COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Some retailers were prepared to open late Sunday night to sell Cleveland Indians World Series Championship memorabilia – but that merchandise will never hit shelves. Instead, it’s Chicago Cubs gear that’s filling shelves following their comeback World Series win.
For one business, it worked out. Traxler Custom Printing in Columbus got the green light to print Indians championship t-shirts when the Tribe held a 3-1 lead in the series, so they printed nearly 20,000 shirts.
Company founder and CEO Zachary Traxler said once the Cubs began to make a comeback in the series, they got a call asking if they could print Chicago’s winning shirts as well. In all, they’ve printed more than 30,000 Cubs and Indians World Series Champions shirts, but only Chicago’s can hit shelves. The Indians shirts were out of their warehouse before dawn on Thursday morning.
“They donate them or destroy them,” Traxler said of the now inaccurate shirts that claim Cleveland to be 2016’s World Series champions. “They probably donate them.”
Traxler said his team hasn’t finalized the numbers, but they expect it to be their most profitable week in the company’s six-year history.