Al Leiter Has Three World Series Rings. So Why Did He Wear a Runner-Up Championship Ring Recently?

August 15, 2019

A very long time ago, Al Leiter used to pitch for the Syracuse Chiefs. Now he’s a baseball operations adviser with the Mets, a role that brought him to Syracuse this week:

Mets Yankees 2000 Championship Ring

Leiter returned to Syracuse for the first time in 27 years and spoke to the Mets pitchers. His mission was to make sure the group of pitchers were motivated and ready – if and when they were called up to the big leagues; for the Mets sudden and surprising fight to win a wild-card spot.

With three winning World Series rings, he could have dazzled the group with a winning championship ring.

Championship ring collectors and enthusiasts (and readers of this blog) know that most athletes are not thrilled to wear their runner up championship rings (awarded when a team loses in the finals, or Super Bowl, or World Series).

But Leiter chose to wear a championship ring tied to more painful memories, from the 2000 Mets. That team won the National League title but lost to the Yankees in the World Series.

The symbolism was clear. Syracuse is now the Triple-A affiliate of the Mets, and with New York fighting back into the heart of a heated pennant race Leiter wanted to stress the potential contributions these players might be asked to make up top.

“I can’t remember the last time I wore this. I don’t think I’ve worn it in a long time,” he said of the Mets ring. “The point was for these guys because of what’s going on in New York. And you’re in Triple-A. Don’t think it’s that far away. You could be a guy that could help, whether it’s an at-bat, whether it’s an inning (pitched) whether it’s an out, whether it’s a stolen base. Whatever.”

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At a Boston Area UPS Facility, Investigators Find Fake Championship Rings

July 24, 2019

Fresh from China, looks like these Super Bowl and World Series Rings Won’t be Selling on eBay:

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During an inspection at the United Parcel Service distribution center recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers uncovered more than 100 fake World Series and Super Bowl rings. The shipment from China (where else would they be coming from?) was destined for an address near Boston.

In all, there were 101 counterfeit championship rings, according to Customs spokesperson Michael McCarthy.

These fake championship rings are not supposed to be sold in the U.S., because the sports leagues, and the teams, and the authorized championship ring manufacturer, hold the legal right to produce authentic championship rings.

The fake championship rings won’t fool anybody, as they appear shoddy up-close and don’t contain real gold or diamonds.

The inspection by customs officers uncovered 40 New England Patriots Super Bowl LIII rings, 10 Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series rings, and 50 New York Yankees World Series Rings (for 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009). For good-measure, the shipment also included a single Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XXXI ring.

Mr. McCarthy said the matter remains under investigation.

And I’d love to know why the folks in China sent more Yankee rings to the Boston area then Red Sox rings?

Here’s a video about this story:

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Man Arrested Selling Stolen Super Bowl Rings at ‘Pawn Stars’ Store

July 20, 2019

A hotel worker was arrested trying to sell Redskins-player Mark May’s two Super Bowl rings at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas:

stolen redskin super bowl rings recovered at pawn stars pawn shop

Championship ring enthusiasts all know the TV show “Pawn Stars”. That show is no stranger to championship rings. Rick the owner of the real-life pawn shop has quite a few championship rings that are on display and “for sale”.

I put the words for sale in quotes because the price on these rings are quite high. That way, they rarely sell, and remain on display. Tourists to the store love to take photos of those championship rings.

The show has done numerous segments of people bringing in championship rings to try to sell. Some of those episodes have been covered over the years on this blog.

Mark May lost his two Super Bowl rings while attending a charity event in Scottsdale, Arizona. His two championship rings were later discovered secured in his hotel room safe.

Marcel Behnert, who is (or should I now say, was) a lead engineer at the hotel, took the items and told other hotel staff that he would return the items to May.

Instead, Behnert quickly drove to Las Vegas and tried to sell the two super bowl rings to easily the most recognized pawn shop in the world.

The pawnbroker working that day felt something was off about Behnert and went to speak to shop’s general manager, Andy Zimmerman.

