Spy Gate ring up for sale
You can own Super Bowl ring given to man behind 'Spygate' camera
FEB 06, 2014 4:19a ET
The man behind one of the most infamous moments in NFL history is selling one of his Super Bowl rings. And it could be yours for less than 10 grand — for now.
Goldin auctions is selling off a Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX championship ring. That game is not particularly memorable, New England beating Philadelphia 24-21 in Jacksonville, Fla., in February 2005. The game was close, the first Super Bowl tied going into the fourth quarter.
But what makes this ring of particular notoriety — or perhaps notoriousness — is the name inscribed on the ring: "ESTRELLA". According to Goldin's web site:
"The ring is of a special historic nature, as it was given to Matt Estrella, who was famously the scapegoat in the videotaping 'spygate' affair."
This is the ring originally given to Estrella, the video assistant who was caught filming the sideline signals of the New York Jets in 2007, igniting the "Spygate" scandal that ultimately cost the Patriots a $250,000 fine and a first-round draft pick, and head coach Bill Belichick $500,000. The incident continues to serve as fuel to those who questioned the validity to the Patriots' three Super Bowl championships won prior to Spygate. (Super Bowl XXXIX was New England's third title in four seasons.)
The New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX championship ring once belonging to 'Spygate' videographer Matt Estrella which is now up for auction.
The Patriots would finish that 2007 regular season undefeated before losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII in one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history.
As of 4 a.m. ET on Thursday, bidding on the ring was at more than $5,700, plus buyer's premium (a percentage of the price of the winning bid, dependent upon method of payment). Bidding ends at 10 p.m. ET Friday night.
According to ESPN, Estrella signed an affidavit stating he worked for the Patriots until 2009 and sold the ring in 2012 to "the person who consigned the ring to Goldin for the auction