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Full disclosure before I start this thread off: I am incredibly cheap. Cheap as in I will go out of my way to find the generic brand of cereals to save money. So when Nike took over making NFL jerseys and began implementing a number of features that made them more difficult to replicate, I was disappointed, because fake jerseys began to look terrible. I recently picked up a few for the Patriots' recent Super Bowl win, and was surprised to find out how much the quality had improved. You can certainly tell they're fake if you know what you're looking for, with the exception of a Donta Hightower (yeah, I know, better hope he doesn't leave in FA) jersey, which largely looked next to indistinguishable from photos of real jerseys/real jerseys I've seen in person. I was curious if this would be the case for people on here with a better eye for aesthetics, so I'd be interested in hearing if you guys can spot any differences. For categorizing sake, I believe this is meant to be a fake of an Nike Limited Jersey. I've put some comparison photos in here with a Reebok Replica Julian Edelman jersey (which is real, I got it at a discount), a fake Nike Limited Rob Gronkowski jersey, and a fake Nike Limited Tom Brady SBLI jersey. The one final caveat before this is that the SBLI patch is pretty obviously fake. But the standard jersey outside of that looked really good to me. So here's the jersey in question... Here are the other ones for comparison (Real Edelman, Fake Brady and Gronkowski) One thing that struck me right off the bat is people have finally learned how to draw the Patriots' logo's face on the sleeve. Compare this... with this (sorry for upside down, my camera hates me) The latter one isn't terrible, but a couple of things are screwed up. Firstly, the logo's chin doesn't stick out quite as much on most fakes. The mouth isn't as much of a scowl as it should be, and the star on the...American flag hat thing...isn't as large. I've noticed fakes tend to be a lot shinier as well, which I think this picture picked up well (here's how the logo looks on the real replica if you're interested). Next thing was the size tags. Real jerseys tend to have a shinier metallic color to them. I tried to pick that up in this picture (probably ended up picking too much of it up), but you can see the minor color difference. Left is the Hightower jersey, right is the Gronkowski jersey. If nothing else, you can definitely tell that the Hightower one reflects light much better. Speaking of tags, many fake jerseys simply won't have them in the collar, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that be the case here. Not only is the collar intact, but it's also got "Made in Honduras" written, which is usually not the norm for fake ones (Honduras and Guatemala are where real jerseys are made). The name stitching also seems to be much better as well. Only one loose thread, and no connecting threads between letters (which seems to often be the case for fakes) Super Bowl patch is definitely fake, but even it's above par for what I've seen from fake SB patches (Hightower patch is first, Brady second) So that's what I've got. I'll stick some additional photos in links here. Did anyone notice any glaring differences that would notify them that it was fake? I was genuinely surprised with how good it looked.
A couple years ago I found the absolutely insane basketball warmup jersey below that was made in Russia. It has 17 different sports logos embroidered on it, most if not all of them American or American influenced. One funny aspect of these logos is even though this is a basketball warmup jersey and most of the logos are basketball related, 7 of them are baseball related. So you have a mixture of both basketball and baseball logos, and two logos are ripoffs of WNBA logos. Below is a photo of the front of the jersey followed by closeup photos of all the logos that appear on it. As you'll see some of them are pretty hilarious, my favorite being a "69" version of an old 76ers logo. You can't make this stuff up! Here are the pics: I didn't know there was a limit to how many photos you can put in one post so the above logos appear on the left side of the jersey, I will post the right side logos in a second post to this thread.