The owner of a golf memorabilia auction house is suing the company that has an exclusive paid autograph contract with Tiger Woods.
Robert Zafian, co-owner of Green Jacket Auctions in New Jersey, claims he mailed six pin flags that were used in previous Masters tournaments to the Upper Deck Company in California, but now the company says it doesn't know what happened to them. Woods was supposed to autograph the flags at a price of $800 each. It's a practice Zafian has done before but this time, the six flags never made it back to him.
He's now suing Upper Deck for $40,000, which is the value of the flags when autographed according to his attorney.
Zafian's attorney claims UDA Authenticated emailed Green Jacket auctions in April, two months after they were shipped to California, and said Woods had completed the signing.
Zafian's credit card was charged for $4700 (he got a $100 break on the price), but the charge has recently been reversed and Upper Deck has offered only a $200 payment per flag.
Upper Deck and Zafian discussed options for several weeks after it admitted the flags were lost, but nothing happened.
Woods signed a number of items during the private session, many of which are now being sold at The Upper Deck Store.