(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Federal officers have seized nearly 100 counterfeit sports championship rings that were easily determined to be frauds, officials said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Chicago intercepted 86 of the rings that were supposed to be championship bling “but were constructed of poor quality and lacked security features,” the agency said in a news release.
The items came from China and were bound for Missouri.
The parcel contained fake championship rings from the Chicago Bulls (24); New York Yankees (34); St. Louis Cardinals (22); and the Philadelphia Eagles (6).
The rings, had they been legit, would be worth an estimated $2.38 million, officials said.
“Shipments like these prey on the many sports fans across the nation who may be scammed into paying high prices for fake memorabilia,” LaFonda Sutton-Burke, CBP’s director of field operations in Chicago.