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.