Originally Posted by barrelntrigger A lovely family! What? Family brag! No dogs?! San Jose, CA or SJ Mexico?
CA, and can't take our 3 greyhounds to Easter services. The kids make enough noise, ha.
Love the football talk on baseball's opening day. Show us where our minds are.
On the jerseys -- there's a lot of "gray market" stuff made for Asian markets that creeps back into the U.S. I am a Washington fan and I get all my stuff unlicensed off eBay because it costs way less. Made by diff companies, not licensed by the NFL for sale in U.S. If I am done with it (like, say after I got the Deion Sanders jersey) I'd donate to local thrift stores. I don't care if I have the Reebok replica of what the players wear or the Chow Foon. Replicas is replicas. If I wanted to buy an actual team jersey and had forked over $300 for that with all the patches, etc and it was faked, then I'd be mad. But a vast majority of stuff you see at foot locker, olympia sports, are replicas anyway, properly licensed for US market.
What if it isn't? Oh darn, my replica jersey is a replica of a licensed replica. So who cares except for the player's agent. As for saleability check eBay but in general most jerseys are unsaleable except for the team-issued game jersey and half the things from Mitchell & Ness because they re-create game jerseys no longer in use. I have a Mitchell & Ness 1975 Yaz like this,
which isn't worth anything because there's a million of them out there new that people are still trying to move 5-6 years later for $20 a piece. They must have way overestimated demand for that one, ha.
At the same time I got it, my local discount store AJ Wright (RIP, the chain's gone now, it was a really low end TJ Maxx sister store) had Mitchell & Ness Braves jerseys from when Hank hit #755. I bought three and flipped them on eBay pretty handily at the time. Lesson: Check on eBay if the M&N jersey you see in front of you is selling for anything. Otherwise, if you want it for yourself, and might get your pals laughing at the good old days...OK you can still get it but get the dollar signs out of your eyes.
This is all my experience. I'm sure other thrifters have different paths to turning a buck or two with sports jerseys & have things to add to this. And of course, brags about their own jerseys (I have a nylon 1972 Gordie Howe!!!! that still looks new from when I was a kid!!!! Heh.)
Bet your Sipe is gray market if it looks "off" from the official. No one would fake a Sipe jersey. No money in it. However, "throwback" jerseys were the rage for a time (in some places they still are, i.e. where the current team is weak and the only way the team can boost jersey sales is to remind fans of better days = retired players)....and I am guessing that's what's happening here. The throwback phenomena, BTW, killed the market almost completely for old jerseys that weren't actually worn by the players themselves or team issued/unworn.Edited by LooknGr8 - 4/1/13 at 4:36am