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THE OFFICIAL JIM'S JERSEYS GAME-WEAR GLOSSARY
GAME-WORN, GAME-USED In my view these are interchangeable terms, though some folks may disagree. Any uniform or equipment
worn by a player who is on a team's active roster, gets dressed for the game and takes his place on the field or ice is game-worn or game-used. Even if that
player is a back-up quarterback who spends the entire game holding a clipboard, his uniform is game-worn/game-used because
he was on the sideline, on the active roster and in an able-bodied position to partcipate in on-field plays. This applies to the
relief pitcher that spends the entire game sitting in the bullpen and the back-up goalie who is activated and dressed for the game but never
spends game time in the goal. Fortunately, most players who dress for games will participate in those games, even if minimally. And, most
game-worn/game-used uniforms will show evidence to that effect.
TEAM-ISSUED or GAME-ISSUED-ordered by a team and intended for game use--but not worn or used. These jerseys will have been team stock, part of the equipment room inventory, but may
not have had player's names applied and will not have received the customization that a specific player may request.
GAME-READY-Completely ready for the player to use in game action, but not worn or used. These uniforms will have received
the final customization that a player may request. These uniforms will often have been part of a player's uniform rotation, but for
one reason or another never saw game action.
GAME-CUT-A term used by NFL Auctions referring to jerseys that are the same size that a specific player would wear
and tagged in the same manner. These jerseys should not be confused with Game-Ready, as they may or may not have received
the final customization that a specific player desires--nor do these jerseys originate from a team's equipment room. These
jerseys go directly from Reebok to the NFL for resale purposes.
MINIMAL or LIGHT-this is self-explanatory
MODERATE-more wear exhibited than "minimal" or "light." Noticeable wear indeed, but not at the level to be considered "good"
GOOD or NICE-more than a "moderate" level of wear. Now we're talking!
EXCELLENT, TERRIFIC, EXCEPTIONAL, EXTENSIVE, BATTLEFIELD, ect.-again, these are self-explanatory terms. Game-wear too good to be considered only as "good"
BASEBALL WEAR-baseball jerseys don't exhibit the same degree of wear as football and hockey jerseys. Noticeable pilling and fraying would be considered good baseball wear.
BURNS-small sections of melted nylon. On hockey jerseys they are the result of high-impact contact with the boards surrounding the ice. Those on football jerseys are the result of forceful contact with artificial turf.
FRAYING-separation and flattening of fibers that make up the thread used to stitch numbers, letters, and any material connection points. This is the
result of laundering, friction, repetitive motion, and/or light impact.
IMPACT MARKS-are generally no longer than several inches and are the result of high-impact collisions with helmets or other jerseys. Most common on football uniforms.
PAINT MARKS-paint from the advertisements on hockey arena boards plus logos and insignias painted on football fields.
PILLING-tiny bits of rolled or ball shaped material that like fraying is the result of light impact, repetitive motion, and friction. It is most commonly found on spandex panels, under sleeves, and inside of
cowls and tails. It is also common on the satin shoulder material found on many football jerseys.
PULLS-small pieces of material pulled or looped from the main body. This is very similar to pilling and is also referred to as "snags."
REPAIR-a sown together rip or tear
SNAG-most common on hockey jerseys. A small section of separated material that is not completely ripped or torn but appears to be scratched or gashed.
STICK and PUCK MARKS-are the result of those sticks and pucks making hard contact with hockey jerseys.
TEAM LAUNDRY or WASH WEAR-light, fine fraying plus tag wrinkling and tackle-twill number and letter puckering--resulting from team laundering. This is very
often the only type of wear found on jerseys worn a minimal amount of times or worn by kickers, punters, back-up quarterbacks, and bench-warmers in all sports.