Afternoon....This is a Belter.
About 12 years ago, i went on a Cruise round the Red Sea.
Being a "jersey" Collector i got quite excited about the Weekly onboard Auction, which featured a Signed Pele No.10 Shirt.
That is, until i got into a conversation at the Bar, with one of the Entertainment team, a decent guy, who was also a Collector (leeds United).
He told me that a well-known Company had arranged for a Photograph to be taken showing a smiling Pele signing a No.10 Brazil strip. A Chinese company had then made 1,000 of these jerseys (with a facsimilie-real looking autograph printed on the front). They were then sent to ALL the Cruise Companies, to be sold on, at their Weekly Auctions, with an accompanying copy of Pele's Photograph and the usual Certificate of Authenticity. He then told me that after we left the Ship, they had a similar Maradona Jersey for Auction for the next/return Cruise.....So there are probably 1,000s and 1,000s of these jerseys floating about, none of them Match-worn..however framed up, they look good hung in your Mancave.
The Rule of Thumb when buying any item, is knowing who you are buying it from, and if Match-worn, whats the Provenance. In over 40 years of Collecting, i have NEVER bought anything that had a "Certificate of Authenticity" with it, or bought any item from a Memorabilia Company. Indeed i have had to warn a certain "Shop Owner" from selling dodgy items. So be careful what you buy and dont take any item at face-value.
On a different note, Framing companies such as A1, etc, are great when it comes to having your items framed, as they do a very good job, and Tommy Wright (Hibs Historical Trust-Retired Framer) was one of the best when it came to framing jerseys.