What sort of nightmares do game worn jersey collectors have? Here’s one.
A jersey David Trezeguet purportedly wore when France beat Brazil 3-0 in the final of the 1998 World Cup soccer match turned into some very expensive rags when customs officers in France got ahold of it.
The price was $7350 Euros or nearly $10,000 in American dollars.
Demolis is an electrician with a small collection of superstar jerseys. His latest acquisition was shipped by courier and made it to France. Happy knowing the seller delivered, Demolis couldn’t wait to put the jersey on his wall.
‘He’s a very well-known vendor and the jersey was official,” Demolis told the paper. “You could see that, so I cracked. For me, it was the ultimate piece in my collection.”
Close as he may have gotten, Demolis was in for a rude awakening. When went to pick it up at the local customs office, he was told the jersey had been destroyed by customs officials, who thought it was a counterfeit because the stitching was of poor quality.
“‘I was told that the jersey had been destroyed as a fake by customs officials,” Demolis said. ” I went mad.”
It’s sort of like having your Peyton Manning Super Bowl jersey ripped up.
” I was prepared to pay so much because those French jerseys from ’98 are very hard to come across. There are only six in circulation,” Demolis said.
It’s typical for customs officials to seize items suspected of being non-genuine but they’re supposed to hold them for a week. Demolis says he’s pursuing the case and hoping he can win a reimbursement.