Game-worn 2004 Eli Manning helmet allegedly lacks 2004 helmet decal

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As the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning continue to downplay a lawsuit alleging fraudulent game-used memorabilia sales, evidence of potential smoking guns continues to emerge.

Beyond a walks-talks-quacks-like-a-duck email message that the Giants and Manning have yet to rebut with a corresponding degree of clarity, a new article from Will Hobson of the Washington Post leads with a hand-in-cookie-jar example of a game-used item that necessarily wasn’t used in the game the team and Manning claim it was used in.

Eric Inselberg, the man who is suing the Giants over the alleged fraud, claims that a 2004 game-used Eli Manning helmet with a letter of authenticity from the company that has a contract to sell Manning’s game-worn items is missing one key feature that all Giants helmets had in 2004: A sticker in the rear bearing the number 79 and the initials “R.B.,” in honor of the late Roosevelt Brown.

The Giants and Manning issued to Hobson a general denial through a spokesperson for the law firm defending the case:  “We dispute all the accusations related to the team and its employees.”

General denials are easy to issue. At some point, the Giants and Manning will have to provide a clear and specific response to the claim that Manning’s 2004 game-used helmet wasn’t game-used in 2004 (or ever) because it lacks the Roosevelt Brown sticker.

48 responses to “Game-worn 2004 Eli Manning helmet allegedly lacks 2004 helmet decal

  1. Not to downplay the really dishonest nature of what this guy might have done, but as someone who has bought his fair share of game used helmets, how do you not verify facemask, wear, and most easily-decals- in Getty images before you buy something this expensive. The most fun part of buying game used stuff is trying to match it to a particular game which again, is easy to do when Getty has 500 pictures of each game for free on their site. And even if it isn’t “fun” you should do it anyway because game matched items fetch premiums at resale.

  2. Google Kurt Warner 51219503, getty image from the preseason game against Carolina. In the background of the pic is James Brewer, no such decal on his helmet. Description says “game warn”, nothing about regular season.

  3. Between this and the emails Eli has some ‘splainin to do. Honestly if this is true, it’s worse then what TB12 (probably) did – which was obvious to everyone but Pats fanboys. TB’s mistake was denying it (and destroying his phone).

    Eli is a millionaire, born a rich kid – and this is screwing over his fans to make a few bucks on the side. No excuse. Lifetime ban.

  4. Give Eli a break just following the example his dad has been pounding into his kids heads since birth. Archie was so jaded by the Saints playing for a poor organization at the time and not making any money or endorsements that he forced his son out of San Diego to play in the biggest market in the country so he could max out his earnings. I guess that’s ok in a daddy’s boy kinda way but if this is true, it really paints Eli in a bad light. I’d like to think this isn’t true but you just do t know yet.

  5. Where’s the friggin great protector of the shield?? Its ok to defraud your fans and lie about it? Oh, that’s right there is a precedent – making up psi data and lieing about it.

  6. Over heard in Eli’s ” Stickers, no damn stickers, to hell with stickers ! We have no stickers. In fact we don’t need stickers. I don’t have to show you any sticking stickers.”

  7. Tom Brady – Allegedly deflates footballs= 4 game suspension.

    Eli Manning- Allegedly defrauds fans and lies about it =? game suspension?

    Lets see if the Comish has the stones to sideline Eli under the “code of conduct” mantra.

    If true then Eli is guilty of fraud, misrepresentation and theft of $. 8 games sounds good.

  8. This might be another example of the cover-up being worse than the crime. I suspect Eli knew he was ripping off collectors and he and Mara covered it up and used influence to get a judge who is a big Giants fan and delay the trial.

  9. Tony Soprano used to say, and repeatedly, “what’s the number? It always comes down to a number”. Eli will pay an undisclosed amount, everything confidential, game over. No ‘splainin’ to do, no criminal charges and maybe Steiner Sports takes a hit.

  10. This “game worn” stuff is definitely caveat emptor. Kind of like the two NYC cops who ran a card and sports memorabilia shop on Long Island who got busted for selling authentic Babe Ruth autographed baseballs signed in felt tip pen.

  11. Pathetic that people with so much money would try to scam others. If he peeled off the stickers why didn’t he just say he did rather than just deny any wrong doing? And obviously if he did he would have saved them. Some idiot said they may have peeled off during a game, get a clue that would never happen!

  12. margoadams says:
    Jun 29, 2017 9:49 PM
    And whatever happened to the NFL equipment guy who was stealing game used balls during Patriot games.

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    I’d bet that guy was paid to shut up so the league could continue framegate without the distraction.

    May The Farce Be With You! ™

  13. What happened to all those classy Giants? I guess it’s ok if it’s your team right G punks? When will they lose those draft picks? Maybe he can sell a game used Wilkie Talkie.

  14. The cover up of this is absolutely unbelievable.

    In the last 2 years, the Giants have done this:

    1. Covered up a memorabilia scam.
    2. Cheated with headsets on the sidelines in front of everyone.
    3. Mara lied about Josh Brown’s domestic abuse past.

    And to think Mara is the guy who called Kraft and told him to accept the cheating and corruption via Goodell for Framegate II.

    WOW

    Hello? McFly?

    I love how real cheating and violations go completely ignored.

