Have you ever seen a patch you were interested in on ebay or other platforms and were wondering if it's really vintage or not? In the past years I always had these issues when I started buying and trading patches.
After a while I figured it out and to be honest, it's actually pretty easy.
Here's a small guide from me to y'all ; might be useful. In case you feel that an integral part is missing, feel free to contact us.
1. The copyright:
A very basic clue that a patch is official/vintage is identifiable by a copyright, which is mostly easy to spot. Unfortunately not all vintage patches do have a copyright and as you can see on the photo below, some bootleggers even add the copyright on their replica. Thus, a copyright should never be your only indication that a patch is indeed original.
It's always recommended to check the border of the patch you're getting. As on the picture below you can easily find out which one's the bootleg. The border of vintage originals is not as compacted and firm as in newer patches. The reason for that is simply advanced technology. Newer weaving machines are able to produce more durable patches nowadays. As you can see in the picture below, the border of the bootleg below is more dense than the border of the original above.
As mentioned above, weaving machines and their technology have vastly improved. This leads the newer patches to have a more compacted weaving structure. As you can see in the example below, the silver thread of the originals band logo is shimmering through the black weaving. This effect can be observed with almost all vintage patches.
The last hint is more or less self-explanatory. Newer patches look different on the back too. Newer patches are also almost always firmer to the touch. As you can see in the example, the backings of newer patches are more uniformous and rarely have any creases.
We really hope that these advices help you in future to identify original vintage patches. If you are unsure, it might be better not to buy it or ask an expert to be sure.
If you want to get into vintage patch collecting, you have to master this task or else you might lose a lot of money, below are some other comparisons:
Here is the source (shieldmaidensvoice.com)