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Tom Brady-authorized Super Bowl LI ring up for auction

A Super Bowl LI ring that was created under the authorization of Tom Brady went up for auction on Friday, with an expert estimating the prized piece of memorabilia should easily fetch six figures.

How such a ring comes into existence is interesting. While the Super Bowl-winning team foots the bill for rings for players, said players can also authorize additional rings be commissioned for family and friends. Individuals authorized to order rings have to pay for them themselves.

In this instance, the ring was consigned by an owner who has chosen to remain anonymous, per ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Additional details from Rovell’s report:

The Brady ring being auctioned has 260 diamonds compared to the one Brady and the other New England Patriots players received from the team, which has 283 diamonds each. Goldin says the auctioned ring is also about 10 percent smaller than Brady’s, though it does have the exact same engraving.

The winner of the auction will get the insurance certificate prepared by the ring’s maker, Jostens, for Brady. The value of the ring is $29,700 on gem stones and gold alone.

What makes this piece of memorabilia so attractive is how rare it is for an item related to Brady to ever be made available. It’s well-known that Brady values items of memorabilia so intrinsically personal.

“This is the first Brady award that has ever come to market,” Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions said. “He never lets things go and nobody from his inner circle has ever given up something like this.”

One need not look any further than how important such items are to Brady than the story behind the recovery of his Super Bowl LI jersey last year after it was stolen from the locker room by an unscrupulous former Mexican newspaper executive.

It will it be interesting to see just how much the Brady-authorized ring sells for at auction. Even more fascinating would be to learn who from Brady’s inner circle played a role in allowing such an item become available in such a manner.