The New England Patriots “Spygate” incident seems like forever ago, but the man taking the video in that case is back in the news. Spygate videographer Matt Estrella sold his replica Super Bowl ring for nearly $16,000 at auction.
From Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun:
Former Ravens linebacker Jamie Sharper’s Super Bowl XXXV ring was auctioned off for $36,883. Former Baltimore Colts defensive back and kick returner Leonard Lyles’ 1958 world championship ring was sold for $14,372.
Other items sold included a 1955 Jackie Robinson bat for $162,267, a 1966 Mickey Mantle bat for $45,720, New England Patriots Spygate videographer Matt Estrella’s Super Bowl ring for $15,810, R.C. Owens’ San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XXIX ring for $38,281 and Julius Erving’s final NBA All-Star game ring for $29,375.
It is an interesting but odd piece of NFL history to own. The auction brought in a total $2.3 million.
“We are thrilled that our first auction that was not primarily baseball items was so well received by so many collectors around the world as we set company records for most bids, most bidders and website hits,” said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions. “The Robinson bat final price, being one of the two highest-priced such bats ever sold and setting a record for this type of bat, was especially exciting.”