I got a Richards jersey from NHL.com as a gift and while it is subpar, its better then Ive seen a lot of people say. The lettering and numbers are stitched on, except the "twill" is kind of plasticky and on the numbers where there would be a 2nd color layered on top, that is the part that is screen printed on. It is lame though.
I wouldnt pay the crazy price for an Authentic jersey, but I would get a regular blank one and have it customized by someone legit. Ive heard lots of good things about IceJerseys.com. Its probably half the price.
I just put on my replica Gagne jersey and it just doesn't feel right so I switched to the Authentic Betts jersey and theirs a big difference. If you have the money to burn Authentic is definitely the way to go.
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