Previously, I had posted warnings on these sites about game-used
XFL team jerseys & helmets. Since then, I have been in
contact with numerous former players & league employees who
have told me otherwise. Players were given the opportunity
to purchase or keep their jerseys & helmets, and many did.
Some of these have made their way into private collectors' hands,
and are available for purchase.
Many of the supposed "game-used" XFL items I've seen on
eBay are clearly fake, and are nothing more than youth helmets with
decals slapped on them. However, some players did not wear
the league-standard Bike helmet, and wore either a Riddell or a
Schutt...someday I hope to have a working database installed on
these sites so you can look up your favorite players' helmet &
facemask style, but that is still a ways off.
When pondering whether to purchase an item that is advertised as
"game-used", well, remember these words: Caveat Emptor
(buyer beware). Make sure it comes with a letter or certificate
of authenticity from a reputable dealer and you can verify its history.
Of course, another (and more appropriate) philosophy would be that
if you are not certain what constitutes game-used and what does
not, then maybe you shouldn't purchase the item in the first place
before doing a fair amount of research.
And please, don't contact me to verify if an item is game-used or
not; I do not have the resources nor contacts to do this, so I would
basically be of no help in such a matter.