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today for my birthday i got my first NFL authentic. i got it half off because there is no way my parents would spend $300+ on them. i got a warren sapp pro bowl jersey from last year and i have to say i am blown away by how incredibly nice it is. i have a manning replica pro bowl jersey from last year and it dosent even begin to compare. i have a lot of reebok replicas and i love em. decent price and the cuts are very similar to the authentics, but now that i have an authentic, i think i just might save from now on to get authentics, the only problem is my parents paid half price and it still cost them $175!!!!!

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i'm picky about replicas. I'll take an NHL replica over the other three leagues because, for the most part the main thing the replica lacks is a fight strap. NFL authentics, what can I say. my David Carr roadie is one nice ass piece of clothing, I can tell ya that. replicas aren't the authentics obviously, but they do their job. baseball and basketball replicas, IMO suffer from half-assed workmanship, the notable exception being the swingman jerseys which get the work put in em.

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I ordered my McNabb Pro Bowl replica around Dec. 10th. A week later the Authentics were half price on Eastbay!! :cursing:

yeah the replicas are no where near as nice as the authentics. the only think i dislike about the authentics is that they are made to be worn over shoulder pads therefore wear way differently then replicas. definately not something to waer as commonly as the replicas

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And those aren't even the same as on the field authentics. They are more a street fit than actual on the field.

I really don't mind the baseball replicas. At least they have sewn on lettering. The wordmarks are usually off, but to save 200 bucks, I'll take that. I have a Cardinals Road, Cardinals BP, a Cardinals throwback ('44 its actually I'd say between a replica and an authentic. From what I can tell the lettering is authentic, but I doubt they had polyester back in the 40's) and a Red Sox Home. They all do the job for me.

But yes, NHL replicas are the best. Even though I've never had an authentic NHL, I see no reason to get one. My avs replica is awesome. The patch started falling off but I got one of the first ones when they moved and its had alot of wear.

I do have an 80's NHL replica, and it sucks compared to todays replicas. I got a bruins one (a la Happy gilmore), its made out of polyester like material. Maybe they wore those back then though.

We've come along way in replicas though. Remember Champion basketball? :) Or the screened on all cotton majestic baseball jerseys? I also have a walter payton replica that I bet was sold orginally when he was still a Bear. The numbers are about double to triple as thick as they should be, and its made by who other than...starter.

OH...and on a replica note. I saw one of the EQT jerseys today. Man they are disapointing. I never actually held one until today...but its a replica with tackle twill lettering. However, the stitches are sublaminated on to a single layer. I can't imagine what happens to those when you walk them. I'd rather get 2 replicas or save another 100 and get an authentic.

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yeah the one i got was one of the on field ones i think. the numbers hang so low when you wear it without shoulderpads.

we were having this convo in another thread not too long ago. The authentics for sale are made by reebok. They are more 'pro' than the replicas in fit. They are not however made even remotely at the same location as the authentics actually worn on the field. The on the field jerseys are made in Canada. Its always been like that no matter the manuafacture. At least that's what my source at reebok has told me.

I have a bears authentic and its really not that close to what they wear on the field. The numbers on the sleeves are thicker, the armholes have no elastic band, and on some of the bears, they have tiny pinstripes in the sholders. Mine does not have that.

That being said, I still love it and I paid less than a replica for it. So I sure can't complain.

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Agree on the NHL replicas.

I have quite a few from when I travelled there in 1988.

Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal and Quebec.

All are this flimsy lightweight material.

I now have a Canucks and Phoenix (the black one) and they are great.

The Phoenix one is actually reasonably heavy.

It's quality.

Especially compared to the 80's version.

I had a San Diego Chargers replica.

It wasn't so much a replica and something similar in design to what they wore.

That said, I think there's an age where wearing your teams actual shirt is just kidding yourself you look good in it. It's a different age for everyone, but whatever it was, I reached it.

Nowadays I'm happy with a Canucks polo shirt or my Patriots jacket.

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NHL replicas really are pretty much as good as authentics. I don't need a fighting strap in my day to day life; I think there's some extra padding in the elbows of the authentic, too, but my Leafs replica is nicely put together.

For NFL jerseys, I think the team makes a difference. I have a replica Browns jersey, which looks good enough, but I'm a huge Raiders fan and the replicas look nothing like the authentics. The #'s are too thick and a completely different shade of silver on the replicas. But my wife shelled out for an authentic last Christmas and it is sweet.

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My Miami Heat Alternate Authentic Shaq jersey just came in the mail today and it is a thing of beauty. I dont think I will every buy a replica or swingman again. The authentic looks WAAAAAY better. It is much more comfortable without a shirt (for playing bball) and with a shirt too. Its double stitched too. Once you buy an authentic you wont buy a replica again.

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I can't vouch for it without pulling some jerseys out of my closet, but my guess would be the back numbers are bigger than the fronts. The front space is limited with the yoke of the collar, and any other logo or wordmark underneath it, while the backs only have the nameplate to constrict space.

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I can't vouch for it without pulling some jerseys out of my closet, but my guess would be the back numbers are bigger than the fronts. The front space is limited with the yoke of the collar, and any other logo or wordmark underneath it, while the backs only have the nameplate to constrict space.

for the vast majority of teams, this is true-the front number is smaller lengthwise than the back number. Usually the front #s are 10" long while the back # is a foot long, IIRC. The Seahawks' old unis, I'd heard once, had 12" #s on both the front and back.

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NHL - Replicas almost as good as authentics.

NFL - There's a difference, but you'd have to be a fan to tell

MLB - Same?

NBA - Authentic. The replicas can be rubbish.

Would this be the general consensus?

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Not necessarily with baseball replicas. A lot have names where there aren't any, they use the wrong style numbers (even wrong colors), and in the case of the Red Sox, different team scripts.

So pretty much, NHL replica or authentic for everything else?

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