Champion Pro Cut Jerseys – Examples of Fakes (Tracy McGrady – Toronto Raptors)…

Let’s take a look at some fake Champion Pro-Cut jerseys, in particular several Toronto Raptors Tracy McGrady rookie jerseys. With the popularity of the Raptors skyrocketing over the past few years, capped off by their championship this year, Raptors 1990s Champion jerseys have been in high demand. And with high demand, come higher prices, and higher prices lead to counterfeits. One of the popular fakes on Ebay is the Tracy McGrady Toronto Raptors Rookie jersey. McGrady was selected straight out of high school by the Toronto Raptors with the ninth overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. So the first thing to note is that during McGrady’s rookie season of 1997-1998, Nike was the exclusive uniform supplier for the Raptors. Champion could only produce Raptor replica jerseys starting in 1997-1998; they could not produce Raptors Authentic or Pro Cut jerseys. Therefore, any Champion Pro Cut Tracy McGrady jersey is a fake. Below is a game used McGrady rookie jersey from Nike for reference:

Tracy McGrady Nike Game Used Toronto Raptors Jersey 1997-1998

Let’s take a look at some recent Ebay listings for McGrady Champion Pro Cut jerseys (remember, they immediately are all fakes based on the fact McGrady never wore a Champion jersey on the court with the Raptors, only Nike). Some sellers probably know they are selling complete fakes, while others probably think they have a genuine McGrady Raptors Champion Pro-Cut and do not know that they were duped at some point into buying a fake.

This listing is what I would call a “subtle” fake. The jersey shell appears to be a legit Pro Cut Champion jersey (most likely a team issued blank that was never used), and someone added a McGrady name/number kit. Looking at the jock tag, it is a legit Champion tag, but you’ll see two things immediately stand out. The sizing is 48 with +3 body length (McGrady was size 50 with +4 body length). And more importantly this jersey was issued for the 1995-1996 season, two seasons before McGrady stepped foot on an NBA court.

Tracy McGrady Toronto Raptors Champion Pro Cut Home Jersey Fake

Tracy McGrady Toronto Raptors Champion Pro Cut Home Jersey jock tags

 

Now lets take a look at some “blatant” fakes. These jerseys don’t have an ounce of authentic fabric, and the  errors on the jerseys stick out like a sore thumb. Yet they received multiple bids and sold for a couple hundred dollars.

 

The listing below is a blatant fake for the following reasons:

  • Champion never produced a Pro-Cut or Authentic McGrady Raptors jersey
  • The jersey is not double-tagged
  • The size is 46, and again McGrady wore a 50 with +4 length
  • The jock tag does not say “Made in the USA”
  • A legit Champion jock tag does not have a copyright symbol above “It takes a little more to make a Champion”
  • The jersey number (#1) is short and fat, so even the number/lettering kit isn’t legit

Tracy McGrady Toronto Raptors Pro Cut Champio Jersey Fake 2

Tracy McGrady Toronto Raptors Champion Pro Cut Hmoe Jerse Fake Jock Tags 2

 

Now let’s take a look at another blatant fake, and this time we’ll compare the double tags from the fake jersey to double tags from a legit Damon Stoudamire Pro Cut from the same season (1995-1996). The listing below is fake for the following reasons:

  • Champion never produced a Pro-Cut or Authentic McGrady Raptors jersey
  • The double tag with year/team/body length is upside down
  • The year on the jersey is 1995-1996, McGrady didn’t enter the league until 1997-1998
  • The sizing is close, but still not correct (McGrady wore a size 50 with +4 length)
  • The jock tag does not say “Made in the USA”
  • A legit Champion jock tag does not have a copyright symbol above “It takes a little more to make a Champion”
  • “Body Length +4” is sewn onto the tag, and not stamped
  • Overall, the embroidery work on the double tags is not nearly as sharp and crisp as on a legit Champion jock tag. Usually you really tell from the sizing numbers, as on fakes they will normally be thinner and not as smooth. For instance, compare the “2” in size 42 and size 52. The fake “2” isn’t as rounded on top and sides and is thinner.

Tracy McGrady Toronto Raptors Champion Pro Cut Home Jersey Fake 3

Tracy McGrady Toronto Raptors Champion Pro Cut Jersey Jock Tags Fake 3

 

And for good measure, below is similar “blatant” fake to the one above, but a road jersey. You can now easily look at the tagging and determine it’s a fake. This appears to be from the same manufacturer who made the jersey above, since they are purposefully misaligning the double tags.

Tracy McGrady Toronto Raptors Champion Pro Cut Road Jersey Fake

Tracy McGrady Toronto Raptors Champion Pro Cut Road Jersey Jock Tags Fake

2 thoughts on “Champion Pro Cut Jerseys – Examples of Fakes (Tracy McGrady – Toronto Raptors)…

  • August 13, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    You have helped answer so many of my questions I don’t know where to start. I do have 1 particular question about a jersey I’m having trouble with. It is a purple Raptors stoudamire jersey with the dinosaur,however it does not have the pin stripes. It’s just all purple with the Dino and the word raptors. The collar reads “assembled in Mexico of us components”. Have you ever come across this particular jersey I can’t figure out if it’s legit. Thanks

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    • September 7, 2019 at 5:59 am
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      The jersey is totally legit (assuming you are talking about a replica jersey, and not an authentic/sewn jersey). Champion didn’t start putting pinstripes on Raptors jerseys until the 1998-1999 season. By that time, Stoudamire was playing the Trailblazers. So if you found a Stoudamire Raptors replica jersey WITH pinstripes, that would be fake. What a lot of people don’ know is that one of the rarest Raptors replica jerseys to find is the Vince Carter without pinstripes. Those were made right after he was drafted, but then Champion quickly switched to pinstripes…so probably only one production run of Carter jerseys without pinstripes.

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