“I asked the pawnbroker how much the guy was looking for, and he told me the amount, and my first reaction was, ‘Each?’ And he goes, ‘No, for both of them,’” Zimmerman said.

He instructed the broker to go back out and make a lower offer for the rings. When Behnert quickly accepted the lower amount, they knew something wasn’t right.

Zimmerman contacted their sports memorabilia expert Diamond Don, who reached out to May about the attempt to sell his Super Bowl rings. Once verified that the super bowl rings did not rightfully belong to Behnert, Zimmerman contacted the police, and they set up a sting operation to arrest Behnert.

They told him to come back to the store the next day to sell the rings and he was taken into custody by undercover officers. He was charged with theft and trafficking of stolen property.

May was thrilled that his items were found and he expects to have all of his items, including those two super bowl rings returned shortly. He praised the staff at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop for doing their due diligence and helping bust Behnert.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. This story is a great reminder, I prefer to deal with original owners of those rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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eBay Seller Claims He Has Russell Wilson Super Bowl Ring For Sale

July 12, 2019

With a low buy it now price of $25,000, zero feedback from the seller, and a ‘no-return’ policy stated in the auction, what could possible go wrong?

Russell wilson Super Bowl ring for sale on ebay

Looking carefully at the two supplied photos on the ebay listing, the “Russell Wilson” Seahawks Super Bowl ring shown above is clearly a fake. It’s not even an authentic Salesman sample ring.

The seller with zero feedback, put a short but interesting description in the listing:

“God told me to put this ring up for sell. So enjoy it whomever is going to buy this. ”

Who could blame someone for feeling this transaction is not legit after seeing the photos and the description mentioning God.

There are no additional details about this Super Bowl XLVIII ring such as if the diamonds are real, and if the championship ring is made of solid gold. And don’t even think about paperwork with this championship ring offering.

Apparently the seller isn’t all bad…. he’s offering a measly cost of $11.71 to ship this item to the buyer.

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Two Championship Rings Priced All-Wrong on eBay

June 27, 2019

Here are two offerings that won’t be selling anytime soon on eBay:

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Like many championship ring enthusiasts, I often visit the eBay website to view championship rings being offered.

I’m sure that those that do visit eBay like I do, perform a sort-function, such as highest to lowest priced championship rings. This way you can see the better championship rings on top, and those $20.00 hideous and deformed championship ring replicas from China remain out of site on your search results.

These two championship ring offerings (pictured above) wound up back-to-back on my sort, since both are at the $23,000.00 mark.

The first championship ring, looks to be an authentic Jostens Eagles Super Bowl fan ring. Nothing is wrong with this championship ring if you are an Eagles fan or wish to pursue championship ring collecting on a modest budget. However priced at $23,000 for a championship ring that probably cost way under $10,000 when it came out is not realistic.

Not only is the seller asking a lot of money for this Super Bowl ring, there’s no buy-it-now option and the seller is doing an old-time auction where the $23,000.00 is the starting bid. I’m pretty sure this auction will end without any bids.

The next championship ring has been on eBay for years and years. Shortly after this Super Bowl ring was released to players and staff, this eBay seller acquired the ring and put it on ebay at a realistic price.

I did a buy it now on that championship ring (years ago) and the seller reneged on the deal and returned my money. He stated his wife would not let him sell the ring.

Perhaps the wife changed her mind a couple of years later, and the seller put this NFC player’s ring back on eBay at around triple the original price I had agree to pay. Every year or so the seller lowers his price, as these player championship rings tend to sell in the $6,000 to $12,000 range.

The seller is still around double the high-end price range for a player’s ring who is not a star or well known. Unlike the other seller who is starting his Super Bowl ring at $23,000, the Panther ring seller is accepting best offers, but don’t hold your breath that this championship ring will be selling anytime soon.

There are some good deals on eBay when it comes to championship rings, but these two aren’t one of them.

On a personal note, I am sorry my championship ring blog site has been much slower in new content lately. All is good, but I’ve been quite busy with other things in life, and hope to get back to writing more soon.

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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