HockeyInk Suing Over Autograph Show Payments

A deal to bring several Washington Capitals hockey players to autograph signings in Virginia last March is the subject of a lawsuit.

Michigan-based Hockeyink, suing PSGameGear Sports Memorabilia over the appearances, saying most of the money they were supposed to receive for the autograph sessions hasn’t been paid.

The lawsuit, filed in Loudoun County Court earlier this month, states that PSGame Gear agreed to pay Hockeyink a total of $75,000 for a set number of autographs the company would obtain at a card show at the Dulles Town Center Mall from players Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green, Alexander Semin, Jose Theodore and Nicklas Backstrom as well as a separate signing with Semyon Varlamov at the Dulles Expo Center.  The shows took place in March.

The suit claims representatives from both companies met immediately after the appearances, reviewing the “type and quantity of merchandise signed” by the players. and settling on a dollar figure.

Hockeyink claims it was paid $20,000 but three other checks totalling $55,000 were either returned for non-sufficient funds or had stop payment orders placed on them by PSGame Gear.  The checks were to be deposited over a sixteen day period.

According to court papers, Hockeyink then made a formal demand for payment, but its requests were ignored.

Hockeyink is a major distributor of hockey autographs and has contracts with players for autograph appearances.

Hockeyink is seeking the amount it claims is due, along with interest, reimbursement for the check processing fees and the costs of attorneys.


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