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This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on where and how you buy it. There are 2 kinds of premier jerseys and only one kind of authentic jersey, so you have to be careful when purchasing.

Premier 1 (pre-made jersey)

The jersey that you will see on 80% of fans is the premier 1 jersey. These are pre-made and are what you will typically find in your local sporting goods store. They feature the same sewn on numbers and letters you see on the authentic jerseys. However, the actual design and material used in the premier 1 jersey is more of a mesh-nylon that is meant to fit loosely and look a bit more fashionable. These are not the same designs and materials that you see on the actual players on the ice.

Premier 2 (customized jersey)

If you are ordering a jersey online from shop.nhl.com, then there is a chance this is the kind you will receive. Contrary to what many believe, the numbers and letters on premier 1 and authentic jerseys is not hand sewn but rather machine sewn. This is a programed process that is meant to mass-produce the jerseys of favorite players around the league. This is why you typically find jerseys for the same 5 or 6 players on most fans. So when a premier jersey is made for a player that isn't as popular, they will use screened on letters and numbers. However, the front-facing team logo will still be sewn on similar to the authentic and premier 1 jerseys. The common complaint about these jerseys is that the screened on items tend to curve after washing and obviously cannot be ironed flat because it can melt them off of the material.

Authentic

The authentic jerseys are 95% the same as the ones you see on the ice. A few changes (i.e. padding ties and elastic collars) have been removed because they make the sweaters fit funny or look awkward when worn without pads. The material is a triple mesh that is extremely durable. However, it should be noted that this is the same reason the authentic jerseys do not breath the same way and thus can be uncomfortable if worn in warmer climates. They have hand-tailoring in the underarms, waist line, shoulders and chest that make them fit more snug to the body (think about it, if you were playing you wouldn't want your jersey creating wind resistance). The numbers and letters are all hand-sewn and double-stitched to prevent wrinkling and fraying around the edges.

When it comes down to it, the jersey I prefer is the premier 1 and for several reasons. I have a bit of a beer gut - so the authentic somewhat accentuates it what with the tailoring around the waistline. Additionally, as nearly double the price, it's easy to invest in a player's authentic jersey only to see them on a different team a year or two later.

The premier 1 fits a little more comfortably for me and it breathes a lot better when I'm wearing it in the early-fall or spring. The quality is nice and it can handle machine washing without a problem. The only downside in my mind is that you are limited to a handful of players (I got a Claude Giroux but I would have preferred one of the Flyers younger players like Couturier or Read). Other than that, it looks nice, fits nice and doesn't cost an arm and a leg... just a leg haha.

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Replica jerseys feature the same patterns as the Authentic jerseys but are crafted with thinner fabric and screen-printed graphics. These jerseys are designed for budget-minded fans who want the look of a real player's jersey.

Authentic jerseys are crafted just like the ones on the field. They feature heavier fabric with all sewn-on graphics matching those worn by the actual players. These jerseys are designed for fans seeking the same high quality as worn by their favorite players.

You can find a detailed information at this url: http://www.overbestmall.com/quality-chart

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An authentic football jersey will have all if not most of materials (numbers, names, any other titles) sown on by hand or machine. Replicas have them painted on. Another difference is the authentic logo, the way of measurement are not in S,M, or L for the authentic ones.

Authentic jerseys are the exact same jerseys the athletes wear for every game. The fabric is made from top line material that can handle the rigors and physical punishment of the game. Sometimes the shoulder and elbow areas are reinforced to prevent tearing. The name, jersey number, and logo are stitched into the jersey itself.

Replica jerseys are made from less durable material and the printing, such as the name and number, are screen printed. Sometimes the colors aren't identical to the authentic jerseys, and that's because the sports leagues will authorize other companies, like Adidas, to produce these replicas and they don't always get it right. While they cost a lot less than the authentic version, they are by all means not cheap. They're still made from quality materials and can withstand you cheering for your team at the stadiums and in your living room.

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The "authentic" jersey, if it really is authentic, is the same as what the actual players wear in the games. The replicas are just that. They are not meant to be used on the field. Are less durable. There are different levels of "replicas" with some with silk screen number but the more expensive ones have sewn on numbers and letters. Also they do not have the spandex on the sleeves. Lastly. the authentic jersey tends to fit better with a tailored cut (makes you look buff) whereas the replicas kinda sag on your body.

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There are several big differences between an authentic helmet and a replica. The main issue is logically the quality of materials. Helmet: High strength polycarbonate vs. less durable ABS plastic (Also not completely round like the regulation helmets). The authentic helmets also allow for shining and polishing. The ABS plastic is not as lustrous in finish. Facemask: Steel dipped in vinyl vs. plastic dipped in vinyl Padding: Regulation air-chambered pads vs. plastic coated foam Chin-strap: 4-point vs. 2-point Logos: Generally a tad bit smaller on the replica versions. All in all, the visual difference is not extreme, but the true fan will notice the difference, so my advice would be to spend the extra $100, and get the real deal.

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authentic jerseys have all logos, jersey numbers, names, etc. sewn into the jersey so they do not fall/peel off where as premier are more like stickers that can fall/peel off the jersey fairly easily.

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There are a few ways you can differ an original and a fake shirt. All original Adidas things have the 'i' connected to the logo and most jerseys of nike and adidas have a phrase/ word written in the back of the crest

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A replica football jersey has printed lettering and a authentic football jersey has stitched lettering.

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the difference is that one is more advanced for people who want to spend money the other is for people who want it for fun

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