Most collectors can’t afford the real thing, but pro sports leagues don’t like unlicensed replica championship rings. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are continuing to crack down on shipments of those rings that arrive in the United States.
CBP officers in Memphis say they seized 631 counterfeit championship rings with NFL, MLB and NHL trademarks over a recent 13-month period.
The rings, in packages sent from China, were part of three different shipments and were headed for various addresses in the United States. Team logos and copyrighted names are used on the replica rings, which are sent to the U.S. and typically sold to fans and collectors.
“One of CBP’s responsibilities is to protect Intellectual Property Rights. Our officers do a great job of detecting and seizing counterfeit goods,” said Michael Neipert, Port Director for CBP Memphis, which is assigned to CBP’s New Orleans Field Office. “If a deal on a trademarked item appears too good to be true, it probably is.”
The Area Port of Memphis, is one of three area ports assigned to the CBP New Orleans Office of Field Operations. CBP New Orleans also has area ports in Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans, covering Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama.