Jacket the professional leagues use.

The retail version of the Pro Jacket usually came with a quilted lining inside (most common lining color was white), a Starter tag inside in the neck, a Starter nametag inside behind the left pocket, and a sewn Starter logo on the left sleeve near the cuff. Some teams asked for zip fronts (Astros, Dodgers, Angels) rather than the traditional snaps, and if your favorite team used zippers, you would usually buy them at retail the same way. Teams migrated away from zippers as the 80's went on, with fewer teams using them by 1990. Variances can exist on certain teams. For instance, all in the same issue of Mariners Magazine, you can see Brian Holman wearing a zip, while they sell "authentic as worn on the field" snap jackets later in the issue. But, by and large, the versions worn by Major Leaguers were just like the retail versions. Note: some MLB teams would customize their jackets and sew numbers on front, but before the numbers were sewn on, it was the same jacket sold at retail. Other minor variances can exist, this Dodgers jacket seems to be a rare pullover version.

The NBA, NFL, and NHL jackets are all constructed pretty much the same, meaning all have similar linings and materials, and all had snap button fronts, no zippers. Something that sets the NFL, NBA, and NHL jackets apart was that they had league logos sewn on them, while the NCAA and MLB jackets did not.

Besides the major current pro sports at the time, Starter actually produced Cooperstown Collection Pro Jackets for teams that were playing when Starter didn't even exist. The team selection was quite small, and the numbers that survive today are almost non-existant.