Nine counterfeit Patriots Super Bowl rings and two counterfeit World Series rings destined for Drexel Hill were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the eve of the hometown Philadelphia Eagles game against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, according to cbp.gov.
If authentic, the Patriots rings and Houston Astros and New York Yankees World Series rings would have had a manufacturer suggested retail price of $526,000.
Officers initially examined the express air shipment from China Oct. 15. It was destined to an address in Drexel Hill and was manifested as “box,” with a value of $14.
Officers suspected the rings to be counterfeit and detained the shipment.
An investigation verified the rings were counterfeit.
“Scammers and transnational criminal organizations take advantage of collectors and sports fans who desire to obtain a piece of sports history to line their pockets with illicit financial gains,” said Casey Durst, director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office.
Border Protection protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement program.
On a typical day in 2018, CBP officers seized $3.7 million worth of products with Intellectual Property Rights violations.
Read more about this counterfeit merchandise seizure here.