The Difference Between Replica and Authentic Jerseys

Big sports fans know that wearing a jersey to the game is all a part of the experience. A jersey represents not only support of a team, but also the pride one has for the game itself. As such, wearing the right one is all about the logo, style, and authenticity. Sports jerseys and fan-wear come in all shapes and forms, but authentic and replica jerseys are most common, and the difference between the two might not appear obvious at first. Below are some pros and cons of each to help with making the decision on what kind of jersey to wear.

Sometimes called Semi-Pro Jerseys or Non-Authentic, the replica jerseys are just that: a copy of a jersey players wear in the game. It is important to note, however, that a “semi-pro” replica is usually a lot higher quality than one just labeled as a “replica.” The difference lies in the type of material used. They are not made of the same quality of fabric nor the same type of logos found on a jersey a player would wear on the field, court, or ice. They are not meant to be played in as they are more prone to ripping and tearing. An example of this can be seen in ice hockey jerseys: replicas are not double sewn at the elbows like authentic, game-ready jerseys are.

Such minor details make a jersey more durable and last longer on a field, but are not necessarily affected by normal wear. Replicas are made by mainstream companies, like Reebok and Nike, and can be licensed by the team itself, making it an official replica. On the other hand, it could be a knock-off made overseas. This leads to the main attractive feature of a replica jersey: price. Usually under $100, replicas will be able to outfit a fan of any sport in a decent manner. However, the price comes at a lack of detail on the jersey and a few shortfalls compared to an authentic jersey.

 

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