A piece of memorabilia from one of the most memorable Super Bowls in recent history is going up for auction, and New York fans will certainly be excited for it.
Eli Manning’s helmet used in Super Bowl XLII is going up for auction. Super Bowl XLII is when the then-undefeated New England Patriots lost to Manning’s New York Giants 17-14. The game is most remembered for its final drive that was saved by David Tyree’s helmet catch. Considering how great the game was, as well as the ending of the Patriots undefeated season, you know people will want this helmet.
“This is a very significant piece,” said Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin. “Bidding for this will definitely surpass $130,000.”
If it were to sell for $130,000, that would make it the most expensive football helmet ever sold.
The Manning helmet is under a bit of controversy. Collector Eric Inselberg said he purchased this helmet from the Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba after the Super Bowl. However, Inselberg saw that the Giants claimed they had sent the helmet to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Inselberg sued the Giants saying the team had manufactured a second helmet that wasn’t used in the game to be shown in the museum and claiming it was the real one.
The lawsuit was settled in May.
We’re guessing there won’t be any Patriots purchasing this helmet. Unless they intended to destroy it.