Two New Jersey men are suing an 84 year-old sports memorabilia shop owner for what they say are fake autographs.
In September, a local newspaper offered the story of Joe Albanese, a sports memorabilia shop owner in Belvidere, New Jersey whose store has been a fixture in the community for years. The 84 year-old boasted over 3,000 in stock autographs at his well-stocked operation.
Another story appeared this week that wasn’t quite as nice.
Two men are suing Albanese, claiming they were sold numerous fake autographs over the last ten years including twelve Mickey Mantle signed baseballs, a Babe Ruth autographed ball and other Yankees and entertainment memorabilia.
New Jersey lawyer Joseph Bell and fellow collector Craig Heard headed to court after the items received a thumbs-down from James Spence Authentication.
Now, the Express-Times reports that the two are suing Albanese, who insists he would never knowingly cheat his customers.