No, the purples were basically the same as the golds, just...purple. I remember choosing between the two when I bought the gold, that I still have and will never toss (Sports Belle forever!).
ETA: This is close to what the purples looked like (yeah, I know it's softball but it's the best I could find with Google image search):
Our current purples need some piping bad, even if it's just on the sleeves like the golds.
This post was edited on 3/29 at 3:52 pm