Serial numbers, game photos may help verify Brady jerseys (The Associated Press)

Now that authorities believe they have recovered the jersey stolen from Tom Brady’s locker following the Patriots’ Super Bowl win last month, the next step will be determining whether it is in fact the MVP quarterback’s missing grass-stained garment. Experts in the sports memorabilia industry, including one that has worked directly with NFL teams, say it is a tedious process that involves comparing photos and videos that captured degradation to the jersey during the game. No two jerseys are alike,” said Barry Meisel, president of the MeiGroup, which has authenticated game-worn sports memorabilia since 1997.