Replica shirts vs Match Worn Shirts – The Key Differences to look out for:
Replica shirts sold to the general public in sports shops/ outlets are mass produced with retail sizes (XS-3XL) as opposed to a match worn shirt which are usually supplied in numbered sizes and tailored to the specific player with a much tighter fit. The country of manufacture also differs between the replica shirt and match worn shirt as well as the thickness of the material – match worn being thinner and even the wash labels that are included with the shirt being different.
Authentic Match worn shirts feature a fully embroidered club crest and logos/ sponsors compared to a replica shirt which tends to be stitched onto the shirt. The match worn shirt will always have sleeve badges to correspond to the competition of that current game, i.e. Premier League, FA Cup or Champions League sleeved badges, whereas a replica will not unless you specifically purchase badges from a retailer to go on the shirt.
Another key difference which is very noticeable is the perforations (small holes) on the shirt, this will usually be on the back of the shirt and around the arms of the shirt. These are designed to keep the player cool during the match.
One of the most obvious things to look out for in a match worn shirt, often overlooked is any signs of wear – grass stains, stretched shirt etc. If there are no signs of wear, the shirt could possibly be a match issued shirt rather than a match worn shirt, however sometimes it may be hard to distinguish as some players may only wear a shirt for a half so make sure you are aware.
A final difference that will help you in determining a match worn shirt is the player numbering and lettering, the premier league use a specific sizing and font which is different to a sports retail store, the authentic numbers and letters tend to be significantly larger.
Certificate of Authenticity
Every Chelseafan12 signed product is issued with a Certificate of Authenticity, which guarantees that every Chelseafan12 signed item has been hand signed and obtained personally by us.
The certificate features a short description of how the signature has been obtained. Each certificate states when the product has been signed, the location of the signing and the name of the player who has signed the item.
To reassure all Chelsea FC fans that all of our memorabilia is 100% genuine, each Certificate includes a picture of the item you have purchased and, where available, a photo of the player hand signing the product.
In certain instances (due to circumstances outside of our control) it is not always possible to photograph every product whilst signatures are obtained. In these circumstances we provide evidence of the player signing other products during the same signing session. At Chelseafan12.com, we feel this shows authenticity of the item through association.
Each Certificate has unique information; the title of the product and the product code (for any future reference).
Finally, every certificate is signed by a member of our ChelseaFan12 team, authorizing a full life-time, money-back guarantee of the provenance surrounding your very special purchase of Chelsea FC memorabilia.
Due to the nature of our product range (limited editions and precious one-off items), we send all of our signed memorabilia via a reliable service that requires a signature upon delivery. If you provide your mobile number or email address with your order, you will receive tracking information direct from the courier so you can track your order/ arrange alternative delivery.
We strongly advise you to always open your parcel on receipt, check the contents for any damage and let us know of any damage within 14 days of the delivery date at [email protected]
Where possible, items will be packed and dispatched within 24 hours of order placement (Orders placed Mon – Fri, up to 5pm). Items are usually delivered in the UK and Europe 1-2 working days (after dispatch); 2-3 working days to USA and 3-4 working days for the rest of the world.
We are not responsible for any customs duties, taxes or levies on international orders. We do not expect there to be any additional charges for international orders but we recommend that you check with your local customs officials or post office for further information.
Some of our personalised gifts can take up to 14 working days for delivery in addition to 5 working days processing time.
On rare occasions, due to a high demand for framed items, your order may require completion of some finishing touches. This will increase the handling time for your order. When this happens, we will contact you once we receive your order.