Apparently, and this is news to me, one doesn’t need to work for an NFL franchise to be bestowed a Super Bowl ring; teams apparently give out “friends and family” versions of Super Bowl rings as well.
And one of these rings, from the New England Patriots’ stunning comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons over a year ago, recently went up for auction and shattered the record for the most expensive Super Bowl ring ever.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, a friends and family version of Tom Brady‘s Super Bowl LI ring was sold by Goldin Auctions on Sunday morning for the bonkers price of $344,927, shattering the previous record for an NFL championship ring, set by Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl XXV ring that garnered $230,401 in 2012.
The ring, which has 265 diamonds compared to the 283 that Tom Brady’s actual ring has and is about 10 percent smaller, has the same engraving that Brady’s ring would have. The ring comes with a letter of appraisal from its maker, Jostens, for Brady that assesses its jewelry value at $29,700. Ken Goldin, president of Goldin Auctions, which sold the ring, would not say who consigned the ring or how it was obtained. Goldin also said the buyer prefers to remain anonymous.
“Why thank you for this kind gift, Tom. I’ll cherish it forever … or at least I’ll cherish the house it buys me.”
Brady’s got a wife, two parents, three kids, and three sisters. We doubt the anonymous individual is one of his young offspring, though if the seller really is his five-year-old daughter, then this Boston-area radio host might have been right all along.