Game Worn Jerseys: A Guide

Game Worn Jerseys: A GuideWhen buying game worn jerseys, it is important to know how to find out whether the item is authentic. This involves research such as finding actual photos of the season where it supposedly was worn. This can be even furthered narrowed down to a game in the season where the jersey was used.

One of the best resources for finding photo matched jerseys is Getty images.  Verifying an authentic jersey as having been worn in a specific game is sort of like a treasure hunt and can be a lot of fun. This kind of authentication can also serve as your provenance if you happen to want to sell it at a later date. Many authenticators have already done the work for you, as having this knowledge increases the value of a particular jersey.

Fans must be aware that “game issued” is not the same as “game used” or “game worn”. These two items can be identical in appearance, but only one of them saw actual game action. This means that a jersey with a "game issued" designation should not be bid on with the same veracity as a "game worn" one. This is often indicated by a "GI" in the description.

Another abbreviation is NNOB, which means ‘no name on back’. NOBR indicates that the name of the back has been removed. This can be a jersey that was used by more than one individual, as is often the case with older jerseys passed down from one level of a pro franchise to the next, sort of a “hand me down”.

A great feature of many of these jerseys is "game wear" which tends to add value. On older models, this is especially prevalent. Scuff marks (usually found on hockey jerseys) usually are the result of stick tape. There are also jerseys with blood or sweat stains. These are from those clubs that don't wash the game used shirts to better service collectors of this type of apparel. This is one of the best ways to authenticate a jersey.

Another important piece of information is tagging. An authentic jersey has proper tagging inside, and the seller will be able to answer very specific questions about the item. The manufacturer's name and logo will appear on this item along with the size and year of issue. These bits of information can also help a buyer with the verification process to match up a jersey with its former wearer.

One solid way of knowing the jersey is authentic is a letter from the professional sports team itself or a memorabilia company that has a contract to sell game used jerseys from a particular team or teams. A signed jersey can also add value and add verification too, if the player has signed it “game used”.

Steiner Sports offers game worn items from the New York Yankees and other pro and college teams through their contracts.  MeiGray has the rights to sell various NHL and NBA jerseys.

Many game worn jerseys from all major sports can be found on eBay, where much of the work has already been done for you.  Be sure to inspect the listing carefully.  Minor League Jerseys, in partnership with eBay, has gathered links to all auctions and sales of game worn jerseys as well as more information on what to look for when purchasing them.

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