From the NY Post article:
This does not bode well for Steiner Sports. If the charges are true, it is hard to fathom why a company built on the concept of no-doubt authenticity would even take a chance if there was the slightest suspicion the material Manning was supplying was questionable. The money they made off these items had to be a drop in the bucket of their overall product offering. Why mess around like this?A former Steiner Sports employee said Thursday that staffers of the memorabilia seller suspected that not all of the “game-used” gear was real.
"Specifically, from Eli we would see it and say, ‘Come on, this is not ‘game used,’ ” the source said.
CEO Brandon Steiner declined to comment.