CANTON - The Pro Football Hall of Fame is now in the middle of a huge memorabilia scandal. The Canton landmark has been subpoenaed to prove the authenticity of several pieces of New York Giants memorabilia.
They had up until July 28th to produce documents of authenticity for 2 helmets and 1 jersey along with several other mementos.
Now this subpoena has been filed.
Autographed sports memorabilia has always been a hot commodity and not always easy to come by for the average person. But for long time sports memorabilia dealer Eric Inselberg, it’s easy and risky.
Memorabilia dealers who hawk game-used jerseys and other items typically depend on the word of professional teams and players that the gear is legit.
But a helmet on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame,— supposedly worn by Eli Manning in the Giants’ 2008 Super Bowl victory over New England — is --- according to Inselberg’s lawsuit---just one of dozens of fake items Manning and his Giants cohorts have created to fool fans and make money from collectors over the years.
Now the Hall of Fame has been handed a subpoena demanding they prove the authenticity of the New York Giants memorabilia. This includes Ron Dixon and Eli Manning’s Super Bowl helmets, and Osi Umenyiora’s jersey.
Many of those artifacts are still being displayed at the museum as player-worn memorabilia, something that Inselberg alleges is false.
We reached out to the Hall of Fame but they had no comment on the issue.
However, Brian Mulhall from Mulhall Law LLC, the attorneys for Eric Inselberg, did provide WKYC Channel 3's Jasmine Monroe with a statement:
"The Pro Football Hall of Fame was subpoenaed over six months ago in early March 2017 under the jurisdiction of an Ohio court, compelling its production of a number of documents and emails--including targeted requests related to its authentication of certain NY Giants game-worn memorabilia. The Pro Football Hall of Fame, through its subpoenaed employees, is a witness to Eric Inselberg's pending lawsuit in New Jersey and is not a defendant in that action. Nonetheless, the recent motion I filed on behalf of Mr. Inselberg in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas alleges that the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in contempt of court as a result of its ongoing failure to fully comply with lawful Ohio civil subpoenas. I have confidence that the Ohio court will justly resolve this issue after an opportunity to hear both sides at an evidentiary hearing to be held in the near future."
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