The Giants and QB Eli Manning are going to court to refute the claims of Eric Inselberg, a New Jersey memorabilia dealer who is charging the club with being below board when it comes to authenticating items for resale. Inselberg asserts the Giants gave him “doctored” helmets and jerseys as “game-worn” when they were not.
From today’s New York Daily News (Christian Red):
“In a shameless effort to grab media and public attention, plaintiff and his attorneys filed this baseless action on the eve of Super Bowl XLVIII – which was not so coincidentally set to take place in the very stadium that the New York Giants play their home games and tactically included as a defendant, Eli Manning the franchise quarterback of the Giants,” wrote Manning’s attorneys, referring to Eric Inselberg.
The sports memorabilia industry is huge besides being flooded with fakes and forgeries. In this case, we have a dealer with spotted past challenging the Giants, who have been accused of this in the past. (O’Keeffe, Jan 30)