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Warriors in 6? Mixup results in wrong NBA Finals pin

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. | Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

Warriors in six? That’s what one pin at the NBA’s official merchandise store implied after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals Monday.

After the blue and gold confetti rained down on the court, Fanatics, the official NBA online retailer, didn’t waste any time to start selling commemorative 2017 NBA Finals gear.

The sports online retailer giant uploaded close to 400 sports memorabilia items that night to its website, according to Meier Raivich, vice president of communications at Fanatics.

But one of those items posted was a pin that said the Warriors won in six games, rather than five.

Photo from TMZ

Photo from TMZ

After the error was found, Fanatics quickly replaced it with the correct art work.


The error was the result of a mix-up between Fanatics and Aminco International Inc., the licensee who produced the pins.

Aminco sent the original pin artwork as a placeholder for Fanatics website, according to a company represented Edward Wu. He defended Aminco by adding that Fanatics required them to submit artwork of what the end product would potentially look like weeks before the event is scheduled to happen.

Raivich said that the image sent by Aminco didn’t have “X’s” as placeholders and made it look like it was ready to be uploaded with the mass merchandise.