U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is stepping in and seizing 60 counterfeit Steelers Super Bowl rings.
The CBP officers in Pittsburgh say that the Super Bowl rings originated in China. They then were going to be distributed to various addresses in Allegheny County. The packages were set to arrive between Dec. 9 and Dec. 23, 2020. The rings were sent in sets of six.
“But just like a jilted love,” Steve Sapp, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection field office in Baltimore said in a statement, “they’ll never see those rings because the Super Bowl rings they purchased online are counterfeit.”
Investigators say that the counterfeit rings were in trademark violation of the NFL’s and Steeler’s intellectual property. KDKA originally shared a photo of the fake rings. It shows a set that includes two Franco Harris rings, two Terry Bradshaw rings, plus rings from Hines Ward and Ben Roethlisberger.
“Steelers fans are some of the best fans in the country and I certainly can appreciate them wanting to own collector sets representing their team’s past glories. But upon further review, these rings are counterfeit and the call to seize them stands,” says Keith Fleming, the CBP’s Acting Director of Field Operations in Baltimore.
The real Super Bowl rings are valued at around $90,000. Additionally, it’s unclear how much Steelers fan paid for the ring sets.
This news comes right as the Pittsburgh Steelers are getting ready to play the Cleveland Browns in a Wild Card game.
Steelers Playing in Wild Card Weekend
It’s Wild Card weekend and the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for a playoff berth. The Steelers just played the Browns last weekend and lost to the Cleveland team after they rallied for a 24-22 win.
The AFC contest is happening tomorrow (Jan. 10) in prime-time. The Steelers started the season with 11 wins. However, they’ve lost four of their final five contests.
The Browns are visiting the Steelers in Pittsburgh for the game. Additionally, the division rivalry will have no fans in attendance. Heinz Field will only have friends, family, and stadium workers as spectators on Sunday.