There are many people all over the world cashing in on the popularity of American Sports with mass producing counterfeit jerseys, Baseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey. However nothing is targeted more than Football or to be exact NFL Jerseys. To the untrained eye it can be very difficult to spot the difference between a real and fake jersey. Let me start off by telling you about the jerseys that do not get faked. Jerseys are separated into three ranges, authentic, premier and replica. The premier and replica versions do not get faked as they have either all the names and numbers printed onto the jersey or some sewn and printed. The counterfeiters are not interested in these, as the costs in buying machinery to print them would put them off. So they target the authentic range, the easiest to mass produce and also the highest priced out of the three ranges. This gives them a bargaining tool by offering you what seems to be a good deal.
There is a tell tail sign straight away when being offered counterfeit NFL jerseys, the price. If you go onto the big sports site’s like , an authentic will cost $200 – $280. If someone offers you the same jerseys for $40, this should start alarm bells ringing. Now don’t get me wrong you can get authentic’s cheaper than $280, but they tend to be players who no longer play or have changed teams. You will not be getting an authentic jersey for $40 if they are still playing for that team. Let me go into the specifics, check the numbers and logo’s if they are bubbly it is a sign of a fake. All numbers and logo’s should be rigid and smooth. Authentic jerseys are also made from a heavy weight material and a lot of fake jerseys use cheaper light weight fabric.
Reebok the official manufacturer of the NFL also only have the clothes made in certain countries. Authentic’s are only made in Korea or Vietnam, if your jerseys has any other manufacturing country on the neck tag and has some or all the other details spoken about earlier, it is most likely a fake NFL jersey. Don’t get caught out thinking you are getting a good deal, the jerseys are made in appalling conditions and the people who make them are poorly paid for there work. Stitching and materials are poor and the jerseys will discolour and fall apart after a few washes. So stay away from fake goods and buy authentic.