Arguably one of the most recognizable and groundbreaking sets of the 1990's, the 1996 Upper Deck Game Jersey set (released in both football and hockey) introduced us to the world of game jersey cards.
After collecting Marino for over 27 years, it always amazes me that stuff just miraculously appears for sale after searching for so long (e.g., 1996 Stadium Club Sunday Night Redemption) or not even knowing that it existed (e.g., 1997 Stadium Club Pro Bowl), but this case of the 1996 Upper Deck Game Jersey Sample is an extreme curiosity.
Where to start...? I'll just be upfront and say I'm 50/50 on whether or not they are real. I'll lay out my observations and let you make your own opinion.
The provenance from the seller (maxxattackk) was 'got them from a guy who knew a guy.' The seller had five of these up for auction, but only two different sets of pictures were used. The first listing went for $362, followed by $275, $158, $100, and $72. Would a poor quality sample/prototype have at least five made? I don't know.
Real? Fake? Decide for yourself.