True or false? Tell-tale signs of a counterfeit NFL jersey


MILWAUKEE – Do you have a Packers jersey in your wardrobe? Do you know if it’s genuine?

Gary Anders of the Green and Gold Zone says half of the jerseys he sees at Lambeau Field are fakes.

“Some people don’t even know it’s a fake. They just run around thinking they got a good deal,” Anders said.

Anders has revealed that there are some key things to look for in a real jersey.

“All the authentic jerseys will have some things in common. They will all have the striped collar, the NFL shield,” said Anders.

Anders says there are actually three levels of authentic jerseys.

“If you literally lifted it up you would find it physically heavier,” Anders said of the “Elite” jersey.

In addition, an authentic “Elite” jersey is not available in small, medium or large. Instead, they come in costume sizes.

“40, 44, 48, 52, 56,” Anders gave as an example.

Anders says it’s easy to tell a real jersey from a fake if you know the facts.

First, look at the stripes on the sleeves. An authentic jersey has painted stripes. On a counterfeit, the stripes are part of the fabric.

The authentic jerseys have painted sleeves.

FOX6 Contact 6 reporter Jenna Sachs showed Anders two of her husband’s Packers jerseys. One was real and the other was fake.

Anders compared Sachs’ fake jersey to a real one.

“Look at the color. Plus, if you actually measure the dimensions of these numbers, they don’t match,” Anders said.

Turns out the numbers on Sachs’ fake jersey were the wrong color green. The numbers on an authentic Packers jersey are hunter green.

Anders also compared Sachs’ real jersey to an authentic one. Even though Sachs is almost 10 years old, he is almost identical to a new one. Both have painted sleeves.

Interestingly, Sachs’ fake jersey looks better. Sachs thinks the fake sounds more substantial than the real one. Anders says it’s because of the type of jersey the fake is trying to replicate.

Anders compares the real Jenna Sachs 10 Year Old Contact 6 jersey to a new one. They are almost identical.

“They’re simulating the top grade,” Anders explained.

When it comes to buying a jersey online, distinguishing a real one from a fake can be even more difficult. Anders says if a price is too good to be true, it probably is.

“You’re going to find the prices in legitimate places on top of each other, down to a dollar or two,” Anders said.

If you buy an authentic jersey online as a holiday gift, stick with local businesses or large retailers. Also, not all players on the team have a jersey available for sale, so if you see an ad or option for a player’s jersey, that’s a red flag.


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