As star quarterback Tom Brady heads to the field on Sunday, his Super Bowl LI championship ring hits the auction block. Although the ring is not the exact piece Brady was given by his team, it is an almost identical replication that friends and family of football stars are allowed to purchase.

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The ring going to auction features 260 diamonds - Brady's original has 283 - and will be up for auction until February 17 at sports specialists Goldin auctions. The piece is slightly smaller than Brady's, however, it does feature the same engravings as the sports star's ring.

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The gold and precious stones on the ring is worth almost $30 000, although Goldin's experts have expected the piece to fetch a six-figure sum.

main_1492447665-Tom-Brady-Signed-LE-Super-Bowl-51-Championship-Logo-Football-Steiner-COA-TriStar-PristineAuction.com Wilson full size football has been hand-signed in silver paint pen by Tom Brady (Patriots).

As only one trophy is awarded to a winning NFL Super Bowl team, rings are awarded to winning teams as keepsakes instead of medals. The pieces feature team names, logo and the championship number indicated by Roman numerals.

47280_01-600x600 Patriots game-issued helmet featuring the classic “Pat the Patriot” logo signed by Tom Brady

All players, included injured are awarded rings as well as coaches and the team's staff. Rings are also presented to the losing team of the Super Bowl.

Tiffany & Co. designed rings are popular with NFL teams, having made championship rings for the Buccaneers, Giants and Saints.

Tom Brady is not the only star quarterback heading to the championships this weekend. Although injured, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz played a big part in getting the Eagles to the game.

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Coming up for auction at Pristine is an Eagles helmet signed by Carson Wentz.

Helmets were introduced to American football in 1903. They were made of leather and it wasn't until the 1920s that substantial padding was added to the design.  In the 1930s, a hard-wearing design with the cage feature was introduced. The following decades, teams began to adorn helmets with their graphics. By the 1950s, all helmets were made of plastic.

main_1517346167-LeGarrette-Blount-Signed-Eagles-Football-JSA-COA-PristineAuction.com LeGarrette Blount signed Eagles football

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At auction in 2008, a helmet from Superbowl VII in which the Miami Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins on January 14, 1973, sold at Sotheby's for over $10 000.

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