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How do I know if an NFL Jersey is Authentic?

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On 04/06/2012 02:52 AM in NFL
Here's the thing, I have been searching for a Bo Jackson AUTHENTIC Mitchell & Ness jersey for the Los Angeles Raiders for a little bit now and they are either really cheaply priced which look fake or ridiculously expensive.

I found a decent one and a fair price if it is real and it is my size, but I don't know the website and I can't find another jersey to match it to verify, if anyone knows about Mitchell & Ness do you think that this jersey is a good buy and authentic?
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04/06/2012 08:59 AM
Mitchell and Ness operates out of the Philly area. They have been around for over 100 years. Here are some suggestions, but their name has a good reputation as I have purchased some apparel from them in the past.

Look at the colors on the football jersey. A fake jersey will have colors that are more dull and faded than the colors found on an authentic jersey. Be aware of the exact colors of the football team so that you will be able to tell the difference in color shades.

Hold the jersey in your hand and feel the fabric. An authentic football jersey will feel tighter than a fake. The counterfeit football jersey will also hang lower when worn, because it is a looser-fitting jersey.

Examine the "NFL" shield on the front of the jersey. The shield should be precisely placed in the middle of the V-neck. The middle of the football inside of the shield should have stitches so that it looks like an actual football. The shield on many counterfeit jerseys is wider than the actual NFL shield.

Look for any mistakes made on the patch that is located on the bottom right portion of the front of the football jersey. Read over each word and look for any misspelled words. I really keep my eyes out for this one because most shams out there show this mistake as the most obvious. Also check the numbers and name on the football jersey. These should be stiff, almost like cardboard, and completely attached to the jersey. Wrinkles in the letters or numbers indicate that the jersey is counterfeit.

Hope this helps.

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  • 04/06/2012 10:03 AM
    Great tips JTG! I didn't realize a lot of those things - never too old to learn new things I suppose!
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05/02/2012 12:23 PM
I used to sell this stuff on the side, and JTG pretty much nailed all the key points. Really tough to tell if it's authentic unless you have some close up pics of the jersey. Even then, never really know until you have it in hand. Ask a reputable supplier, that's your best bet.
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