New claim over Eli

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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.

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