Aug 5, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT
Shocking: a guy selling allegedly game-worn jerseys turns out to have been passing out fakes. Doubly shocking: the word “Authentics” appeared in the name of his business. You just can’t trust anyone these days!
Steven Jensen, co-chief executive officer of Vintage Sports Authentics, was accused in Manhattan federal court of mail fraud and wire fraud. Christopher Cizin, a postal inspector, said in an affidavit that a buyer from the Bronx paid about $3,000 for a jersey represented as one worn by Rodriguez as a Seattle Mariner in 1995. An authenticator and a former Mariners equipment manager said it was not authentic.
Best part: he was arrested at a memorabilia and collectibles show. I wonder if the timing of that was designed to send a message to the other hucksters in the room that they’re being watched.
Ugly business. Don’t let anyone sell you memories. Make ‘em and keep ‘em yourself.
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