shilenj Posted December 15, 2015 Report Share Posted December 15, 2015 So many of us on here are collectors of hockey jerseys but there has to be a few posters who enjoy football as well. Does anyone have any experience with collecting authentic football jerseys, namely those during the Nike era? Does anyone have a collection of Elites? Basically, I'd like to start a collection of NFL authentics from the current Nike era. However, I have some questions I was hoping I could get an answer to and since there aren't many good, active forums such as this one for football jersey collectors, I thought someone on here might be able to provide me with some information. First, with the Nike Elite jerseys, you can't buy them blank and the have them sent to the official team customizers like we can with our hockey ones. They either come pre-made (popular players who people want to buy like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., and Cam Newton, for example) or you can order a customized one if you wanted to put your own name and number on it or if you wanted to do a player they don't make pre-made in bulk (players in less demand like an offensive tackle, kicker, or punter). In saying this, does anyone know what collectors prefer to buy for the most accurate jersey to what is worn on the field? I know in football even the authentics and game-worms are different due to certain modifications made for players' preference and the need to fit pads and the like underneath. But if you were a collector and you wanted to get a Nike Elite done, what's the best route to go? Is it better to buy a pre-made or is it better to go with a customized even for a player that there is a pre-made available for? Where would you purchase an authentic? NFLShop carries Elites but so does each team's official online "pro shop" as well as some retail and team stores. What are the differences between a pre-made and custom Elite? I have no idea where NFLShop sends their customs to be done but if you wanted to ensure the closest lettering and numbering would you buy it from the team's online shop instead and hope they perhaps send it to their official customizer? I suppose if I really have to I can try calling some team shops and see where exactly they are sent to be done as well as NFLShop to see where they send theirs. However, I hope someone might have some insight to offer and can explain the differences between the pre-maxes and customized and might know where the best places to buy are. If anyone can answer even one of these questions I'd be really appreciative. I'm sorry this post was so long but I'm really interested in getting details! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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