Eli Manning single-handedly killed the sports autograph

Regardless of what Eli Manning does with memorabilia from this point on, his signature and those of other athletes are about to be rendered meaningless.

Last week, the New York Giants quarterback handed over an email that plaintiffs in a three-year lawsuit against him claim links him to widespread memorabilia fraud. As first reported in The New York Post, the email that Manning sent on April 27, 2010, to Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba asked for “2 helmets that can pass as game used.” The helmets had been requested by Manning’s marketing agent, Alan Zucker. Twenty minutes later, Manning sent Zucker an email, saying, “Should be able to get them for tomorrow.

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