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Can you Spot a Real vs Fake Jersey? Take our Jersey Quiz and Find Out

real-or-fake-jersey-quizLast week, I gave you all the ammo you need to be a smart jersey shopper in today’s counterfeit-filled world. I hope you did your homework because no class is complete without a final exam. It’s not that easy, but it’s not that tough either. If you can get through this, you’re well on your way to filling your closet with some awesome, legit jerseys. Now put down your books, take out a number two pencil, and let’s get to work.

1. mets-jersey-1

2. bucks-jersey-2

2. glen-rice-jersey-3

4. walter-peyton-jersey-4

5. cubs-jersey-5

6. mj-jersey-6

7. steve-largent-jersey-7

8. expos-jersey-8

9. team-usa-jersey-9

10. penguins-jersey-10

I’ll give you the answers after this video of Dominique Wilkins posterizing Larry Bird.

Quiz Answers

  1. Authentic
  2. Fake – (striping is too thick, bad cut, wrong material, and numbering is poorly sewn)
  3. Fake – (#41 should be more centered with HEAT, jock tag is the same one used on replicas)
  4. Fake – (puffy/shiny numbers, sleeve striping is uneven, jersey cut is wrong)
  5. Fake – (wrong materials, wrong cut, number font is too thin)
  6. Fake – (shoulders are cut too wide, number spacing is off)
  7. Authentic
  8. Fake – (the Expos never even wore a jersey like this)
  9. Fake – (numbering is sewn on shiny, puffy material)
  10. Authentic


How Did You Score?

1-4: You might want to review Real or Fake: A Comprehensive Guide to Buying Jerseys again

5-7: About average. You still need some practice, but you’ve got the hang of it.

8-10: Excellent! You’re ready to start that jersey collection!


Ryan Mackman has more jerseys than your girlfriend has shoes, and he’s not ashamed of it. If he could, he’d wear a jersey with a tie to work every day, but apparently that’s “not professional.”  You can follow him on Twitter at @rmackman.







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  • John Doe

    I don’t know much about the other sports, but the Glen Rice and Dream Team Jordan are debatable.

    I’ll give you the “HEAT” for being off on its placement, but that looks pretty legit to me. Have you seen the old Champion authentics? Same size tag as replicas. Pro Cuts had a team specific tag along with it. Later retail authentics have an additional tag from Champion.

    As for the Dream Team jersey, have you ever seen those re-releases in real life? They’re all puffy and sheen-y, and I think it’s supposed to be shiny since the whole jersey is accented in GOLD.

    • Tyler

      That part just depends on when you bought the replica. Because you’re right, the recent replicas that Nike put out for the Dream Team are different from older replicas. Another part of the equation has to be what type of replica you are buying. I mean hell you can still buy replica jerseys that are made by like Mitchell & Ness and not by Nike or adidas or whomever.

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  • r3ckl3sson3

    Dude, Rice and Dream Team jerseys aren’t fake. Don’t mislead folks because of generalizations.

  • Jersey guy

    #9 is definitely authentic. I have the same jersey, it’s just poor quality.

    Glenn Rice Jersey is very close, and impossible to tell in that picture.

  • Ryan

    The Dream Team jersey is a fake because if you look at the USA, the line between the red and blue is too thin. The stitching is puffy, which on the originals it was screen printed (and produced by Champion), but with the re-releases it still shouldn’t be puffy. Some people are perfectly okay with well-made jerseys that are Chinese knock-offs. That’s fine if they know what they’re getting.

    As far as the Miami Heat jersey, it’s darn close. However, an authentic jersey would not have the misplaced HEAT like that. The Heat did not start pushing their numbers off to the side until the current version came out in 1999-2000. My point of posting both of these jerseys was to show that there are jerseys that are close, but still not legit.

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