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Old 06-22-2006, 10:30 AM   #1
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Questions from a Jersey Virgin

No, I'm not a virgin from New Jersey, I've just never spent the big bucks on an NFL jersey. Don't ask me why...regardless, I really want a Sean Taylor jersey, but I'm kind of confused at all the options.

I see the "authentic" jerseys that go for like $250, which just seems absurd to me. There's also the replica jerseys for around $60, which seems like a reasonable deal. Then there's the stuff on eBay which runs anywhere from $20 to $600 for an autographed, game-worn jersey.

Does anyone have any tips or advice? Given that ST may leave the team in a couple years, like everyone else has, I'm not inclined to drop $100+. Are the replicas really cheap or chintzy, or are they a decent deal?
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Old 06-22-2006, 10:49 AM   #2
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Authentics are thicker and have the actual stitched on letters like the players actually wear during the games.
The replicas, which are all I've ever bought, are thinner and have the numbers 'painted' on (for lack of a better term). They're not bad, I think most people probably have replicas, especially since the players come and go so often.
There are also "repla-thentics," which are like a mix between the two. Their okay I guess. They're thinner than the real thing, but the letters are stitched on.

If you go through eBay, just really look closely at the picture and at other buyer's comments. My neighbor's bought my mom a Riggin's jersey for her birthday a few years ago and I almost cracked up when she unwrapped it because it looked so bad. People make crappy knockoffs at home and sell them online. Her's is practically purple and the stripes on the sleeves are all wrong.
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:32 AM   #3
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Re: Questions from a Jersey Virgin

If you're still a virgin, why hype it? We still think you're cool. It'll happen eventually.
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If you're still a virgin, why hype it? We still think you're cool. It'll happen eventually.


Good one.
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:35 AM   #5
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You can find pretty nice deals on Ebay for authentics. Most of them are knockoffs from China, but they still look pretty damn good for the money. Who's going to know the difference anyway? Just buy from reputable sellers and you'll be fine.
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I personally suggest just going in to a Skins store, buying frmo the SKins store online, or maybe from a Sporting Goods store. I honestly have bought dozens of jerseys on ebay and it is truely hard to tell what you are buying until it actually shows up. My advice is to buy the $75 jersey that the store sells, unless you have the cash flow to buy the authentic for $250. Another warning is that if you plan on buying the $250 jersey (or any current players jersey) be ready to hang it in the closet after a year with the free agency these days.
I will give you a few hints to look for in jerseys on ebay:
(1) The nfl logo on the V neck:

This one claims to be a Sean Taylor custom jersey and personally is garbage,
(2) Check for signs of it being home made :

This one claims to be an authentic Moss jersey for $49.99, and you can tell that the nfl logo on the V neck is not prefessionally stitched on like it should be.
Sometimes these jerseys also have big numbers on the back and a bit smaller size numbers on the front. Its hard to tell sometimes from the pictures but I have seen them and they do not look good in person.

Authentics usually also have elastic around the arm band:

$289.99 but is also guaranteed real.

Replica (much cheaper):

$74.99

My own personal opinion is to avoid a black jersey as well. Hope the info helps.
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That Taylor jersey is crap, the stripes around the arms look like they're made out of material. Real Skins jerseys, authentic or replica don't have material for the stripes.
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Awesome info - thanks guys!
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That Taylor jersey is crap, the stripes around the arms look like they're made out of material. Real Skins jerseys, authentic or replica don't have material for the stripes.
Yea totally, I just wanted to stress that the jerseys on ebay are not that great for the most part. Just buy from the store.
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Yea totally, I just wanted to stress that the jerseys on ebay are not that great for the most part. Just buy from the store.
I agree. Except a word of warning, I got a custom replica last year with #81 and Monk (since I couldn't find a decent one on ebay), and the lettering is a little different than the regular jerseys. I've said this a few times, but it's probably something only I would notice, but it annoys me.
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There are some good deals out there on ebay if you know what you're looking for, but I agree for the most part they're knockoffs and bad ones at that.
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GTripp, so who got on your username?
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You could try to find a Smoot # 21 authentic on eBay or similar for cheap and get the plate changed to Taylor.

Oh, and GTripp0012, bet you're excited about repeating
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GTripp has been banned temporarily until we (meaning Matty) can't figure out what the bleepity bleep is going.
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