In its continuing coverage of our clients’ claims against the New York Giants, their starting quarterback Eli Manning, top executives, and others, the New York Daily News recently posted the following story:
THIS STORY APPEARED IN THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:
“A New Jersey memorabilia dealer named Eric Inselberg filed an explosive lawsuit last month that claims Eli Manning and the Giants passed along counterfeit game-used helmets, jerseys and other items that were later sold to unsuspecting fans.”
“This is a fraud-ridden hobby,” says Inselberg’s attorney, Brian C. Brook, who also represents GMen92. “It is an industry screaming for regulation. Steiner made representations that this helmet is authentic. Did Steiner simply take Eli’s word that the helmet was game-used?”
“The Long Island construction worker known as ‘GMen92’ on Internet collectors forums hoped
the Eli Manning helmet would be the centerpiece of his sports memorabilia collection and the jewel of his New York Giants-themed man cave. But GMen92 also knew he was taking a risk when he bought it for $4,300 from another Giants fan a few months ago. . . . “The memorabilia industry may be rife with corruption and
fraud, but Steiner Sports has enjoyed a good reputation with collectors — primarily due to the fact that they have exclusive memorabilia distribution deals with Manning and hundreds of other star athletes. . . . ‘If it came with a Steiner COA (certificate of approval), it was OK,’ says GMen92. GMen92’s faith in those Steiner certificates faded with every hour he spent scouring Giants game photos for his helmet with its distinctive scratches and nicks.
. . . “Then a New Jersey memorabilia dealer named Eric Inselberg filed an explosive lawsuit last month that claims Manning and the Giants passed along counterfeit game-used helmets, jerseys and other items that were later sold to unsuspecting fans. GMen92 now believes he was scammed. The lawsuit — which says
Steiner Sports resold helmets after eagle-eyed collectors returned them as fakes — has bruised the New Rochelle company’s reputation and made collectors wary of items offered through NFL Auctions and other sources of game-used gear. . . .”
A copy of Mr. Inselberg’s Complaint is available here.