Sports Jersey Buying Guide – How to spot a Fake NFL NHL MLB NBA Jersey
As sports fans, we all love our teams. We
show our support by wearing the same jerseys, shirts and tops as our heroes on the field.
But when you look at the price of them, you’ll say “How much?!”
There’s been a recent increase in the amount of fake jerseys being imported from China
mainly because real jerseys are so extortionately priced.
This guide shows you how to tell the difference between an authentic, replica and Chinese
fake jersey, and furthermore, should you buy one?
Now we’re using baseball jerseys as an example, but this could apply to football jerseys,
soccer shirts, hockey jerseys etc. So here are three seemingly similar baseball
jerseys. They may look the same but they’re all different.
And they all cost different amounts of money. Let’s start with this one, the Authentic
jersey. An authentic jersey is supposed to be the
exact jersey that the players wear on the field.
This is usually denoted somehow by the relevant tags.
Now if you look carefully, all the detail is embroidered in and it’s embroidered cleanly.
The lettering is multi-layered twill and zig-zag stitched, and the material is generally thicker
and of higher quality. The lettering on the back is usually nicely
proportioned and once again, multi-layered and zigzag stitched.
In short, every detail of the jersey is pretty much perfect. But this perfection costs money,
and an authentic jersey is usually several hundred dollars.
That’s not the cheapest thing in the world and most sports fans can’t afford that,
so that’s why teams also make Replica Jerseys.
These are usually toned down versions of the authentic, with not as many features and detail.
Usually they will denote this with a ‘genuine merchandise’ tag, instead of an authentic
one. The details are usually painted on and then
sewn to the jersey. Compare this to the authentic and you can
see where they skimp on costs. The material is usually thinner and not sewn
together in the same way. The same applies to the lettering, which costs
less to manufacture, and there are other distinguishing features that a sports fan can spot as a ‘replica
jersey’. These jerseys cost significantly less than
the authentic, but still out of reach for most sports fans, hence the unprecedented
demand for: Chinese Fake Jerseys.
As the name implies, the Chinese like to make fake versions of … well … everything.
And sports jerseys are no exception. They cost about a 10th of the price of an
authentic jersey, but when you look closely, you’ll see why.
Even though the tag says it’s authentic, it’s nowhere near the same as this authentic
tag. The material is usually paper thin compared
to an authentic jersey and the embroidered details are virtually non-existant.
This is evident pretty much everywhere on the jersey.
The lettering is usually the dead giveaway, as it’ll usually be out of proportion, the
wrong colour, the wrong material, cheaply sewn together, or in this case, all of the
above. Look at the details and you’ll quickly see
the difference in quality. And let’s address the large elephant in
the room … IT SAYS THE WRONG BLOODY WORD ON IT!
Yes, the Toronto Blue Jays do have a jersey with the word ‘TORONTO’ on it, but that’s
the grey road jersey. This is clearly white so the Chinese really
have no concept of accuracy. Don’t be surprised if your jersey arrives
in the wrong colour, the wrong size, has the wrong details on it, or all of the above.
Don’t get me wrong, the Chinese have improved dramatically over the last few years – and
there’s a select few that could pass off as the real thing. But most of them suck … really
suck. So that’s a quick overview on the differences
of authentic, replica or Chinese fake jerseys. But I know you guys have some burning questions. Ninh, what’s your advice? Are they worth
buying? Generally the answer is ‘no’.
If you care about details like embroidery, logo, material and fit – you might want
to avoid these like the plague. Some of them, particularly the Nike NFL jerseys
coming out of china are quite good, but most of them are terrible.
If you’re really on a budget and you really have no money, but you want to buy a jersey
– these Chinese fakes are worth a buy. Try and find a reputable seller and always
look at pictures of the kind of jersey you wish to buy before you actually buy it. You
never know, you might actually get a good one. Ninh, if I’m not completely happy – can
I get a refund? The Chinese don’t like the word ‘refund’
and they’ll try everything in their power to avoid giving you your money back.
You might be in for a lengthy battle if you want to return your item. Consider this before
you make a purchase. I don’t care about all that stuff you jersey
mentioned – where can I get me some fake jerseys?
Easy, just go to AliExpress.com and type in the kind of jersey you want. You’ll get
thousands of Chinese sellers selling you fake jerseys for about a 10th of the cost of a
real one, fully shipped. Buyer beware – they’re not all they’re
cracked up to be. So Ninh, what did you do with that hilariously
fake jersey you bought from China? I actually turned it into a sleeveless jersey,
tapered it a little and added a blue t-shirt underneath. It’s good for workouts and stuff,
but I probably wouldn’t wear it in public. I have my authentic jerseys for that.
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