Customs officials seize 422 fake Super Bowl rings from China

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There’s a sucker born every minute. And there are plenty of people looking to take advantage of each and every one of them.

Case in point, 422 fake Super Bowl rings from China were seized in Illinois, according to Jordan Mendoza of USA Today.

Per the report, an import specialist reviewed the rings and determined that they were not authentic, and that they infringed on NFL trademarks. Officers suspected that the rings were going to be sold to consumers, as fake merchandise.

“Counterfeit jewelry continues to flood the e-commerce market, and these rings were focused on a select group of sports collectors and their fans,” LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, director of border protection field operations in Chicago, said in a statement, via Mendoza.

The message from this one is obvious. Be careful when buying big-ticket memorabilia items online. Make sure you insist on appropriate proof of authenticity. And if anything about the transaction seems even slightly out of sorts, don’t go through with it.

27 responses to “Customs officials seize 422 fake Super Bowl rings from China

  1. “Proof of authenticity” is only as good as whoever is authenticating it. So even if it has a “certificate” with it, make darn good and sure that it is from a recognized and generally accepted authenticator. Even so much as contacting the authorizing people to authenticate-the-authentication before you hand over any money.

  2. Stuff like this is easy to authenticate for buyers who do their homework. For the buyers who don’t, well, enjoy your new non authorized ring replicas.

  3. You mean that Cleveland Browns Super bowl Champions ring I ordered from China might be fake…?

  4. So you’re saying that 85 Bears Super Bowl ring I bought in China for $10 is ñot authentic?

    I swear, people will do anything to make a buck these days.

  5. As a memorabilia distributor i know these rings are very well known in the hobby and are easily accessible and sold on legitimate sites all over as replica rings. Fans collect them mainly to display them with autographed framed jerseys, photos or balls of the player/players from that championship team and in actuality they’re very inexpensive. These have been around for years and years so why is this seizure such a big deal when it says they were being sold as fake merchandise/replica rings?

  6. Vikings fans should’ve broken up the group buy over a few months.
    Cousins shouldn’t have ordered 53 himself either.

  7. I had a coworker that thought he got an eagles superbowl ring on for 35 dollars.

  8. The Scott Norwood, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, and Jim Kelly engravings blew the scheme wide open!

  9. And we thought that Vladimir Putin stealing a SB ring right out of the hands of Robert Kraft was bad!

  10. Fans buy these on eBay for around $30, they look cool and are fun talking piece. No one thinks these are authentic. Bucs and rams offered fans replica rings at around $1800, $30 soundsa lot better.

  11. I believe it was Andy Warhol who said “In the future, everyone will have their own Tom Brady Superbowl ring”.

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