Active NBA Players with Champion Jerseys…

Whenever an NBA veteran announces his retirement, my automatic response is to check Ebay to see the impact on the popularity/market value of his Champion jersey (sadly, I do the same when a former player dies). Kobe Bryant’s rookie-style Lakers Champion jersey started selling like crazy in the months leading up to his final game, and still remains

13 thoughts on “Active NBA Players with Champion Jerseys…

  • July 14, 2016 at 6:31 am
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    Don’t forget Pau Gasol!

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    • July 14, 2016 at 9:48 am
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      Pau Gasol was indeed part of the 2001 draft, but I haven’t included him in this list because to my knowledge Champion (USA) never produced his Memphis Grizzlies jersey during the 2001-2002 season. Champion Europe did produce Gasol’s Grizzlies rookie-style jersey, and they are fairly common given Gasol’s popularity in Europe (Spain) and the fact that he had instant NBA success as Rookie of the Year in 2002.

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  • July 26, 2016 at 6:47 am
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    Hey bro! Just wondering if you know if Champion ever made a replica Kurt Rambis jersey? If so do you know which number it would have been (31 or 18)?

    Thanks!

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    • July 26, 2016 at 10:53 am
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      Champion did not make a Rambis replica jersey to my knowledge (including his time with the Suns and Kings)…I have never seen one and have looked extensively over the years. If they would have made a Rambis Lakers jersey, it would have been #18 because he left the Lakers following the 1987-1988 season (where he wore #31), when MacGregor Sand-Knit was still producing all jerseys for the NBA. He returned to the Lakers in 1993-1994 and 1994-1995, where he changed to #18 since Sam Bowie was #31. Champion was already making jerseys for seven players on the 1993-1994 Lakers team that was a below .500 team, which might explain why they didn’t make a Rambis jersey. The Rambis jersey is on my list of jerseys I wish Champion would have made but didn’t (the list also includes Bill Cartwright, Mark Eaton and Spud Webb)

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      • July 27, 2016 at 5:13 am
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        Thanks for your response bro, that’s really helpful. I’m going to get a blank Lakers customized and will go for a Rambis #18! Are you on instagram? Would love to connect on there, give me a follow @warmingthebench if you are and I’ll follow back.

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        • May 21, 2017 at 10:15 pm
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          Unfortunately not on Instagram. I barely have enough time to update this site more than a few times a year. Maybe one day when this site is complete I’ll hop on social to promote it more. Send pics of the Rambis when you have it complete!

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  • December 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm
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    Some dude on eBay listed a Tony Parker US Champion jersey

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  • January 30, 2017 at 10:59 pm
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    How about these few replica laser prints they’re making nowadays? For example the LBJ one. I mean, are those legit or what?

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    • May 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm
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      The Champion Europe jerseys were always laser printed (dye sublimation). Champion Europe produced jerseys from 1991-1992 through 2009-2010 (when Adidas finally took over the European market). So Lebron James Champion Europe jerseys are indeed legit.

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  • February 26, 2017 at 1:42 pm
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    I’ve seen Champion Europe Carmelo and LeBron rookie jerseys on the market. Do you know when Champion Europe stopped producing NBA jerseys and would these be legit?

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    • May 21, 2017 at 9:27 pm
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      They are legit. Champion Europe had the NBA license from 1991-1992 through 2009-2010. So even when the license here in the USA went from Champion to Reebok in 2002-2003, Champion Europe still was the sole distributor of NBA jerseys overseas. It wasn’t until the 2010-2011 season that the NBA finally gave the overseas license to Adidas and Champion Europe no longer produced jerseys.

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  • May 22, 2018 at 5:52 am
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    Does anyone know where I could acquire a Raptors Muggsy Bogues jersey?

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  • November 16, 2019 at 6:09 am
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    Unfortunately after buying the Rambis jersey it is an old Jersey with a new custom print added to the front and back, so I apologise and you are indeed correct that Champion never made a Rambis jersey. I look forward to your next update, it really is an education reading your posts as a long time Champion jersey collector. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us all.

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