Want to see an NBA player wear a jersey you've ordered him to put on?
The NBA and The MeiGray Group have launched a website for their partnership which will allow collectors and fans to purchase game worn jerseys.
The league and the company have created NBAGameWorn.com to take a little of the guesswork out of authenticating current game-worn jerseys and give buyers the chance to order a specific jersey and see it worn on the court.
Teams participating in the program are the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers. MeiGrey President and Chief Operating Officer Barry Meisel told Sports Collectors Daily he is hoping additional NBA clubs will join the seven current participants in the program by next season.
The program mans collectors will be able to purchase game worn jerseys from All-Stars like Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki and Brandon Roy directly from the NBA and its partner.
Jerseys authenticated by a unique security system will be coded, tagged and security-numbered before players wear them on the court in preseason, regular season and playoff games.
Potential buyers can actually place an order for a jersey to be worn in a game, much like the NHL game worn program MeiGray has had in place since the 2002-2003 season.
Jerseys will be available for pre-order at a listed price once the player wears it onto the court in an NBA game. Collectors may order a jersey by placing a 25 percent deposit, and follow a jersey as it is worn by the player during the season. Once the jersey is no longer needed by the player, and after it has been authenticated by MGG, it will be delivered.
"We are always looking for ways to bring our fans closer to the game," said Lisa Goldberg, NBA Senior Director of Trading Cards and Memorabilia. "This new program with the MeiGray Group will allow our fans to get exclusive memorabilia with the NBA’s authentic stamp of approval."
Collectors can request jerseys from certain parts of the season and the program is designed to reveal exactly when the jerseys were worn. The participating teams will log the details of the jersey's use into a database and pass the information to the buyer once the item is sold.
"We’re proud and honored that the NBA chose us as its partner," Meisel stated. "The collecting of game-worn jerseys has become one of the sports memorabilia industry’s most popular pursuits, and the NBA and MeiGray both recognize the importance of absolute authenticity."