This is the Worst-Looking Championship Ring Design I’ve Ever Seen

December 12, 2017


I have never seen a championship ring design like this before – and I hope I never see one like it again:


Ohio Machine lacrosse championship rings


First off, I try to stay very positive about championship ring designs. After all, a team worked hard and won a championship to earn those rings.

And no matter what you or I think of the championship ring – big or small, gaudy or plain, cool or wtf, a championship ring is special to the recipients who earned them.

The Ohio Machine plays professional lacrosse and won their 2017 league championship. The championship ring shown above is to commemorate this accomplishment.

While I’m complaining about the championship ring design, please don’t get me started on the team name: Ohio Machine???

Whoever was the designer of this championship should be fired. The top of this championship ring is an attempt to replicate the team’s logo and after visiting their website, it looks like they failed to image the logo correctly. Then those shanks, as seen above, are bizarre as well.

And don’t think for a minute that a small budget had to lead to this poor-looking ring. Most High School championship rings look fantastic, and while they are not made with real gold or diamonds, they look every bit as good as their professional league counterparts.

When I first saw this championship ring I had a strong suspicion that Jostens, Balfour and Tiffany were not involved in making this ring. Turns out the “honor” goes to Herff Jones.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Impressive Super Bowl XI Raider Ring at Auction

December 11, 2017


We’ve seen plenty of Raider Super Bowl XVIII rings from 1983 sell recently at auction, but here’s a chance to get one from 1976 that comes up much less often:


Raiders 1976 Super Bowl XI Super Bowl Ring


Grey Flannel Auctions has well-known Oakland radio announcer Bill King’s Raiders Super Bowl ring for sale.

With days do go, the championship ring has already seen plenty of bids, and with the auction house’s 20% buyer premium added to the final bidding number, this Super Bowl ring is going to sell for a lot of money.

Because of supply and demand, we’ve seen some Oakland Raider 1983 player Super Bowl rings sell in the last year or two for around $20,000, and one even lower than that. While there has to be as many XI Super Bowl rings as Super Bowl XVIII versions that were distributed, the rings from 1976 seem to come up much less often. Because of this fact, look for this ring to climb much higher than the $20,000 mark as more collectors would need this ring.

Many Super Bowl ring collectors are concerned with Raider rings not containing the proper manufacturer’s marks inside the ring, but this one, like all those Raider Super Bowl XVIII rings that recently sold, have the proper Lenox markings. These markings are so deep and unusual, it would be hard for someone to replicate them on a fake championship ring.

King’s Super bowl XI ring is player size and while the player versions had their position labeled on the side of the ring, this one has the word “Radio” in that spot.

Another cool feature of this championship ring is that it comes with the original wood presentation box, shown above.

Many of the original wood presentation boxes have been lost over time and acquiring a replacement is almost impossible, since the ring manufacturer is no longer in business.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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More Mispriced Championship Rings on eBay

December 7, 2017


During the last week we’ve looked at some championship rings on eBay and found a couple that were priced fairly. Here’s one that’s priced in the stratosphere:


Dallas Cowboy Super Bowl rings for sale


Someone better tell this seller that he probably won’t be fooling anyone with his salesman sample offering at almost $13,000.00.

Checking out his championship ring listing on eBay, the Cowboys Super Bowl ring from 1993 looks to be an authentic salesman sample ring. As we’ve stated a hundred times if not more, there are many fake salesman sample rings in the market place and the price of all salesman sample rings have plummeted over the last decade.

Not only is this salesman sample championship ring authentic, the seller claims it’s made of solid gold. Quite a few of these 1993 salesman sample authentic rings were made in non gold material.

If this Super Bowl ring was put in a well known sports memorabilia auction, being solid gold, it would probably sell for around $3,000.00. Had it been made of non-metal gold, it would sell for less than half that amount.

And gold or not, those diamonds seen in the photo above are worthless man made stones, not real diamonds.

Now here’s where the B.S. meter goes flying. According to the seller in his eBay listing:

“A small tiny tiny amount were presented to Dallas VIP personnel and big time decision makers .
Think almost non existent lol
Only one the hobby has seen in years ……
And in choice condition.
Size 11.5-12 Troy aikman sample is pristine.
Weighs over 50 grams 10k gold
Lgb 10k mark is visible original owner polished inside to gain a half size or so lol”

I like how he ends this narrative with LOL, cause he’s laughing out loud if anyone believes this nonsense.

He expects the readers of his offering to believe that those Dallas VIP executives and big time decision makers were given a Troy Aikman salesman sample and thought to themselves “wow, the lesser peons in this organization got the fake-gold versions, but being an executive, look what I got!”

Yea, right, that’s how it works. Sure….

Please remember, I buy Super Bowl rings and championship rings all the time and I’m not even a big time decision maker. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Nice Player Redskins NFC Championship Ring on eBay

December 6, 2017


Priced a little high with no lower offers being accepted, this could be on eBay for a while:


Redskins NFC championship rings and superbowl rings


Speedy Duncan was a three time AFL All-Star cornerback for the Charges who is in their hall of Fame. After eight seasons with the Chargers, he played four more years with the Redskins and wound up playing in Super Bowl VII.

The championship ring is from that season is the one for sale and is officially called the NFC championship ring.

The seller is showing the Jostens mark inside the ring and the ring is 100% authentic.

You have to be careful with this NFC championship ring from that year. Some samples are not authentic and it’s very tricky to tell them apart from the real ones. Two clues would be the engraving and the other – there is less detail in the Indian’s hair on the fake rings.

The fake salesman sample version of this ring is so good it’s easy to get fooled.

Want to see how good? Here’s a link to a story I did on this matter: http://sports-rings.com/wordpress1/2013/07/28/fake-salesman-samples-are-abundant-on-ebay/

And here’s the proof:

Redskins NFC championship rings and superbowl rings


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Two For The Road – Two Super Bowl Rings Could Not Save Jerry Reese

December 5, 2017


Yesterday the Giants fired their GM Jerry Reese and Head Coach Ben McAdoo. Shown below are the two Super Bowl rings Reese earned as the Giants GM:


Giants Super Bowl rings


Football fans often say the N.F.L. really stands for “Not For Long”. Reese and McAdoo could vouch for this as they were both shown the door yesterday.

The 2017 Giants were considered a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl before the season got underway, and even though they were decimated with injuries, their 2 – 10 record this season was unacceptable.

McAdoo lost the team and personally benched Eli Manning who also owns the two Super Bowl rings shown above; and 2 Super Bowl MVP awards to go along with them. The benching ended Manning’s amazing starting streak of 210 games which is second all-time. He trailed Brett Favre who has 297 consecutive starts. This enraged fans and former players so much, ownership felt they had to make a change.

Reese was GM for ten years and while some observers felt he inherited a great team, Reese, his coaches and scouts, had an all-time great 2007 draft. Amazingly eight of Reese’s picks from 2007 played for the team that year and many made significant contributions in their playoff run and Super Bowl victory.

Reese also was credited for picking Odell Beckham Jr. in a later draft. Reese’s undoing was not improving the Giants offensive line this year, particularly at left tackle which was a problem for two seasons.

The two Super Bowl rings shown above (of which Ben McAdoo does not own either), were both crafted by Tiffany and Company.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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