UPDATE: Adam Pardes of The Checking Line has a source who says these are, in fact, the real jerseys.
We know nothing anymore about the Flyers’ Winter Classic jerseys. Nothing! But when these sweaters popped up on Puck Daddy this afternoon, it was hard to ignore their apparent legitimacy.
A Puck Daddy reader sent a link to this eBay posting from Bleacher Bum Collectibles, a seller with a pristine rating of almost 10,000 (very high on eBay). The jersey is being sold at $150 price point, much higher (and more realistic) than the roughly $50 Chinese knockoff jerseys that are all over the internet.
Puck Daddy’s take:
If it's a fake, it's a damn good one: The Reebok tags and stitching; the NHL logos; the writing on the inside collar (which makes sense given how Reebok has been playing around with the inside collar, like the piano keys for the Predators jerseys).
These were listed by the seller on Nov. 9; considering their unveiling is on Black Friday, there are obviously jerseys that have been produced. Another view:
That Black Friday date is based on some conjecture, past jersey unveils (Flyers current orange sweaters), timing of HBO 24/7 preview show, and the fact that it’s one of the biggest online retail days of the year.
PD also points out, however, that the Winter Classic patch is on the shoulder, not the chest, a design element that was only done out of necessity for last year's Caps jerseys. Every other team has worn it on the chest. But perhaps that is to accommodate the rather large captains' patches that are rumored to appear on the jerseys.
The jersey is almost a hybrid between this leak and this leak… I’m not sure if that helps confirm them or just points toward a clever knockoff taking cues from both designs. We’ll keep poking around and see what we can find.