Ornstein admits selling jerseys as game used

(This story originally appeared on www.sportscollectorsdaily.com)

The June guilty plea of sports marketing agent Mike Ornstein to federal mail fraud and conspiracy charges involves the resale of Super Bowl tickets at a hefty profit, but sports collectors are more concerned with another part of his activities.

Ornstein, a former Oakland Raiders employee who had a close association with Reggie Bush and was lauded in a book written by Saints coach Sean Payton last winter, pleaded guilty to federal charges four months ago.

In court papers obtained by Sports Collectors Daily, Ornstein admitted to profiting from the sale Super Bowl tickets obtained from people who, “through the course of their employment,” had been able to buy them at face value during a period of years from 1998 to 2006.   It’s likely some of those sources of tickets were employed by NFL teams, a proposition that could mean trouble for them.

However, those court papers also include an admission by Ornstein that from 2000 to 2003, he  was able to purchase dozens of authentically-made NFL player jerseys from a Berlin, Wisconsin manufacturer and falsely represent them to the collectors market as game worn.

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