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How to Tell a Fake Mitchell & Ness Jersey

    Feel the fabric of the jersey carefully. An authentic Mitchell & Ness jersey will feel heavy in your hands, and the material will be very sturdy. Knock-offs tend to be quite lightweight.

    Examine the team's name--not just the player's name--to ensure it's a professional sports team. Mitchell & Ness does not make any college or high school jerseys. They don't even make older jerseys of current professionals who were once amateur players.

    Look for details at the bottom left portion of the jersey. Verify that a label is embroidered onto the jersey that reads "Nostagia Co. Mitchell & Ness, Philadelphia, PA" alongside a small, embroidered label with the player name and the year the jersey style was worn.

    Inspect the front and back of the jersey. Make sure it does not have any embroidery commemorating a championship or any milestone These types of jerseys are typically celebratory styles presented to players after a championship game or for novelty purposes for fans; however, they are not authentic styles. Mitchell & Ness does not make them.

    Check the size tag. Make sure that it's a numbered size (typically between 40 and 64). If the jersey has a lettered size, it's definitely a counterfeit because authentic Mitchell & Ness jerseys are more precisely sized.

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Tips

  • Prior to shopping for a Mitchell & Ness jersey, check the company's Website for authorized retailers in your area to take out the guesswork of purchasing it. Look at close-up pictures of the professional athlete wearing the jersey design in question. Compare the details to the jersey you're considering purchasing.

Warnings

  • Do not purchase a jersey from online auction Websites without verifying the return policy since you won't be able to examine the details up close before buying. Do not assume that a jersey is real just because the letters and numbers are sewn on. Even inexpensive jerseys that aren't advertised as real can have sewn-on details.

About the Author

Allison Boelcke graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's in English and a minor in psychology. She worked in print journalism for three years before deciding to pursue Internet writing. She is now a contributing web writer for Demand Studios and Conjecture Corporation.

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