Feds intercept shipment of more than 100 bootleg Super Bowl fan rings

Phony rings varied from different championships

Mike DeNardo
July 03, 2018 - 2:50 pm
Federal authorities seized more than 100 counterfeit Super Bowl rings of varying championships.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Eagles' Super Bowl win was real. But the feds say the championship rings they seized in Philadelphia were fake. 

The counterfeiters planned a naked bootleg — until U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents pulled their own Philly Special, intercepting more than 100 fake Super Bowl rings.  

Joseph Martella, the CBP port director for the Port of Philadelphia, said it happened Friday when agents at the airport doing a random inspection noticed the poor workmanship on one express consignment parcel, which arrived June 18 from Hong Kong marked as alloy rings.

"The packaging was ... pretty much a reused box," he said. The rings were detained to verify their authenticity with the National Football League, the trademark holder.

Inside, there were 108 Super Bowl championship rings — some of them Eagles rings.

"We saw all the various different teams that were associated with these rings, and we provided it to our local experts," Martella said. "It was determined that they were absolutely counterfeit items."

Federal authorities seized more than 100 counterfeit Super Bowl rings of varying championships.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

       
The Eagles last month sold out of official fan rings, which went for $11,000 each. Counterfeit ones go for $25 online.

Martella said authorities believe this was a one-time shipment, but he added that his agents are always on the lookout for intellectual property crimes that can hurt the U.S. economy — and consumers who may think they're buying the real thing.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.