MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CN) – A golf memorabilia company claims The Upper Deck lost “priceless” tournament golf pin flags signed by Tiger Woods. Green Jacket Auctions claims Carlsbad, Calif.-based Upper Deck charged $4,700 for the autographs, then admitted that it “probably lost the flags.” Woods is not a party to the lawsuit.
Green Jacket and Robert Zafian claim that they had “exclusive agreements to produce memorabilia” with Upper Deck. Green Jacket claims that after setting up a “hobby direct account” with Upper Deck, it shipped the company golf pin flags that had been used at the Masters Tournament, to be autographed by Woods. The autographs would make them “extremely rare items and considered by many in the memorabilia industry to be priceless,” according to the complaint in Morris County Court.
Green Jacket says Upper Deck charged it $800 per signed flag, minus a $100 discount.
Green Jacket claims that Upper Deck sent it an email stating that the flags had been signed by Woods and shipped back to Green Jacket in early April. The email added that Green Jacket’s “credit card would be charged the amount of $4,700” for the autographs, according to the complaint. On April 30, when the flags had not arrived and Green Jacket asked Upper Deck where they were, Green Deck allegedly admitted that it had “probably lost the flags.”
Upper Deck allegedly acknowledged that because it was at fault for losing the flags, Green Jacket “would be made whole.”
That didn’t happen, Green Jacket says. It claims that Upper Deck sent it a check for $1,200 – $200 for each lost flag – a “policy that the plaintiffs never agreed to or signed,” and much less than the flags were worth. Green Jacket seeks damages for negligence and breach of contract. It is represented by Philip Tobolsky of Howell, N.J.