May 15, 2018

This is the first time I have ever heard of someone suing and seeking not only monetary damages, but also for a championship ring that had nothing to do with the case:

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A lawsuit alleging that the New York Giants and their star quarterback Eli Manning committed memorabilia fraud was settled yesterday.

“Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown have resolved all claims in their pending litigation against the New York Giants, Eli Manning, John Mara, William Heller, Joseph Skiba, Edward Skiba and Steiner Sports, in accordance with a confidential settlement agreement reached today,” the defendants said in a statement released yesterday.

“The compromise agreement, entered into by all parties, should not be viewed as supporting any allegations, claims or defenses,” the statement continued. “All parties are grateful to have the matter, which began in 2014, concluded and are now focused on football, the fans and the future.”

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The trial was set to begin in Hackensack on Monday with jury selection, but had been delayed before ultimately being settled out of court.

Manning’s marketing agent Alan Zucker sent Manning a note asking for “2 game used helmets and 2 game used jerseys” as per the two-time Super Bowl MVP’s contract with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports.

Skiba sent Manning a note asking if he could help him with the request, Manning responded: “2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli”

Another email from Skiba at a different time claimed that Manning wanted to send fake memorabilia because he “didn’t want to give up the real stuff.”

Giants organization responded by throwing support behind Manning, lauding his character and claiming the emails were taken out of context.

Here’s the part of the lawsuit that shocks me. Not only did Inselberg demanded that the Giants pay him unspecified monetary damages, he also demanded a 2007 Super Bowl ring.

Because the case is closed, and the resolution kept privately, we won’t know if the Giants issued a 2007 Super Bowl ring to Inselberg. Perhaps as final compensation, the one that’s been offered on eBay for a couple of years could be acquired.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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