My main focus and expertise is Champion replica jerseys because of the nostalgia associated with them. But I get a lot of questions about Pro-Cut jerseys,Â particularly in regards to authenticity. So I wanted to dedicate a series of posts with information Iâ€™ve collected over the years about Champion Pro-Cuts, and Iâ€™m hoping the many people that read this site will also provide info in the comments below. That way we can all be more informed collectors.
Let me start by saying that while I have owned over 1,000 replicas, I haveÂ neverÂ owned a Pro-Cut. As a young teenager in the pre-internet days of the early-to-mid 90s, it was pretty much impossible to come across Pro-Cuts at the mall or in sporting goods stores. They were a specialty item that didnâ€™t really have a niche outside of the world of memorabilia (collectors, autographs, etc). Also, the $250 price tag would have beenÂ a bit to high for my parents to stomach.Â And letâ€™s not forget that Pro-Cuts are made to the playerâ€™s exact specs, so a 6th grader rocking a Pro-Cut Ewing jersey is going to look like an idiot.
Over the years as I got heavy into collecting replica jerseys, I stayed away from Pro-Cuts because the high price point attracts counterfeiting, both blatant and subtle. Blatant counterfeits would be knock-offs made overseas (China) where not a single thread on the jersey is Champion. Subtle counterfeits would be taking a legit blank Champion team-issued jersey and applying a playerâ€™s tackle-twill name/number on it by an unlicensed third party.