The Early Years Can Be Confusing

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is how relics have been labled once they are placed into cards.  When Upper Deck introduced the first jersey relics back in 1997, everyone thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Companies then started to introduce multi-colored patches that just blew the plain colored jerseys out of the water.  One thing that a majority of the  manufacturers did was keep the lable exactly the same for patches as they did for jerseys.  At the time this was ok, but in today’s hobby with all the fraud many counterfeiters take advantage of this opportunity.  Take this Nolan Ryan 2001 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game patch for example.  Donruss made patches for this set, but labled them “Authentic Game-Worn Jersey”.  Most if not all patch cards made today say “patch” or “prime-jersey”.  Usually if you see a patch card today that says “jersey” it makes you want to stop and think.  This is just one of those little things you need to know before bidding on that special patch relic.  Depending on the set and year, that patch may be real even though it may show signs on being fake.


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