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Tag: memorabilia

CBP Confiscates More than 1,300 Counterfeit Championship Rings

CBP confiscated more than 1,300 counterfeit championship rings. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

CBP officers in Cincinnati have seized numerous shipments of counterfeit championship rings for professional sports. 

More than 1,300 counterfeit rings were confiscated over the past three months, along with many matching championships trophies, CBP announced Tuesday. 

The rings, which were cheaply made, were intercepted in 56 shipments, which originated from China. 

If genuine, the rings would be worth more than $982,000. 

They included rings for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Bucks, University of Kentucky and NASCAR. 

“Part of CBP’s mission is to protect American consumers from purchasing these counterfeit products,” LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, director field operations in Chicago, said in a statement. “This seizure illustrates our commitment to stopping counterfeit products from China and protecting our nation’s economy and consumers from those intent on defrauding businesses and consumers alike.”

19-Year-Old Sports Memorabilia Collector Led FBI to Stolen Tom Brady Jerseys

The FBI returns Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys to Gillette Stadium. Photo via FBI.

The FBI returns Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys to Gillette Stadium. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old sports memorabilia collector and avid Patriots fan provided FBI with the tip that led investigators to the person who stole Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys.

Dylan Wagner said he sold an unrelated jersey on eBay to Martin Mauricio Ortega, who showed off his impressive collection, CBS Boston reports

“He sent me 30 photos of his collection. Front and center was Tom Brady’s Super Bowl 49 Jersey. I asked him outright, ‘How did you get that?’ and he says ‘I’ll tell you later,’” Wagner explained.

Dylan shared the photos with a friend, who happened to be an ATF special agent in Boston.

Special Agent Christopher Arone later heard about Brady’s missing game jersey after this year’s Super Bowl.

“He sent me a link to an ESPN article. It stated it is not the first time a jersey was stolen from Brady and it happened after the Seahawks Super Bowl,” Wagner recalled. “I couldn’t believe this guy would have the audacity to go in and steal something that someone worked so hard for.”

Ortega was spotted leaving the Patriots’ locker room with something tucked under his arm.

The FBI and police in Mexico were able to recover both Super Bowl jerseys and return them to the Patriots.

“I would love to meet Brady one day, hopefully. It would be a dream come true. I’m just really glad he gets his jerseys back,” Wagner said.

FBI Helps Find Tom Brady’s Stolen Jersey from Super Bowl LI

Tom Brady, via Wikipedia

Tom Brady, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has helped locate the jersey that Tom Grady was wearing during the Super Bowl LI, FOX Sports reports

The jersey, which is valued at $500,000, was in Brady’s bag in the locker room after the game. The NFL believed someone posing as a member of the international press stole the jersey.

The jersey was discovered on “foreign soil.”

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