Yet another sports memorabilia collector is complaining that he purchased a fake Eli Manning helmet.
Theodore Newman, of College Place, Wash., says he recently dropped $8,000 on a helmet he believed had been worn by the New York Giants’ quarterback because it was signed by Manning and authenticated by Steiner Sports.
But Newman, 42, now believes that the helmet — from Manning’s 2004 rookie season — is a fraud, court documents allege.
That makes Newman, a former cook, the fourth sports collector to cry foul when it comes to helmets sold as having been worn by the two-time Super Bowl winner.
Three other collectors, including a senior chief petty officer in the US Navy, are currently suing the Giants and Manning in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court, accusing them of knowingly passing fake game-used gear off as the real deal.
The civil racketeering suit — which also names Giants’ team co-owner and CEO John Mara as a defendant — is set to go to trial Sept. 25.
Newman’s story emerged last month when lawyers for plaintiffs in the civil racketeering case requested that he be added as the fourth defendant.
The request was denied recently after lawyers for Manning complained that time was running out for them to vet Newman and his claims.
Newman now plans to move forward with legal action through a separate lawsuit to be filed in NJ state court, lawyer Brian Brook told The Post.
Court papers say Newman bought the helmet on eBay in May 2015 and questioned its validity a few months later when he heard, for the first time, about the NJ lawsuit.
The avid sports collector reached out to “his representatives” at Steiner Sports about the helmet, but they told him: “Don’t worry about it,” court filings show.
So he didn’t — until the next August when his efforts to resell the helmet on eBay were thwarted by messages from prospective buyers telling him that he’d been cheated.
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