  15. bkostela says:
    Jun 29, 2017 9:43 PM
    Tom Brady peeled NFL the stickers off his helmet this year.

    Why, someone has a lot of real estate in their brain courtesy of Patriots

  16. footballzblog says:
    Jun 29, 2017 10:20 PM
    Between this and the emails Eli has some ‘splainin to do. Honestly if this is true, it’s worse then what TB12 (probably) did – which was obvious to everyone but Pats fanboys. TB’s mistake was denying it (and destroying his phone).

    Eli is a millionaire, born a rich kid – and this is screwing over his fans to make a few bucks on the side. No excuse. Lifetime ban.

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    Probably?

    Brady did nothing.

    The Jets game had balls overinflated on 10.16.14.

    If there was some scheme before home games, that never would have been true.

    Brady took an oath and told the truth. Period.

    Meanwhile, the swarmy Giants have been cheating for years and may have been the people who dropped that lie to the Herald on SB 42 to distract the Pats and cheat some more.

    Let’s ask Johnny Tomase just who his source was for that, shall we?

  17. For all the angry Pats fans, let me remind you. Eli is 2-0 in SuperBowls against the Pats. That is all. Carry on.

  18. The Manning Publicity Machine is too strong to be taken down by this. Peyton hung brain on female trainer’s head at Tennessee and that got swept up, as well as the obvious HGH purchase (which I couldn’t care less about, but let’s keep the outrage consistent), and all that got cleaned up. Someone will get paid, this will all go away, and we’ll be back to watching these fraudulent yokels on Oreo commercials again. Nothing to see here, folks, keep it moving…

  19. At the very least, the League Office should announce they are going to look into this.

    If not, apparently screwing fans is ok with 345 Park Ave.

    I hope PFT stays on top of this one…

  20. r8dernation says:
    Jun 30, 2017 8:40 AM
    For all the angry Pats fans, let me remind you. Eli is 2-0 in SuperBowls against the Pats. That is all. Carry on.

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    lol

    The Giants D won both of those SBs, so Eli is nothing. Closing your eyes and crossing your fingers is not great SB play.

    Sorry.

    NE has 5 rings in the cap era and is clearly the greatest franchise in NFL history if not all of sports, fending off cheating owners and a cheating commissioner in the process.

    Keep it up, though. Pats fans love it.

  21. Even before noticing the missing decal the buyer was suspicious since it was a toddler sized helmet and said “Jets” on the side.

  22. exinsidetrader says:
    Jun 30, 2017 6:46 AM

    Both Mannings should become professional politicians because they’ve shown they will do anything for a buck. Sad.
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    Yep. They’re just like our current clown-in-chief. In it strictly for themselves.

  23. tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 30, 2017 9:16 AM
    r8dernation says:
    Jun 30, 2017 8:40 AM
    For all the angry Pats fans, let me remind you. Eli is 2-0 in SuperBowls against the Pats. That is all. Carry on.

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    lol

    The Giants D won both of those SBs, so Eli is nothing. Closing your eyes and crossing your fingers is not great SB play.

    Sorry.

    NE has 5 rings in the cap era and is clearly the greatest franchise in NFL history if not all of sports, fending off cheating owners and a cheating commissioner in the process.

    Keep it up, though. Pats fans love it.
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    That’s funny. Best in NFL History? Being good for 15 years does not make the Pats the best in history.

    And yes Brady was guilty of at least something, as well as spygate and I am sure there are more…..But keep it up though, the rest of the fans love it.

    Talk to us in a couple years when a few key cogs retire, let us know how you are doing then. Back to below mediocrity just like the first 30 years the franchise existed

  24. The league will look into this right after they finish the investigation into the Colts refusing to acknowledge Andrew Luck’s broken ribs

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    Not a pats fan…but yea in 7 and winning 5 superbowls in the cap era. Probably the best team in the history of the league. Damnit, wish I was a pats fan

  26. eagleslayer says:
    Jun 30, 2017 11:00 AM
    Joe Montana never lose 2 Superbowls to the NY Giants….

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    Joe was only capable of making it to 4……and of course he could not lose a SB to the Giants…..they were also in the NFC…

  27. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jun 30, 2017 10:21 AM
    I love the Pats homers out in full force with their pitchforks and yet they didn’t it when they were on the wrong side of the mob.

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    How do you think your Jets will do this season Jets’ fan? Why is your name not SuperJetsFan? Maybe you should just change it to SuperPFTTroll and get it over with

  28. It’s no wonder Patriots fans have a well-deserved reputation as the worst fans in all of sports.

  29. footballzblog says:
    Jun 29, 2017 10:20 PM
    Between this and the emails Eli has some ‘splainin to do. Honestly if this is true, it’s worse then what TB12 (probably) did – which was obvious to everyone but Pats fanboys. TB’s mistake was denying it (and destroying his phone).

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    Talk about unclear on a concept.
    Your “premise” if that’s what it is, is 180 degrees backward.
    The only people who believe Brady intentionally deflated footballs below the legal limit are crybaby Hatriot nation members, a species whose ranks have significantly declined since actual time-tested science disproved the BSPN/NFL lies about Brady.

    You could not be more wrong in yuor assessment. You actually blog? Who would read you considering you are so obviously clueless?

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