It's possible the jersey was game issued, and then stripped by the team for resale, but it's impossible to be sure. With that being said, this jersey is a perfect jersey to get customized with your favorite Devils player from that time. Small block CCM authentics are very hard to find, and this example is a beauty!
I collect game worn hockey jerseys as my collecting focus, and I can assure 100% that this authentic jersey is vintage, and not some cheap remake. The item "Vintage CCM New Jersey Devils Authentic 52 Jersey NHL Christmas Tree" is in sale since Sunday, August 14, 2016. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Fan Apparel & Souvenirs\Hockey-NHL". The seller is "bupshur" and is located in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.This item can be shipped worldwide.