More Championship Ring Observations From the Recent Goldin Auctions Event

December 13, 2018


The recently completed sale at Goldin Auctions had some strong sales figures. Here are three more examples:


(Click picture below for a larger picture)Goldin auctions championship rings


None of the championship rings offered in this month’s Goldin Auctions event belonged to me. I am not affiliated with Goldin Auctions, and I do not know who the sellers or buyers were. I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

From left to right: A sale of Calvin Ridley’s set of championship rings from 2015, Ed Figueroa’s 1976 American League Championship ring, and Chuck Knoblauch’s 2001 Yankee American League championship ring.

Calvin Ridley was a 2018 first-round NFL selection by the Falcons. He’s putting up impressive numbers for the Falcons and Ridley had an strong college football career at Alabama.

Obtaining a set of championship rings with the 3-ring presentation box on the college level from a star player is rare. The price of $34,370 which includes the buyer’s premium is a strong price. One reason college championship rings typically sell for much less than NFL Super Bowl winning rings is that the college rings are made with non-gold and inexpensive man-made diamonds.

The reason college championship rings are made with non gold and non diamonds is because the NCAA mandates this.

The two Yankee rings belonged to players on the team, who were contributors to their respective American League titles from different eras. Both American Championship rings shown above were awarded because the Yankee teams lost the World Series. The winning World Series team does not get a League Championship ring, only the losing team does.

One reason the 1976 American League championship ring did not break the $10,000.00 barrier is that the ring, while impressive and stunning, is very small. Size-wise, It is truly a championship ring from the 70′s, and is about half the size (or smaller) than today’s huge championship rings.

The 2001 Yankee championship ring is much larger, heavier, and contains a lot more bling. It sold for almost double the price of the ’76 version.

The three lots show above yielded strong prices, and once again, congratulations to the winning bidders, the consigners, and to Ken Goldin.

Perhaps in a few days, I will get to blog about some championship rings that did not sell for such great prices. This is in no-way a reflection on Goldin auctions. Just a glimpse into the volatile world of sports memorabilia sales, and the continued separation of truly rare pieces, when compared to more common and available memorabilia pieces.

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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This Auction Had Its Share of Winners and Losers

December 10, 2018


The recently completed sale at Goldin Auctions showed a glimpse of where the ever-changing championship ring market is heading:


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The three items shown above did phenomenal in the auction. Congratulations to the winning bidders, the consigners, and of course to Ken Goldin.

Please note I am not affiliated with Goldin auctions, or any of the items that appeared in the auction. I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

Besides championship rings, I collect trophies as well (as do many championship ring collectors). I would love to own a full-size authentic Heisman Trophy, but sadly the prices realized over the last few years for these iconic trophies have climbed to astronomical numbers.

Tim Brown, an all star and Pro Football Hall of Fame player had his Heisman Trophy for sale in the auction and with the buyer’s premium, it sold for an astonishing $435,762.50.

Dallas Cowboy player’s Dixon Edward’s two gorgeous Super Bowl rings sold for $31,915.00 (Super Bowl XXVII) and $44,190.00 (Super Bowl XXVIII).

The Super Bowl XXVIII ring is substantially larger and contains a lot more bling – so it’s no surprise it went for a lot more money.

Like a typical Sunday in the NFL, there were a lot of surprises and plenty of winners and losers in this auction – especially with championship rings and awards.

I’ll try to cover the other auction results over the next few days.

One thing the auction showed, is that the divide between entry level items and the best-of-the-best continue to climb and fall in opposite directions.

Like a quarterback, auction houses get too much blame for a bad result, and perhaps too much praise for a good one. Goldin Auctions is fantastic at marketing and getting the most money out of their items. So if some of the results were disappointing ,it should be noted it’s more a reflection of the hobby and demand, than it is of the auction company doing a bad job on the item(s).

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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Giants Championship Ring on eBay – Is it real?

December 4, 2018


Searching eBay this morning, there are a few nice championship rings that are priced reasonable. Here’s one to avoid:


Fake 2000 Giants NFC championship ring


An authentic Giants 2000 NFC championship ring is a large, impressive, good-looking championship ring.

Unfortunately, the one shown above, offered on ebay does not appear to be authentic, although the seller states it is.

The seller is asking $5,500.00 and is accepting lower offers. This means, if it’s truly authentic, this player-sized championship ring is priced to move.

The seller claims the championship ring weighs 52 grams, which is heavier than authentic Jostens Giants 2000 championship rings.

On examination of the photos, the rough texture that should appear on the side of authentic championship rings from this year is missing.

The Giants logo on the football helmet is set at an incorrect angle, and the engraving on the NFC trophy, and the “4″ in the “41″ score does not appear correct.

Furthermore, the prongs seem too large, and the prongs at the curve near the bottom of the “y” on top of the championship ring, seem completely wrong.

It’s no wonder an original presentation box is not included with this offer.

This championship ring offering should be avoided.

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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Sister Jean, Loyola’s Biggest Fan, Awarded Final Four Championship Ring

November 29, 2018


What a great “Feel-Good” story, and a class-act by the University:


Sister Jean, Loyola Championship ring


Earlier this week, the Loyola Ramblers college basketball team presented a Final Four Championship Ring to Sister Jean, who’s 99 years young.

Sister jean became the most well-known person associated with the team as she would lead them in prayer before games.

On Tuesday evening, the 99-year-old chaplain, who became a national sensation during last year’s NCAA Basketball tournament, received the large blinged championship ring to help celebrate the team’s improbable Final Four run.

Jean Dolores Schmidt proudly showed off the championship ring as she sat courtside in a wheelchair and a Loyola jacket, with fans chanting, “You deserve it.”

Like all college championship rings, the keepsake is made of non gold and man-made imitation diamonds.

In case you’d forgotten how big a deal she was a season ago, she gave numerous interviews and a bobblehead created in her honor, set sales records. At the Final Four, her news conference drew a standing-room-only crowd, as The Washington Post’s Chuck Culpepper wrote. “Looking in the media room, walking by, you would have thought she was one of us,” Loyola Chicago guard-forward Donte Ingram said. “I walked by, I thought it looked like Tom Brady at the Super Bowl,” Coach Porter Moser said.

She took the sudden fame in stride, calling the Final Four run “the most fun I’ve had in my life.” At a time when there’s so much to lament about college sports, she was a breath of fresh air.

Here’s the Video:





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Four Impressive Championship Rings

November 28, 2018


This recent photo on Twitter caught my eye and sent me on an internet adventure:


Player super bowl rings and afc/nfc championship rings


Was someone, (player, coach, or executive) actually awarded all these magnificent championship rings (three winning Super Bowl rings, and one AFC championship ring)?

The four championship rings are player-size, and not front-office versions that could be smaller and possibly contain less diamonds.

Remarkably they are from a 12 year span, so it could be a player who enjoyed a long career with the Patriots (but started with the Ravens).

From left to right here are the championship rings shown in the above photo:

  • 2011 Patriots AFC championship ring (the Pats lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl)
  • 2000 Ravens Super Bowl XXXV Ring
  • 2004 Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX Ring
  • 2003 Patriots Super Bowl XXXVIII Ring (on the opposite hand)

    Incidentally, all of these championship rings were designed and crafted by Jostens.

    After a little research, it turns out that the championship rings are a compilation from two players. No one has been lucky enough to earn these four Super Bowl rings individually.

    The Ravens Super Bowl ring belongs to Chris Redman, a player for the team, who spent some time with the Patriots in later seasons.

    The other championship rings belong to player Deion Branch.

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


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