Eagles fans offered insurance for jersey purchases

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Courtney Campbell, assistant sales manager at Wayne Sporting Goods on the Main Line, straightens out Eagle jerseys left after Saturday's loss. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly's wheeling and dealing may make for exciting offseason chatter, but it's wreaking havoc on the sporting goods business.

With the flurry of trades and free agent signings, and since the team failed to acquire University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota during last week's NFL Draft, area sports apparel outlets don't have a player's jersey to safely hang on its racks.

But Schuylkill Valley Sports has a plan: offer buyers jersey insurance.

For an extra $10 on the purchase of any replica NFL jersey, the Pottstown-based chain, which boasts 18 area locations but not a Philadelphia location, will protect the purchase.

If the player is traded or gets cut within 18 months of the purchase date, the buyer can buy a new jersey of equal or lesser value for 50 percent off the price tag, according to the chain's website.

Replica jerseys - which feature screen-printed names, numbers and logos - run about $100 each.

Here are the stipulations: retired players are excluded and insurance can't be purchased on clearance items. The insurance can only be applied to in-stock merchandise.

But no luck for Sam Bradford fans: the insurance doesn't apply to jerseys of injured players.

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