Feds: Sports Memorabilia Dealer Lied About Authenticity Of Jerseys

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A sports memorabilia dealer sold fraudulent merchandise purported to be jerseys worn during games by baseball players such as Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Albert Pujols, federal authorities said.

Forty-year-old Steven Jensen of Osseo, Minn. was arrested Thursday at a sports collectors’ convention outside Chicago. He is charged in federal court in New York with mail fraud and wire fraud.

Jensen is head of Minnesota-based Vintage Sports Authentics. Authorities say over the last four years, he and his company auctioned off jerseys claimed to be worn by major league baseball players during games.

But the jerseys were not authentic. Authorities say Jensen knew that, and after customers returned them, he re-auctioned them to others.

Messages left with Vintage Sports were not returned.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Mike

    The only way I will trust any “authentic” thing is if it comes with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer or one of the trading card companies like Topps or Upper Deck.

    Also, who was that collectibles guy who would occasionally come on Murph’s show?

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  • Mark Leuchte

    I wonder if he’ll sign some authentic prison uniforms for us? I want it ‘game-worn’, baby!

  • righttrack

    The sad part is that most sports collectibles are now made in China anyway.

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