Hello guys...I currently work for Marshalls which is a discount retail store. We get jerseys in periodically, though not often, and never of the authentic variety.
We got in 6 Bears authentic jerseys about 3 weeks back. 3 blue, all of which sold out before I got the opportunity to check them out. I am assuming that they all had mesh tops/shoulders (75 percent sure about that) and open sleeves. The number and letter stitching was legit and the jock tag seemed legit as well. But, as I said, they all sold out before I got a chance to really look them over.
By the time I had come to the conclusion to purchase the jersey, we only had the 3 white jerseys left. The reason why I'm only 75 percent sure the blue jerseys had mesh tops and open sleeves is because we had 2 white jerseys with mesh tops/shoulders and 1 that had the solid shoulders and cuffed sleeves.
I put one of the all mesh/non cuffed jerseys on layaway and will be picking it up soon. The jersey with the solid shoulders and cuffed sleeve is still on the floor, and I'm thinking about buying that as well. I just want to make sure they're authentic before I do that.
I currently have no pictures of my own (of the jerseys in question) to share, but I've been doing a TON of research trying to figure out if my store got in the real deal. I've found a couple of threads here that I will be borrowing pictures or links from to give you guys a description of what I have. I hope to purchase the jerseys before February so I can give you guys a look at what it is you're actually supposed to be judging.
After all of my research, I'm almost certain that both of them are authentic. The confusion for me lies in a couple of places:
One being the fact that we got in authentic jerseys from the same team that are built in such different fashion. I figured the materials used for the jerseys would be consistent, and since they weren't consistent, then perhaps both jerseys were fake. But after reading threads on here that had comments from a Bears fan/jersey collector, it seems as though perhaps both jerseys are real.
Another area of confusion is the fact that orange stripe on the sleeve goes through the GSH whereas in just about every picture of actual game day jerseys on players from the game itself has the GSH outlined by the orange stripe (not going and showing through the letters). As I said, I don't have any pictures of the jerseys in question but here are some close examples to what it is I'm talking about.
All Mesh Jersey with questionable orange stripe:
As you guys can see, the orange stripe goes through the letters. In all game day photos, the stripes frame the letters. I've tried to get images from as far back as 2002, and the yall seem to frame the letters instead of going through them. Can't say for sure about 2003 and 2004 though.
That is the only question I have about that jersey. I've checked the jock tag and it's fine. I've check the shield and it seems fine. It doesn't have the original NFL tags, so that's also a question mark, but just judging from what I can judge, the only question mark is the orange stripe.
And here is an example of the other jersey that has solid shoulders and cuffed sleeves:
It's the only photo I can find of that style, although I haven't looked too hard, and got it from the same thread where I got the other 2 photos. The jersey seems suspect to me because of the inconsistencies in the materials used, but having read other threads with comments like these:
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- Funny thing is, the sleeve numbers are actually correct! Unlike most teams, the sleeve #s on the Bears jerseys have a different font than the chest/back #s. *** On real Bears jerseys, the sleeve #s should be of a thicker and fatter font ***. So, if you ever see a jersey like this on eBay, there's a good chance it may be real.
Open sleeves are also correct. When Reebok took over, they made Bears jerseys w/ cuffed sleeves and solid shoulders (as opposed to mesh) up until 2002 I believe. After that, all Bears jerseys were made with OPEN sleeves and MESH shoulders (so actually the entire jersey would be mesh). So, if you see a Bears jersey on ebay w/ cuffed sleeves, mesh shoulders, and 'thinner' sleeve #s, it's fake. If you do see a bears jersey w/ cuffed sleeves, the shoulders should be solid
It seems as though the jersey may actually be real. To provide a better note on the item before I can put up pictures of it, the small numbers located on the sleeves of the jersey with the solid shoulders actually are a thicker or fatter font than the numbers on the front and back of the jersey. The jersey with the orange stripe but mesh shoulders has a small number font that is more like the font of the large numbers.
I know you guys can't say anything about the jerseys in question until I can actually show you the jerseys in question, but if anyone could explain the orange stripe through the letters vs framing the letters and if the jersey with the solid shoulders should still be around, that'd be great. I'm pretty good with jerseys, but this has me pretty confused, and I just want to make sure.
Oh, and just for the record, this is the jocktag on both jerseys
Thanks for your help guys. Should be able to get pics of the jerseys up soon. Good thing about this situation is they're at a store...Not online...So I can purchase them and if I'm not satisfied, I can just return it.