New claim over Eli
Another sports-memorabilia collector is complaining that he purchased a fake Eli Manning game 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 say he’s been duped into buying a game helmet worn by the twotime 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 coowner John Mara as a defendant, is set to go to trial Sept. 25.
Newman plans to file a separate suit, his lawyer, Brian Brook, told The Post.