J.O. Sports has reached an agreement to become the exclusive online distributor of game-used gear for three more National Football League teams.
J.O. Sports Incorporated has reached agreement to become official partners with three National Football League franchises to become the exclusive provider of game-worn uniforms and game-used equipment sourced directly from those teams.
The marketing agreement includes the distribution of game-worn jerseys, pants, helmets, sideline apparel, game-used footballs and other authentic memorabilia for the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. J.O. Sports will be offering items obtained from the teams on its website.
The three additional contracts just secured add to the fast-rising Las Vegas memorabilia company’s existing marketing agreements with the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders for game-worn and game-used gear.
All game-used items will be secured by the various teams’ equipment staff, then tagged and shipped to J.O. Sports where they will be photo-matched to the specific game in which they were utilized. All will arrive with a letter of authenticity from the teams. Game-worn items will then have a special patch applied to the inside that indicates the player, date worn and opponent. Each piece is then certified with a serial-numbered hologram, which is entered into J.O. Sports’ database.
“We are in the process of taking our JOSportsCo.com verification online,” said company president Jarrod Oldridge. “With this procedure, the collector can enter the serial number on each LOA to verify his or her item. At this point, we send each piece of memorabilia to our in-house photography studio. Once the collectible is photographed, it is again bagged and ready for sale.”
The agreements mean J.O. Sports will be receiving some of the special 2009 AFL Legacy game jerseys and helmets from the Jets, Broncos, Chargers and Raiders and offering them for sale later this fall. They will also have the first game-used items from Jets’ rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez and and be the only source for equipment from Broncos’ rookie Knowshon Moreno.
J.O. Sports will have exclusive control over Chargers jerseys and helmets including the ultra-popular powder blue alternate jerseys. Nearly all jerseys and equipment will be unwashed, allowing collectors to do their own photo matching via grass and blood stains, along with helmet and hit marks.
“It’s one thing to have a piece of memorabilia with a letter of authenticity but it is another to have that same piece of memorabilia with the LOA and a photo of the item being worn with matching marks,” said Oldridge.
J.O. Sports also has non-marketing agreements which allow the company to purchase and re-sell game-used memorabilia from the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. In addition, the company has over a dozen exclusive player contracts for game-worn and autographed memorabilia relating to several NFL players including Brian Westbrook, Andre Johnson, Chris Johnson, Steve Slaton and Marques Colston.